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Freight Train

Daniel Lawing (312) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

This is a nice fingerstyle piece. It involves fingerpicking (Travis Style) as the harmony then adding a melody. Even though this isn't an arpeggio style song you should let the melody to ring out more than the composer did. It's in the key of C and will advance your fingerstyle playing greatly. As always with all my lessons you can up the tempo and have fun with it as soon as you get the song down pat. It is good to hold the chords while playing and use a barre F chord with this song. If your unfamilar with the Merle Travis fingerpicking style there is a diagram below in 4/4 timing. This is a basic idea of a Travis Style Fingerpicking there are also other varations of these fingerpicking sequences that you could research if interested.

The numbers represent the string numbers like
  • 1=HIGH E STRING
  • 2=B STRING
  • 3=G STRING
  • 4=D STRING
  • 5=A STRING
  • 6=LOW E STRING

    The fingering goes like this
    • p=pulgar(thumb)*
    • i=indice(index finger)
    • m=media (middle finger)
    • a=anular(ring finger)

      When fingerpicking use a "Free Stroke" meaning plucking a note then pulling it out to avoid touching the next string. Remember, it barely misses the next string. Do not pull your fingers away from the guitar too far or the string will slap. "Free Stroke" with the thumb is similar, after the thumb stokes a string, it's moved slightly outward to avoid hitting the next string.

      On this pattern hold a 6 string chord for instance, a G chord or E.
      • 6 STRING CHORD
      • 6 2 4 3 6 2 4 3---STRING NUMBER
      • p m p i p m p i---FINGERING

        • On this pattern hold a 5 string chord such as a C or Am.
        • 5 STRING CHORD (strings 5,4,3,2,1 as explained near top of page)
        • 5 2 4 3 5 2 4 3---STRING NUMBER
        • p m p i p m p i---FINGERING

          • On this pattern hold a 4 string chord (strings 4,3,2,1) such as D or a 4 string F chord (in this song a 6 string barre F chord is used
          • 4 STRING CHORD
          • 4 1 3 2 4 1 3 2---STRING NUMBER
          • p m p i p m p i---FINGERING
          *Your thumb will alternate the bass notes.

          If you want to master this style of fingerpicking I suggest looking up Guitar Basics Vol. 1 in my resources Any Questions.........????comments???? send me a message.The song is on Page 2. See you there