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38 Lessons (1h 19m)
    • 1. 1.01 - Introduction

    • 2. 1.02 - Hey There Delilah Part 1

    • 3. 1.02 - Hey There Delilah Part 2

    • 4. 1.03 - Course Prerequisites

    • 5. 1.04 - Ain't No Sunshine Part 1

    • 6. 1.05 - Ain't No Sunshine Part 2

    • 7. 2.01 - Finger Positioning

    • 8. 2.02 - Chord Changes

    • 9. 2.03 - Hurt - Johnny Cash

    • 10. 2.04 - Picking Patterns Part 1

    • 11. 2.05 - Picking Patterns Part 2

    • 12. 2.06 - Song Finale - Hallelujah

    • 13. 3.01 - More Chord Changes Part 1

    • 14. 3.02 - More Chord Changes Part 2

    • 15. 3.03 - Hallelujah Long Version

    • 16. 3.04 - Alternating Bass Notes

    • 17. 3.05 - Alternating Bass Chord Changes

    • 18. 3.06 - Walking Bass

    • 19. 3.07 - Song Finale - The Boxer

    • 20. 4.01 - Pinching

    • 21. 4.02 - Love Yourself

    • 22. 4.03 - Finger Patterns

    • 23. 4.04 - Song finale - Thinking Out Loud

    • 24. 5.01 - Travis Picking

    • 25. 5.02 - Pinching And Picking

    • 26. 5.03 - Free Fallin'

    • 27. 6.01 - Intro

    • 28. 6.02 - Perfect - Ed Sheeran

    • 29. 6.03 - I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

    • 30. 6.04 - Girls Like You - Maroon 5

    • 31. 6.05 - Despacito - Luis Fonsi

    • 32. 6.06 - Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran

    • 33. 6.07 - Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley

    • 34. 6.08 - Photograph - Ed Sheeran

    • 35. 6.09 - Say You Won't Let Go

    • 36. 6.09 - Happier - Ed Sheeran

    • 37. 6.11 - You Are The Reason - Calum Scott

    • 38. 6.12 - Final Conclusion

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Kurt Berg

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My name is Kurt, and I teach people to play guitar. Here's a little bit about my journey:

For some reason, by the time I was 5, I already knew I wanted to rock. It might have been that my dad played classic rock on the radio 24/7 for my entire childhood...who knows?

In any case, 5 year old me knew that guitar was my calling. The music studio near me told us that guitar is tough for really young kids though, so I waited not-so-patiently and finally had my first lesson the week I turned 10 - and I haven't looked back since.

I took lessons in theory and playing for 8 years, and ended up teaching at that same studio. I left to get my mechanical engineering degree, but I kept teaching on the side to help pay for school. I performed wherever I could, and played in several... See full profile

