Fingerstyle Blues 3

by Nicola Mandorino

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  • Hello GMC!

    This lesson is a rock-blues fingerstyle song played in shuffle rhythm.

    This rhythm is very good for slow blues.
    Shuffle eighth notes alternate a long note and a short note. The long note falls on the beat and the short one in between on the upbeat.

    You are essentially playing the eighth note triplet, but not playing the middle note of the triplet. You may think of the first two notes of the triplet as being tied together or, just missing the middle note of the triplet.
    It’s easiest to understand it by hearing it. It is a very familiar rhythmic feel that’s heard in rock, blues, and jazz.

    I used a thumbpick to get a more powerful sound.

    Even in this lesson the thumb plays a regular rhythm chanting the time, the other fingers play the melody and the solo on the other strings. Playing in this way makes you independent from other instruments.

    As you can see in the video I put the palm of my right hand on the sixth, fifth and fourth strings.
    This allows me to get a more beautiful sound, the bass should not cover up the other notes. Try it.

    Perform the exercises very slowly at first, then gradually increase the speed until you master the technique.

    Contents :

    Fingerstyle Blues 3 - video parts 1-8

    Gear used :

    Acoustic guitar: Taylor 410 CE
    Strings: Elixir Polyweb .012-.052

    Onboard Fishman Prefix Plus - right channel
    Mini mic Audio Technica Pro 70 - left channel
    USB audio interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4

    Key : E Mixolydian

    Tuning : Standard

    Tempo : 90 bpm

    Chord progression :

    Basic 12 bar blues progression

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