C Breeze - A Finger Picking Guitar Lesson|
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
This is something I had been playing around with for a while now, with all you finger-pickers in mind, of course. I call it C Breeze because it's in the key of C and it's a breeze to play. It's also pleasant, as a sea breeze. I played this on my Palm acoustic.
The picking sounds like a consistent pattern, but it's not really, it keeps adapting to the melody line, which hinted at more than anything else ...
The chords are all from the key of C except for the D7 that comes up a couple of times. The F/G is a 'slash chord'. It can also be called a G11, but it's so much easier to see it as an F chord played over a G bass note.
I use my left-hand thumb to play the root in the F chords rather than use the barre chord. An open G string comes into play during that chord and it's much better to deal with it without the barre finger there, but beware, it can lead to a very painful knuckle. I know, it happened to me a few years back after a few particularly long recording sessions ... like 10 or 12 hours per day for a few days in a row. I literally had to rethink my whole way of playing guitar, a thumb-less way. These days I'm able to use it from time to time, but it hurts.
I didn't find any part of this particularly tricky. I realize that you've never heard it before, so you need to hear it a few times to learn it as a tune (I think you'll find that it has a familiar ring to it), but once you do, it's fairly straight forward to play.
The first section (verse?) is pretty much two repeated halves; the next section (chorus?) also comes in two halves, but the second goes to a Dm before hitting the D7. Both the Dm and D7 are played over their 3s, F and F# respectively. The 3s are, of course, the major/minor notes of any chord.
You'll hear me start up a new verse section before the fade out. You can just keep looping the two sections forever. I think you'll find, like I did, that it's sort of addictive, that you will want to keep looping it over and over. The aim, as always, is to make it all flow smoothly.