See also the Difficult Version of Oh When The Saints
One of my favorite ways of playing acoustic guitar is country-blues fingerpickin’. Also known as Cotten pickin’ (after Elizabeth Cotten) or Travis pickin’ (after Merle Travis). The style consists of a steady bass line played with the thumb, accompanied by a syncopated melody line played with the fingers. The combination of the driving bass and the melody that seems to float in space over it creates a sense of movement and lets a solo guitar sound like more than a solo guitar.
The best way to learn a technique is to learn songs in that technique, so that’s what this lesson is for. A good song to start with is Oh When the Saints
, because it has a simple melody that we all recognize, but still has a lot of room for elaboration. That way, we can start simple and add embellishments as we go along.Read the full lesson at guitarator.com