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Fingerpicking Basics, Part 4: Syncopation

This lesson is part of the course Fingerstyle Blues Guitar with Orville Johnson.
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Learn to play fingerstyle blues, with a bottleneck slide and without, through songs from blues legends Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Tampa Red, Blind Willie Johnson, and more.
 
 
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“Heavy Time” Fingerpicking
 
“Heavy time” is a style of blues fingerpicking that is more driving and forceful than the somewhat bouncy feel of alternating bass fingerpicking, as played by Mississippi John Hurt, Willie McTell, and others. In this lesson, Orville shows you a tune that illustrates the “heavy time” feel. Heavy time is all about what your thumb is doing—in this case, the thumb constantly pounds the beat, four beats per measure. Another thing that makes this style different is that the melody notes are played just with the index finger. Orville walks you through the piece phrase by phrase.
 
 
 
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Fingerpicking Basics, Part 4: Syncopation   
 
Fingerpicking Basics, Part 4: Syncopation   
 
Fingerpicking Basics, Part 4: Syncopation
Fingerpicking Basics, Part 4: Syncopation
 
In fingerpicking, when you have a regular bass, the melody notes either happen at the same time as the bass notes or occur in between bass notes. Try a couple of simple exercises that show how to add syncopation to your melodies and give them a more natural feel.

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The song “You’ll Work Down to Me Someday” was recorded by Memphis bluesman John Henry Barbee in the late 1920s. Peghead Nation instructor Orville Johnson teaches you how to play the fingerstyle guitar part (including two different solos) in his Blues Guitar course, but in this video Orville just lets loose and sings the song in his own inimitable style. To learn more blues guitar techniques, including fingerstyle, lead guitar, and slide soloing, enroll in Orville’s Blues Guitar course on Peghead Nation today.
 
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