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1. 1.01 - Introduction: uh, welcome to ensure the finger picking. Thank you so much for joining me in this course. I hope you're as excited to learn figure Salazar in this course, I'm gonna teach you all the basics of finger picking so that you come out knowing all the techniques that you're gonna need to be able to learn any riff you want to. Once you've done this course, I'm also gonna teach you by playing a whole bunch of songs so that you come out of this course already able to play a bunch of songs that you can show off to your friends and family. It should be a lot of fun, so let's get started. 2. 1.02 - Hey There Delilah Part 1: the best way to learn guitars by playing songs, because that's probably what you're here for, anyways, so this course is gonna be completely laid out as a song based course. First, I'm going to show you the song, and then I'll explain any relevant techniques that you need to know to actually play that, and then we'll learn the song to finish off that section. Each section's gonna have a few songs. So by the end, of course, you'll have a whole bunch that you could play. Let's get started with one of the finger picking classics. Hey there, Delilah. By that plain white tees, the first thing you need to know to be able to play a song is how to read guitar music, which is also called guitar caps So you can see on the screen blow me that we've got a guitar tab, which there's six lines going horizontally across the screen, and those represent the six strings. Except they're upside down. So the low notes string is on the bottom, and the high notes string is at the top. Numbers represent which front you're playing. 1234 and so on. And then for the most part throughout this course, I'm just gonna explain to you what finger position you want to use, which fingers in which spot to make it easiest play and sound the best. So you can see the tab for Hey there, Delilah. On the screen. So a lot of finger picking is using different chords on your left hand, and then you're playing some different variation of your finger patterns with the right hand. So to start this one off and take your first finger and put it on the first fret of the second string key point for fretting notes is usually want to be as close to the front as possible and use the very tip of your finger that's gonna make it the easiest. Have a nice, ringing sound that doesn't give you any fret, Buzz. That sounds nice and clean and clear. So you got the first finger on the first fret of second string, and then, at the same time, you're gonna take 1/3 finger and put that on the third fret of the fifth string. So it's a bit of a stretch, but it's not too hard if you get used to it, You're gonna grab that. And that's gonna be the first section of this song. From there on our right hand, we're gonna start with our thumb and you're going to just play it on the fifth string. There's nothing too much this technique. You don't want to play too hard that it sounds ugly or too quiet that you can't hear it. Just a nice, easy medium pick just like that. So what we're gonna do here is keep this left hand shape as it is, that's not gonna move. And then all we're gonna do is alternate from this thumb on the fifth string to the first and the second finger on the third and the second string. And you're gonna play those at the same time to make kind of a court. All we're gonna do from there is just alternate between these two. Nice and easy, not too fast, just like this. So try that out nice and slowly on your own. Usually how we're gonna go through this course is I'm gonna show you how to do a thing, and then you can probably want to pause the video and try it out for a few minutes on your own until you kind of get behaving. A key point is you don't need to be perfect before moving on, but you want to be at least kind of comfortable with it so that you know what you're doing . Perfection is gonna come over time As you practice a lot. It's going to be awkward at the start. It's gonna feel weird. It's probably not gonna be smooth, but that's completely normal. It will just take a little bit to get the hang of it and eventually will be nice and smooth . The pause, the video. Here, try that exercise out and see if you get something that sounds all right. So I'm gonna bet that was pretty awkward. Don't worry. Your fingers will stop cramping up eventually. Just give it practice and time and eventually things will be nice and smooth and easy. 3. 1.02 - Hey There Delilah Part 2: So once you conduce that we're going to switch the second quarter shape of this rough, which is gonna be even easier than the first shape. You're going to take your second finger and put it on the second fret of the fourth string . That's all you need to do from there with a right hand. We're gonna alternate our thumb on the fourth string this time, and then again that first and second finger on the second and third string and then we're going to the exact same kind of thing. Just alternate back and forth between the two try. That's at your own speed. Don't worry about timing or smoothest or consistency right now. Just try and work on getting the notes. We're gonna have lots of practice and it'll get a lot smoother with time, I promise. So pause the video after you've heard this and try it out on Europe. Once they're kind of comfortable without, we're gonna put both of those parts together to complete the entire song. That's going to sound like this. I can't stress this enough. Start off slowly. It's gonna be awkward at the beginning. It's not going to sound that smooth. It's gonna be really weird hand motions, but I promise you'll progress a lot faster than you think you will. This is something a practice over time. And here I'll just show you the full speed version that you can work up to again. It's gonna take you a while, but this is what you want to get to eventually. 4. 