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Fingerpicking Guitar for the Young Beginner

By William Bay

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Guitar (fingerpicking) - Beginning
Composed by William Bay. Saddle-stitched, Methods. Young Beginner. Children. Book/CD Set. 40 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20626BCD).

Item Number: MB.20626BCD

ISBN 9780786672042. Children. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This beginner's approach to playing fingerstyle guitar uses well-known folk songs to develop left and right-hand techniques. The tunes are first introduced with simplified chords and accompaniment provided by an easy downward strum of the thumb. Next, the thumb and three fingers pluck simultaneously to produce block chords, and finally render more complex arpeggiated patterns. While barre chords are judiciously avoided throughout, the alternating bass concept is presented with 'full-strength' chords using all six strings where applicable. While the melodies are shown in standard notation, the lyrics and companion CD serve as rhythmic guides to the student; neither note nor tablature reading ability is required to complete this enjoyable course.

  • Tune =Up 
  • Brother John 
  • Brother John-Plucking Style 
  • Farmer in the Dell-Thumb Strum 
  • Farmer in the Dell-Plucking Version 
  • Brother John-Arpeggio Style 
  • Farmer in the Dell-Arpeggio Style 
  • Father Abraham-Thumb Strum 
  • Father Abraham-Plucking Version 
  • Father Abraham-Arpeggio Style 
  • Father Abraham-Double Arpeggio Pattern 
  • Lonesome Valley-Strum Style 
  • Lonesome Valley-Arpeggio Style 
  • Lonesome Valley-Double Arpeggio Pattern 
  • Lonesome Valley-Alternate Bass 
  • Tom Dooley-Double Arpeggio Pattern 
  • Tom Dooley-Alternate Bass Pattern 
  • Old Chisholm Trail-Double Arpeggio Pattern 
  • Old Chisholm Trail-Alernate Bass Pattern 
  • Skip to my Lou-Alternate Bass 
  • Long Long Ago-Alternate Bass 
  • Down in the Valley-3/4 Strum 
  • Down in the Valley-3/4 Arpeggio Pattern 
  • Oh, My Darling Clementine-3/4 Arpeggio Pattern 
  • Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep-Strum Style 
  • Blow Ye Winds, Westerly-3/4 Strum 
  • Our Team Will Shine Tonight 
  • Jack Of Diamonds 
  • She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain-Alternate Bass Pattern 
  • Hey Lolly-Double Arpeggio 
  • Pay Me My Money Down-Double Arpeggio 
  • On Top of Old Smokey-3/4 Arpeggio 
  • Auld Lang Syne-Alternate Bass 
  • Streets Of Laredo 
  • Beautiful Brown Eyes-Bass-Pluck-Pluck Pattern 
  • Hey, Ho, Nobody Home-Arpeggio Pattern 
  • Shady Grove-Alternate Bass 
  • Oh, Sinner Man-Alternate Bass 

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