How to Fingerpick in 3/4 Time (feat. Amazing Grace & John Prine)
Lesson #474 • Feb 24, 2023
In today’s lesson I’ll answer an audience question about fingerpicking (using Travis style) in 3/4 time. Steve wrote in asking about Paradise by John Prine, and how to go about playing it fingerstyle, given its waltz rhythm. In my video lesson, I give my answer – and also show how you can use these same techniques to play Amazing Grace using fingerstyle - the tabs for which are included in my 6-page practice sheet (PDF) for this lesson.
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Extended Video Lessons
How to Fingerpick “Amazing Grace”
In this second part of the main tutorial, I’ll show how these concepts can be used to learn Amazing Grace (Key of C). I’ll show you a simple way to play it (0:26) and then show an arrangement where the vocal melody is played with the thinnest few strings on the guitar (2:54).
Slow Playthrough - Key of D Riffs
Slow Playthrough - Amazing Grace (Simple)
Slow Playthrough - Amazing Grace (Complex)
F Major Chord with Wrapped Left Thumb (for Fingerstyle & Travis Picking)
Travis Picking vs. "Normal" Fingerstyle
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