1.03 - Course Prerequisites: now. One expectation of this course is that you do know at least your basic courts C g E minor d the basic ones. And you're gonna need those to actually progress through this course smoothly, that you're completely new to guitar and you don't know these chords. At least then you're gonna want to start by checking out my free beginner course. It's really quick. It will teach you the basic chords and strumming to get up to paste. Continue on with this course, but if you don't know these basic chords, then you are gonna want to start with that. You can check that out in the link below this video. Just click on that, go through that and then return to this course. Once you've been that for everyone else you could continue on with. The rest of this course is honestly, the best way to learn figure style guitar is just to play a bunch of songs at the start so you can see how much fun it actually is. I'll get more into the nitty gritty of the specific techniques later in this course, but now we'll just get started with playing a bunch of songs. One quick tip I do want to mention, though, is actually a right hand placement. So what I find easiest to Dio is put my forearm on kind of the edge of the guitar. So you kind of gently hugging the guitar. This gives you a bit more of a stable base. Two guitars, not flopping all around. It stays kind of in a stable position, which makes it a lot easier to get a nice finger placement. Keep everything nice and loose and relaxed Playing acoustic guitar. We shouldn't be tense and stiff, so just sit back, relax, enjoy it and replace him cool songs. 5. 1.04 - Ain't No Sunshine Part 1: our next song is gonna be Ain't no sunshine by Bill Withers. This one's got a similar kind of rhythm and we're gonna get a little bit more used to switching chords on the left hand while doing a finger style pattern on the right hand. So to start off here, we're gonna do a really similar thing. Toe Last song is we're gonna grab an a minor chord with the left hand and then we'll alternate between the thumb playing the bass note on the fifth string and then this time, your 1st 2nd and third fingers on the fourth, third and second string. And again, you're gonna play that as a partial court and we're gonna alternate between the two. So try that are running out. Then we can play that we're going to switch to an E minor Cortazar next courtship. Except this time, instead of playing our standard e minor fingering, we're actually going to switch to the first and second fingers on the fifth and fourth strength. Sometimes you want to switch around your fingers to make it easier to switch to the next court. So this time you're gonna play the e minor chord with those fingers. Start with your thumb on the six string for the bass note and then your 1st 2nd and third fingers at the same time again. But this time on the 5th 4th and third straight To try that out, see if you can alternate these from there, we're gonna try 1/3 chord shape for the song, which is gonna be a G court. You're gonna start on your e minor and then to switch the G. You're just gonna take that second finger and move it on the six string, and then you've got your standard G shape so you can see why we had this e minor positioning to switch the G because it makes a lot easier from there. You're just gonna take that thumb and play the bass note on the six string on. Then this time, your 1st 2nd and third fingers are going to be on the 3rd 2nd and first strings. And just like before, we're gonna alternate between the two. Try this one out 6. 1.05 - Ain't No Sunshine Part 2: then from there, all that's left to do is put it all together. - Quick tips here are that you could start on that a minor chord and then to switch to the E minor , you can leave the second finger in its place and then just switch that first finger over so you can see how that makes that chord change easier because you can keep that finger route in its place and just rotated around it. Then when he switched that g again, like I said earlier, you could just keep this first finger its place on then switch up to your G chord. That's gonna make your transition a lot smoother. So guitars a lot more tedious than it is difficult. It's just gonna take you a lot of time to get your fingers to stretch out, to get that right hand feeling a little bit less awkward and to get everything smoothing in time. The biggest thing I can give you in this course is just a bunch of cool fun exercises and songs to play. You're gonna find some that you love, and you just want to practice every day, and the key is just to focus on those ones. Practice them and I promise the skull come in time as much as the techniques are important . Honestly, the biggest thing I want you get from this course is just a love for the guitar. So on that note, keep practicing this stuff we've played and I'll see in section two. 7. 2.01 - Finger Positioning: Oh, welcome to Section two of the course guys in this section. We're going to get a bit more comfortable with basic figure picking position. We're gonna learn a few cool, new songs and try out some new techniques that will help us play those songs. So let's get into it with the first exercise. So in her finger picking most of the time, we're gonna want to put the same fingers on the same strings we call this standard figure. Picking positioning. Usually that's gonna look like is your thumb on the 4/5 and sixth string's Your first finger on the third string second finger on the second string on then third finger on the first string. So most times in most songs, you're gonna want to stick with us unless I specifically mentioned something different. Now one thing you could probably find is that the most awkward ones are your thumb on this fourth string and then your third finger on this first string for this. Just try and remember the positioning and try and force yourself to play with the right fingers in the right spot because it's really gonna help you out later and just try and remember that as you're going through this exercise on, always try and fix your mistakes if you're making all right. So in this exercise, it's gonna be really simple. Very start. We're gonna play the thumb on the six string four times than first figure on the third string Another four times Theun second finger on the second string four times on finish With that third finger on that difficult first strain four types try as a bunch of times just to kind of get used to where your finger should be gone. Now we're gonna try basically the same thing just another quick exercise to practise working on that finger picking positioning. Now we're just gonna play each of the strings from the last exercise once before switching just to work on getting a little bit faster. It was pretty simple, but a key thing to focus on is trying to make sure it's even in time. And the volume of the notes air mostly the same. It might be a little bit off. It's gonna take you a little bit to work on the volume control and getting everything smooth. But goal is always making things smooth and even and nice sound. They were playing finger style guitar 8. 