For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
Hey there, Just a quick question about fingering.
In book 1 on example 8, (pg. 19) going from C to D, we hit a C#. This is a little outside the comfort zone of the first three frets.
Should I be shifting my ring finger over to hit that (I see this with f# in a G major scale open position too) or using my pinky, or work on both?
Personally, I'll play both the C and the C# notes in that run with my ring finger. I'll usually also play the F# note, when playing in the key of G, with my ring finger as well. Using either the ring or the pinky will work. We usually leave that up to the individual, suggesting that each person do what feels most natural and comfortable.
I hope that helps!
It sure does, thanks!
There are a lot of simple charts online that show you chords and what they will be when the capo is on the different frets. The main thing to understand is that when you put a capo on a fret, it raises the guitar a half step. So, if you put a capo on the first fret and play a G chord shape, you are actually playing a G#. If you put a capo on the second fret and play a G chord shape, you are actually playing an A. If you then played a C chord shape, you are actually playing a D (two half steps up from a C) and so on.
I understand the feeling of always learning but not quite able to do it. It'll come with time and practice!
You get it! The more you use the capo to transpose songs the more it will become second nature. Thanks for the correspondence.
One thing I think I picked up in your post is that you have been only playing a year? If that is true and you also mentioned fingerpicking, dude, slow down, Flatpicking, fingerpicking, struming, playing lead, way overload. I have been playing since I was 13, and I am over 50, almost way over....50 and I am still learning. My humble advice is learn the alphabet of major chords in open position and be able to change them quickly. A,B,C,D,E,F,G, then work on the 7th chords.....A7 B7(a tough one at first) C7(easy one) D7 etc.
You asked about playing chords up the neck...welcome to bar chords...one form is anchored on the base E string and the other is anchored on the 5th A string. Meaning the name of the chord is based on the note of those strings because you use your index finger to cover all the strings, than form an E chord with the fingers that are left. The second form is again index finger bars all strings and you form an A by either (most popular) baring your second finger across the 3 strings B,G,D or use the remaining fingers to do same. HOWEVER, before you get involved with bar chords, learn all the open chords FIRST....and in a (ready for this) couple of years of dedicated practice you can advance to bar chords. Keep Picking my friends