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30 Fingerstyle Licks You Must Know. This course is designed to explore the various techniques needed to play contemporary fingerstyle guitar. There are 5 different areas of study each containing 6 exercises. This course covers a wide range of techniques meant to introduce as well as refine your playing in short single riff-style pieces.
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There are 5 different groups of fingerstyle licks. Trevor starts with Group 1 “Fingerpicking Patterns” where we get a handle on various string sequences and lining up fingers with right strings and frets. The next group is “Single Lines” that focuses on getting the fingers to articulate one note at a time, often multiple notes on a single string and changing positions on the fretboard. Group 3 “String Percussion” is an essential trademark sound of contemporary fingerstyle guitar technique and zeros in on using the thumb and palm against the strings to play a beat along with fingerpicking patterns. Group 4 is called “Body Percussion” and it opens up possibilities of thinking of the guitar body like a drum set with various options of sound, while making sure to line up each sound with the beat. The final group is “Crafting Melody” with a strong emphasis on tying these various elements together to serve a melodic purpose.
To get you started, Trevor provides a brief introduction on what will be covered in this fingerstyle lick pack and what it's designed to help you accomplish.
Trevor kicks of these must know licks with a Gmaj7 type of picking pattern that has a nice flow and roll to the pattern.
This lick hops back and forth on the upper strings, while keeping a steady beat with your thumb. The tonality is centered around a C add 9 and a G Maj 9.
Here is a classic Travis style pattern reminiscent of 60's folk. The chord progression centers around the key of C.
Now let's make use of the open strings on our guitar, while syncing our other fingers on a back and forth type movement.
This lick uses hammer-ons to extend the line and increase the number and availability of notes. Even though the picking hand is only plucking 4 notes, using hammer-ons makes it sound like much more!
Trevor shows us a lick here that ascends the neck, all the while hammering on notes from open strings. This is a great way to get some good hammer on 'target practice' in!
This lick uses the three note per string patterns common to most legato playing.
Here's a sliding riff that spans the neck of the guitar in 3 different octaves.
Trevor shows us a three note per string ascending pattern that allows for fast and clean articulation across the fretboard.
This pentatonic lick in D covers a lot of territory on the fretboard, resolving to a hammered on chord at the end.
Now let's look at employing a banjo roll style technique across the fretboard. This E minor lick benefits from the consistency of this technique.
Again let's try the banjo roll technique, this time using it on a G major scale. The thing that makes this scale sound great is all the open strings we can find along the way!
In this lick Trevor introduces some percussion hits played with the thumb while the other fingers are plucking chords.
Now let's take the previous lick and add some percussive sounding ghost notes to give it even more groove.
Here's another lick that adds percussion. The difference here is that the percussive hit is more sparse, giving the lick a laid back feel.
The thumb hits continue there, but this time the left hand is moving up the neck more; in the bassline and in the chords.
This lick employs lots of percussive hits, ghost notes and chord plucks, along with left hand movement.
Now that we've added basic 'snare' drum type patterns, let's look at adding a 'kick' drum to this next lick.
This lick takes us in a different direction, with an isolated hammer on lick on the left hand, all the while creating a kick and snare groove with the right hand. A challenge for sure!
Here's a laid back strumming riff that uses ghost strums and percussion to create a very chill vibe.
Trevor has created this lick to be all about the groove. This employs percussion and strumming with a straight feel. Consistency between strum and percussion is the goal here.
Let's take that consistent percussion groove, combine it with barre chords and ghost strums, and make a reggae feel!
Ghost strums, ghost notes and percussion are combined to make this lick come alive!
This lick utilizes a note played behind the nut as a unique triangle-like percussion effect.
Open strings are used in this lick to connect different parts of the fretboard. This gives the lick a smooth and congruent sound, and allows the different elements to flow seamlessly.
Now Trevor integrates some harmonics into this lick to accentuate the melodic line that is played over chords.
The hopping thumb and open strings really set this lick apart. The thumb keeps the pulse, and the open strings allow for smooth melodic transitions.
This melody incorporates harmonics as an accent, while the groove is held down by basic percussion elements.
Here is a harmonic highlighted lick that takes advantage of the sonic space to achieve it's unique sound.
This A-minor percussion jam utilizes spacious jumps up and down the fretboard, while maintaining a clearly defined melodic sense.
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Would be a nice feature to see tab notation in same screen as video.
Done the Travis thing with Don Ross, excellent hoping I,m up to this looks challenging
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