2.02 - Chord Changes: All right, So for this one, we're gonna do basically the same thing is the last one. Now we're just gonna try and add in this left hand a little bit. So on the left hand, we're gonna be switching between an a minor and a C on playing almost the same thing with the right hand. The only difference is gonna be your thumb is going to be on the fifth string instead of sixth. For both of these courts, this one's going to sound like this so you can see how just by adding on those cords suddenly we've got a pretty nice sounding finger style melody already, and it's basically the exact same thing we just did. One thing to remember that's easy to forget is keep that third finger on that first string . Your fingers will have a tendency to try and play a different one on that. But try and remember to keep that right positioning. So now we're gonna try basically to save exercise, but we're gonna add on a d accord to the end and on the D, Then you're gonna play the thumb on your fourth string and then the other three fingers just a normal. You can see the 1st 2 bars of the exact same, and that's just different on that D court. A few tips if you do get buzzing on your fronts, is the first thing is. Take off your court and try repositioning the strings. You want to always be fretting on basically the tip of your finger and make sure your fingers are nice and curled so you can get some nice, easy downward motion. It often also helps to take this thumb and make sure it's right on the back of the neck. That's going to give you a little bit more forced toe push with. So you put your thumb on the back of the neck, place your fingers down, right on the fingertips and then, for the most part, you get should get some nice clean sound. One thing you also might run into issues with is if specific strings are muted and don't play out nicely on If that happens, it means that you're blocking the string with one of your fingers from the string above, so you want to reposition that one, usually curling it a little bit more this way so that it's not. It's not blocking the strait anymore. Try those things out. Take your time with this thing. It might take a little bit to get everything, Mason smoothly, but it will come with time. 9. 2.03 - Hurt - Johnny Cash: All right, So now we're gonna try out our first song, The section which is hurt by Johnny Cash. It sounds like this. This one's a pretty popular song, and I think it's pretty nice to play on finger style. And this basically just uses the chord progression. And the picking that we just did were starting on a minor chord and moving to see and then ending on deep. So there's two things we're doing differently here that we haven't done The last one. The first is we're doing two bass notes on most of the cords before switching. So what that means is on your a minor, you're starting on the thumb on the fifth string and then you're moving to thumb on the fourth string Theun to end that off your 1st 2nd and third fingers are all being played same time, basically picking accord instead of strumming it with a pick eso some some 1st 2nd and third fingers on their respective strengths. So you're gonna start on your a minor chord, and you're gonna do thumb thumb all three fingers, then you switch to see and do basically said thumb, thumb all three fingers they would change it up slightly for the D chord. And this time we're gonna do thumb on the fourth string, then your first finger on that third string and then your other two fingers on the first and second, and then you could put it all together to play the entire right. 10. 2.04 - Picking Patterns Part 1: So now to work up to this next song, we're gonna play a similar kind of things we've done before in the last exercises, but were played on a slightly harder picking pattern. With your right hand. This one's gonna sound like this. CNC is pretty much the same thing. We're switching between a minor and a D shape on our left hand and then the difference with this hand as we're still gonna be using a single bass note on each of the cords. So the fifth string on the A minor and fourth string on the D But then we're gonna second finger, third finger, second finger as our finger pattern. Both courts try that one on your own now. 11. 2.05 - Picking Patterns Part 2: when he could play that smoothly. We're gonna try just another variation on a slightly different picking pattern this time between a minor and a C chord. So there's no surprises here. We're switching from a minor to see, and this one we've got an upward picking pattern from third finger. 12. 2.06 - Song Finale - Hallelujah: thing to finish off. Final challenge of the section We're gonna try. How, Leah? So you can see how that one's really similar to the last patterns we've done, and it's just a slight variation, which is a lot of what finger style is. You've got a chord progression on your left hand, and then you're just changing up your finger picking patterns on the right hand to make something that sounds smooth and beautiful. We're switching between the sea and in a minor. Here on the picking pattern is going to be the same for both chords. Some thumb, one to one thumb and then switch to the next court. Put together nice and slowly. That sounds like this. So there's nothing really new were doing here. We're just switching up the finger, picking a little bit. Try this one on your own trip, see if you can practice it and get down smoothly, and I'll see in the next section of this course 13. 