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Thread #76616   Message #1359759
Posted By: Pete Jennings
17-Dec-04 - 11:17 AM
Thread Name: Guitar right hand technique
Subject: RE: Guitar right hand technique
Well, if they don't want to learn there's not a lot you can do, but it does seem a shame to me as well. On the other hand, there are some great guitarists who don't fingerpick at all - and Chris Newman is definitely one of them.

Beast of Farlington, try this way of learning to play clawhammer (NB this is NOT tab, rather just my way of illustrating it).

Play a D chord, using the top 4 strings (DGBE). Play the 4th and 3rd strings with your thumb, the 2nd string with your first finger and the 1st string with your second finger. The string sequence is:


|----------1-----------|
|---2-------------2----|
|-------3-------------3|
|4------------4--------|


Then just keep repeating it. It may sound weird till you get the rythm, (remember the bass should alternate evenly), but it's easy really. For other chords, change the base strings accordingly, e.g. for C use 5 and 3, for G use 6 and 4 (or 3).

Here's another way:

|1------------1-----|
|-------2-----------|
|----3-------------3|
|4---------4--------|


Good luck!