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Boats Up the River


First Section

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Boats Up the River > First Section

This week we will slow down the fingerpicking to examine what is going on. Remember to brush the strings with your thumb while playing alternating bass. I look forward to hearing from you.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Fingerpicking
Corey Harris
John Jackson

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Boats Up the River background listening: John Jackson

loop @ 0:47 brushing the alternating bass

loop @ 1:56 breaking down the first verse

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loop @ 3:45 first verse focusing on string brushing

loop @ 4:50 closing thoughts and final run-through

 

 

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Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 19, 2013

Hi Corey .. thanks for the feedback and encouragement.  Yes, I agree that more staccato sounds better.  I'm trying to relearn it that way.  Yeah, I love that turnaround.  It's beautiful.  I will post again this week trying to bring the whole song together.

Hi Alex .. thanks!  Yes, it is amazing how much I've improved this year ... you too!!  A step forward each week and month really makes a difference.  For this tune, the slow practice to get it right .. then sleep on it ... and come back the next day and my mind has "chunked it" is really working.  

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jan 09, 2013

@Corey...here's my first attempt...still not very precise..For me it's difficoult the alternating base on the descending c shape...anyway I'm tryin to play with only 2 fingers...I've noticed you do that here...I don't feel really comfortable but I've noticed that there's some difference when I pick the strings using 3 fingers...

I'd like to learn more on playin with two fingers...Would it be possible to show us how you put the hand on the guitar?...you aren't palm muting, are you? I have to really force myself not to move from the guitar the index finger..I'm really fascinated by this right hand technique..It reminds me Ali and View Farka Toure and Skip James too

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 07, 2013

@Mike...sounds good.  I like your tone and especially how you nailed the turnaround.  I would only suggest that in the beginning part of the tune where you play the C shape and slide it up, don't play the slide but try and make it more staccato (I think that is the term).  Start the phrase on the upbeat (the 'and' of 1).  You are doing great.  Thanks for posting.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jan 06, 2013

@Mike....Have you sold your soul to the Devil in a beach down there in California?!?!?!!?ahahah..Just kiddin...It's amazing how much you improved in just one year..I'm happy for you..:))

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 05, 2013

Hi Corey .. this is a great song.  It's so beautiful and relaxing to play.  I'm looking forward to playing this one out in the backyard as the weather warms up.  Here's where I am with the song so far.  I'll be working on trying to brush the bass more this week.  Thoughts and feedback apprecaited.  Thanks!

 
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