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Brandon Earman
post Nov 28 2011, 05:52 AM
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Happy holidays GMC! I just got a new (used) Taylor 414-CE limited koa wood edition. It is one sweet guitar so far! I want to learn Brent Mason's "First Rule of Thumb" song:

But I think it might be a bit advanced for me at this time. Can anyone suggest a song that would help practice my fingerstyle/jazz technique to better prepare me for the First Rule of Thumb song?

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Sinisa Cekic
post Nov 28 2011, 03:21 PM
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That "walking bass chord comping" technique requires a lot of concentration. I would recommend you to find some PDF how to play this kind of style. It's very important to analyze the progression, and how to create a bass line.It doesn't matter to find a specific song for the exercise but the technique of playing with your thumb!



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Cosmin Lupu
post Nov 28 2011, 05:09 PM
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Uh, not exactly my specialty but hey, it looks and sounds pretty darn dangerous biggrin.gif do what Sinisa told you biggrin.gif


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Ivan Milenkovic
post Nov 28 2011, 06:39 PM
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Well, should be doable, I think biggest issue here is time issue, until you memorize the piece. The changes itself are not that fast, and you can split it into pieces and practice like that. I notice lots of chords are repeating, with some small variations, so once you get through the half, you'll learn around 80% of it. That fast lick towards the end might represent an obstacle, but you can always skip it/simplify it if it's too hard.


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Brandon Earman
post Nov 28 2011, 08:06 PM
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Thanks for your help guys. I will try to get some walking bass comping practice before I tackle this piece.


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I learned a couple of these standards, and they took me a while but I still play them after months and months, I want to learn more!


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