3.01 - More Chord Changes Part 1: Welcome to Section three guys in this section. We're going to start by taking what we learned from hallelujah in section two and then fill it out a little bit more at on some new cords to make this more like the full. So we're also gonna add in some new techniques walking bass and alternating base changes. Teoh. Add a little spice to your finger style riffs and show how you can play the same song and a bunch of different ways to make it sound more interesting. Depending on what kind of mood you're in this exercise, we're going to switch between F major seven, which might be a new court for you on many G. We're gonna use the exact same finger pattern as we did in the end of section two were Just apply it to these new courts. It's gonna sound like this you can do to make it a little easier on yourself. Isn't still playing a full G chord. You can take about this first finger because we don't actually play that string so you don't need it so you can just have these two fingers and then try that courts, which so try it on your own and then move on when you're ready to try out the next exercise 14. 3.02 - More Chord Changes Part 2: the ones you're comfortable with that exercise, we're gonna do basically the same thing. Just add in a C chord at the end of that. So you start with an F major seven to a G to see it's going to sound like this. Allow a few quick tips to make this a little bit easier. Usually you want to stay in your standard finger picking position, but sometimes it makes it easier if you switch your fingers around a little bit. So on the C chord specifically for this one, it's actually easier if you play the fifth string with your thumb. The fourth string with your first finger, the third string with your second finger and then the second string with your third finger like this. Keep that same kind of motion as opposed to switching and using the film for the fourth and the fifth string's a second. Then that's gonna make it easier, is that you don't actually have to play your entire chord change before you start picking. So what I mean by that is, if you're switching from the G to see, you only need to have your fingers on the left hand down before you actually pick them so you can play the G like this on. Then switch to the sea, place each of your fingers down as you pick them with the right hand to kind of synchronize that motion and make it so that your chord changes don't need to be as quick before switching to keep those two things in mind as you're trying to exercise out and then see if you can get that playing smoothly before moving on to the next one. 15. 3.03 - Hallelujah Long Version: So now it's time to put it all together and go through that Full how well you play there. I'm gonna worry. Advance. This one is a little bit tricky, but it's great practice to work on your chord changes and getting that consistent finger picking rhythm. So this is a good one to practice that on your own and get better at it over time. Now, if you do find this a little bit too challenging for you right now, you can feel free to skip this song and then move into the next one in the next video. We're going to use the same kind of techniques, but it's gonna be a bit of unease e er soft. So try this out, Seaview and play it. I was gonna be really cool, one that people love to hear your plan. It's something you can show off to your friends and family. 16. 3.04 - Alternating Bass Notes: All right. Now we're gonna try a technique called alternating bass notes. And basically what that is is taking a chord shape and then making a baseline kind of rhythm that weaken later at a melody on top of. So this exercise is going to sound like this. You can hear how that gives you a kind of nice balance, the rhythm and it makes your baseline a little bit more interesting. And then you can add a melody and later to make it basically like you're playing to different instruments at once with your baseline on your thumb and your melody on your fingers. So this was pretty cool. The plate. Try that out and see if you get it going down. Now we're gonna try adding some melody with our 1st 3 fingers to our alternating bass notes . This one is going to sound like this Are you doing? Is adding those 1st 3 fingers to our fifth and six string on our base note? Try that one out, and then once you've done that, we're gonna do the same kind of thing. But on a C court instead of the G chord 17. 3.05 - Alternating Bass Chord Changes: So, what you gonna do that? We're gonna try putting both of those lost to exercise together and switch from a G two a c on those alternative basements. That's in a sound like this. Take your time. Try that one out and see if you can put those together and get that court change smooth. 18. 3.06 - Walking Bass : not gonna shine new technique called a walking bass, and that's basically doing a run on a single string. So a bunch of notes in a row to give kind of a movement feel that sounds kind of like this . So just a bunch of notes in a row there. You try this on another variation of hallelujah so you can see how you can change up the same song and play it slightly differently, but still have it be the same song and still have it sound pretty nice. It's gonna sound like this on this one are basically just doing it. Run up playing some melody notes. Theun doing a run down play a few more melody notes. One thing you can notice here is that you can play. You can keep your third and fourth fingers on their spot on the third fret and just change your first and second fingers. Try that a few times, and then we could play that we're gonna do the same thing. But then add on a switch between sea and a minor so you can see how walking based could be applied to different strings. This one's gonna sound like this the only difference there as you can see your adding on that see in the A minor and it's the same basic rhythm just applied to different strings. 19. 