Intro the synco! Now that we have ahold of our thumb, let’s usher in some syncopation! It’s all about the back beat, baby!
Thanks Ben… I am now barred from the library for clapping and counting loudly
Hooray for up beats! Funny thing is, playing in between the downbeats is easier for me than a whole bunch of down beats together (maybe I am just weird). Good stuff! People have been asking for something like this quite a bit.
“Sorry, I couldn’t resist”?
Fun lesson. Can’t break my habit of alternating index & middle fingers, but I guess there’s no harm in that and makes them a little less busy. Really looking forward to future exercises!
Doc Watson jokingly said it took him 10 years to perfect the alternating thumb back beat. There are other sequences also. Instead of alternating strings 5-4-6-4 you could also alternate strings 5-6-4-6 or others. In Deep River Blues, Doc alternates strings 6-4-5-4. Try it for variation after you have mastered Ben’s 5-4-6-4.
Generally speaking (from what I’ve read & understand), the alternating thumb pattern “begins” on the root-note of the chord at the beginning of the measure. For example:
In a C-Chord measure, I think most people would begin the measure on 5-4-6-4
In an F-Chord measure, I think most people would begin the measure perhaps on 6-4-5-4
That said, I’m certain there are many exceptions depending on the application.
When will lesson #3 finger-style be posted? I have succeeded well enough practicing #2 that I found a do-able tab for “Freight Train” and have been working on that, and also have a tab for Mississippi John Hurt’s “Make Me a Pallet on your Floor” that I plan to work on next after I get “Freight Train” down. One advantage of working with your two lessons as a base is that I have a better sense of when to choose Thumb vs Index + Middle finger to play notes (which isn’t explicitly specified in the tabs I have - maybe they will for whatever tune you put up first for your course?
One of my favorite fingerstyle guitar pieces. Think I’ve got about 4-versions down now. It’s an addictive song to play to be sure!
Or…“Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor” - in the style of Mississippi John Hurt would be another nice choice.
You get done with me, you just as well kick my dog around too.
Now now now, @OldBill…I’ve got a new fingerstyle lesson coming this week that’ll probably get the cat involved as well.