Lick of the Day: Paul Riario - James Taylor Style Fingerpicking

Posted Oct 7, 2011 at 3:35pm
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Check out Lick of the Day http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-world-lick-of-the-day/id371728474?mt=8 a free download for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch available at the App Store "Like" us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/guitarworld This is a James Taylor-style fingerpicked riff in the key of D. I'm using my thumb to pick the bass notes on the D, A and low E strings and my fingers to pick the notes on the top three strings, mostly the index and middle. What I'm basically doing here is holding down a different chord shape in each bar, picking out the notes individually and adding decorative melodic embellishments, using hammer-ons and pull-offs. The goal is to allow all the notes in each bar to ring together. Notice that I hold the last chord in bar 3 and let it ring into bar 4. When performing the double-stop hammer-ons and pull-ups within the D chord in bars 4, 9 and 10, make sure the notes on the G and high E strings move together in lock-step fashion. The tempo is 110 beats per minute, 95 for slow practice.
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