3.07 - Song Finale - The Boxer: I finished all of the sexually, but everything we've learned together into a song by Simon and Garfunkel called The Boxer. This one's going to use alternating bass notes and walking base, and I think it's pretty fun to play Teoh for this one. We're basically going to grab a C chord and then keep your first and second figures in your place. And the only thing that's going to shift is that third finger switching between the fifth and the sixth string's the O. Besides that, the only other thing you want to be aware of is for the walking bass at the end. It helps if you keep your first finger in its place as you do the run, because then it's gonna make it easier to start the riff all over again. Then, when you're playing the walking bass, Ron, you want to keep your first finger in its place because that's gonna make it a lot easier to transition back into starting the ref again. So and then the riff starts again, and you're already in your chord shape, which just makes it easier to keep playing and keep. Don't try that out. Practice that for a while, see if you can get it down and that's it for this section. I'll see it in the next section of this course. 20. 4.01 - Pinching: welcome to section four of the course in this section. We're gonna expand on the skills you've already learned, but making longer finger picking patterns and using some more advanced timing that you haven't seen so far to make your finger picking progression sound nicer and sound a lot more interesting. We're also gonna add a few new techniques that we haven't done before and, of course, learned it all through songs. So you coming out of this section with more songs you can show off to the first technique we're gonna learn here is pinching and pinching is basically or use your thumb and one of your fingers at the same time to kind of half play a chord. This is useful to kind of make a semi cord, and then you can add on other notes afterwards, kind of fill in a pattern. So we're gonna try that here on a simple exercise. Switching from C to G. O. Theo we're doing here is taking our C chord and first trying a bunch of pinches for the slow part. Then it gets faster. You're letting one pin ring and then you're playing a few notes to add on a melody, and then you're switching to the G chord to do the same kind of thing. Try something out a few times and see if you can kind of get the hang of it. Work up your speed once you get it, slowly but always start slow and then work up once you're comfortable at slow speed. 21. 4.02 - Love Yourself: - is love yourself and it's actually really fun Song to play. I'll start by breaking down the left hand so you're gonna have basically two chord shapes for this entire section you've got always gonna be eight The first finger on the fifth string and the third finger on the second string on We're going to shift either one Fred. A part or two frets apart. You can see on the tab where you're supposed to go, so just try and fall along with that. And basically, you're just gonna sly your fingers up or down the front board, depending on which shape your play at the same time. But it's all going to stay in basically the same chord shape so you can see how the slides really easy on a different shape supply on. There's basically two different downward runs, starting from the seventh and ninth. Fret on, then, starting from the ninth and 10th in the right hands. Really straightforward all you're doing as your thumb on the fifth string and your second finger on the second string. For every court, it's really easy. The right hand almost doesn't even it was quite. Try this out on your own and see if you can master this riff. It's pretty fun to play, and I'm sure everyone you know will know this song. 22. 4.03 - Finger Patterns: try these ones out. The goal is to get upto what I'm playing in my speed. But you're gonna want to start slow. These ones are a bit faster than previous exercise of we had, so it's probably gonna take you a little bit to work your way up. Don't worry. Guitar comes with practice. The more you play, the better you're gonna get. One other thing is you don't have to play all of them. If there's a few exercise you like a lot better than others. Play those practice those ones say anything. If you've got a few songs that you like more than others, focus on those ones because if you're playing the things you like that you're gonna wanna play guitar a lot better. And the best way to get better at guitar is just to play a lot to play what you like and you're gonna have a lot more fun with just one quick note on this one. It does follow different chord shapes, but you don't always have to place all your fingers for all the courts. For example, in the middle one here on the e minor, you don't actually have to put on any of your fingers because you don't play those strings 23. 4.04 - Song finale - Thinking Out Loud: And now let's finish off this section with one of my favorite songs. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. This one is not too complicated, but there are a few important points. The first is that we're basically just switching between different courts. Now these air a little bit unusual cords you might have seen before. So you're chord changes might not be super quick, but you'll get it with time. The two things I want to mention our that we're not always using our standard finger picking position in this one, and it does make it a little bit easier to go out of our standard positioning for some of these courts. We're still basically using our thumb for the bass note and then our other three fingers for the other three notes. But they're not always on the same strength. The second important tip is that for those exes on the tab there, those are a string head just like that. It's not too crucial the technique. Basically, you're just taking your fingertips and smacking them on the guitar strings to produce a nice click kind of sound. We're using that to stop each of the cords to give him more rhythmic feel to this rhythm as we're going through to try this one out. This one's a lot of fun to play one to get the hang of it. But again, like everything, it's probably gonna take your wallet practice, try it out, and when you're ready, you'll see in section five for the last section, this course. 24. 