Two- and Three-Note Chords
Before you play the songs, there is one more technique that you need to know.
This one should be pretty self-explanatory, but not necessarily obvious at first.
Most songs use two- and three-finger chords at one time or another; they don't
always use the broken picking patterns we have studied. As an example,
I am going to use the opening to
Tears in Heaven, by Eric Clapton,
so check that out before we start.
- Use the shape shown in Figure 1 for the opening chords to
Tears in Heaven.
- Play the 2nd and 3rd strings with your middle and index
fingers, respectively. They are picked at the same time, so use the same picking
motions you have been using but pick them simultaneously.
This pattern is used throughout most of the song.
- When you encounter three-note chords, use your index,
middle, and ring fingers.
Once you have completed this exercise, you are officially a fingerpicker! You can
now practice and refine your skill, working with different chords and sounds to create the
musical style you want. The only way to improve your picking is to practice. Good luck,
and have fun with your newfound skill!
Move on to the songs!
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