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Feel the Strings

Josh Graves (2401) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 220
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This is a little run that incorporates hammer-ons, pull-offs, bending and slides, and it's very "fingerstyle friendly". Some licks that are played with a plectum are simply impossible to re-create with the fingers without finding some imaginative solutions, whereas others lend themselves to the fingers quite nicely. With practice this one can (and should) sound as seamless as the MIDI sequence. The left hand fingering should be fairly obvious. You don't need to use the 4 finger at all (unless you want to). On the third beat in mm. 6, use the 2 finger to slide to the 9th fret and the rest falls into place.

As for the right hand, I'm going to be more specific. The lick starts with an 8 note pattern which is played 3 times, once beginning on the 5th string, then the 4th, then the 3rd. Finger each pattern exactly the same. For each note I'll indicate the appropriate right hand finger, or a letter in parenthesis if the note is actually sounded by a hammer-on (h) or a pull-off (p): {T (h) i m T (p) T m} (x3) This should be fairly evident as the best fingering, and it lends itself nicely to the next part which begins with the i. I'll continue in the same manner for the rest of the notes, using (b) to represent a bend, and (s) a slide. (This part starts on the 1st string, 5th fret, grouped by measure.) {i (h) (p) T m T (p) T m} {T (h) (p) T m T (p) T m} {(h) i T m i (s) m T} {m T m i (b) (b) (p) T} {m T (p) m i (s) T m} { m (b)}

Every note should be accounted for. This is the way I finger it and I think it works well, though there are other ways that may work. However, keep in mind that no finger plays two 8th notes in a row, and notice that T m T (like the exercise) happens frequently. I happen to favor the m finger and you may not, but try it this way slowly a few times and see if it doesn't grow on you...

Good luck!
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