In this Folk Fingerstyle Module I hope to give you all the tools you need to go forth and explore fingerstyle guitar (using fingers to pick out notes individually rather than strumming with a pick). It's based on Folk style songs and patterns but they apply across many related styles and is a great foundation for anyone that wants to get into finger picking in any style.
We'll be mostly working on fingerpicking patterns, technique and bass note movement but also how to add in notes within chords to bring a melody out, which is great fun and a very deep well to explore!
I gotta admit I'm a bit of a folky at heart. Some of my favourite musicians are folk style artists: Neil Young, James Taylor, Bob Dylan - I guess the honest nature of songs resonate with me but I also love the physical playing of the style too - it's both simple and complex at the same time. The melodies are often simple but have a bed of complex fingerstyle patterns behind them. I'm sure you'll enjoy playing them too!
Folk Fingerstyle Module Intro
In this first introduction lesson we look at things you should know before starting and run you through an outline of the course!
Folk Fingerstyle Patterns Part 1
To start our Folk Fingerstyle journey we're going to check out four very common fingerpicking patterns that you'll find come up a lot and make a solid foundation!
Folk Fingerstyle Patterns Part 2
Only when comfortable playing the patterns in Part 1 without thinking about them, should you move onto these new patterns which introduce Finger 3!
Creating Fingerstyle Patterns
Once you have some of the common patterns down, I think it's important to start making up your own patterns - you'll learn a LOT on this journey!
Major Chord Scale Relations
In this lesson we explore the relationship between the Major Scale and the three major chords in it's key. Fascinating and really useful stuff!
Happy Birthday Chord Melody
Everybody should know how to play a chord melody version of Happy Birthday!!! In this lesson we are looking at a real simple chord and melody version, we're not g...
Minor Chord Scale Relations
We've already looked at the relationships between the 3 Major Chords in the Key of C (C, F and G) so now it's time to look at the Minor Chords in the Key of C: Am, D...
Waltzing Matilda Chords & Melody
There are some really tricky versions of Waltzing Matilda around, but in this lesson we are just going to be looking a super simple version so you can see the chords a...
Basic Travis Picking
Mearle Travis was a great and innovative guitar player, and his style of country finger picking became a very commonly used pattern in Folk Fingerstyle and all the oth...