5.01 - Travis Picking: welcome to Section five. This section is going to be pretty quick because I'm just going over to more techniques that you need to know to be able to play most things on finger stock attack. After we've been through those, we're just gonna get into a bunch of songs, so that should be pretty fun. Toe and off. The course with to the first technique is Travis Payne is actually a country figure picking technique that was invented by Merle Travis. And it's what gives country songs there country feel that you'll see in a minute. Basically, Travis picking is taking a nice even rhythm with your thumb alternating on the different bass notes, and then you add a melody on the off beats with your other fingers. So try out a simple exercise on a G court. To start that off, this one's gonna sound like this. So this one are basically alternated between a bunch of bass notes to give this kind of pattern are low strings to get that nice, bouncy country feel, and then we're using a bunch of different upper strings to give a kind of a little bit of melody on you. Put those two together and you get a nice country feel Suppose the video here and try that one out on your own. So then, once you could play that one, we're gonna use the same kind of feel, but on an e minor chord this time we're still gonna alternate on a bass strings and do the same kind of melody. But it's just gonna be a little bit of a different pattern. It's not too hard, pretty similar. So you could try that one out. And then once you can do that, we're basically just gonna take those to put them together. Add a chord change between your G and your e minor on your left head and a similar kind of bouncy rhythm on the right way. 25. 5.02 - Pinching And Picking: we've already seen pinching, which is just taking your thumb and one of your other fingers and kind of clawing them together to play two strings in a partial court. So now, in this one, the only thing we're going to do differently is take those partial chords and also add in some melody notes on the top strings. So you get a pitching held chord kind of vibe mixed in with a few notes. So let's try it. The first exercise that shouldn't sound like this. You can hear how you get that held chord rhythm with the bass note that just stays held the entire time, and then you get the kind of melody on the upper strings to fill that out. So this is a really common pattern that you've seen a bunch of times in this course already . But this is the first time we've kind of specifically looked at it. The biggest thing to pay attention to here is that your base notes stays held throughout the whole time, so you get a nice ringing bass notes and melody at the same time, which kind of simulates playing chords on a rhythm guitar with a melody on a single guitar , and that's the beauty of finger stalls that you could make it sound like you're playing multiple guitars with one. So when you can play that exercise, we're going to switch to an a minor chord and try a similar kind of thing, just with a little bit of a different rhythm. You can play that one, just like with Travis picking. We're going to do a similar counter rhythm, but we're gonna add in a chord, change with the left hand to kind of fill it out to be more of a song, practice it a few times, and then once you're smooth, that move on to our song finale for this section, which is free falling by John Mayer. 26. 5.03 - Free Fallin': all right, so this is our song finale of the section Free fallen by John Mayer. But it's actually John Mayer's cover of the original freefalling by Tom Petty. But John Mayer does a really nice acoustic finger style version of this that I really wanted to show you is actually one of my favorite finger style songs to play. So this one doesn't use any new techniques from everything we've done in the past. You know everything you need to play this one or basically alternated between a bunch of different chords de slash f sharp G and A in different patterns and then alternating that with arpeggio did courts, which you've played a bunch of arpeggio records before. But an arpeggio hated cord is just playing the individual strings of the cord one at a time instead of all at once. - So you gotta start on the d slash f sharp for this one, and then you're going to switch the G. But you don't need to have to worry about this first finger there. You can just use the second finger and this third finger because we don't actually play the fifth string, so there's no point really putting that on. And this is the toughest chord change in this song. It might take you a little bit to get used to that switch between the d slash F sharp in the G. But just pay attention to the second finger and practice a little bit and you'll get it down eventually. So you start with a d slash f sharp and arpeggio that a man switch to the GTO. Then you've got another appreciation right there. Ah, a few chords of G back to the d slash sharp on, then switch into an A to finish it off with one final Arpege it'd run, and then that's the end of the ref. One other tough point of this song is that Pinky at the end, you're gonna play the arpeggio today. Um, then just add on that pinky will holding this chord shape before you switch back to that d slash f sharp to repeat the ref. So that's all I'm gonna say for this one. Practice it slowly. Try it out a bunch of times on your own. This is the end of this section. I think you'll have a lot of fun with this riff. It might take you a little bit to get down, because this is probably the toughest song we've done so far on this course. Try it out and then I'll see in section six for the final section of this course. 27. 6.01 - Intro: way. Welcome to the final section of this course. Honestly, you should be pretty proud of yourself for making it this far on the course because you'd be surprised how many people never actually make it past those initial hardest steps of being able to play something. By now, you've got a bunch of songs under your belt, and hopefully you should be pretty inspired to continue playing the guitar after this. If you take absolutely nothing else away from this course, I really hope you've been fueled with a lifelong love of guitar. It really is an amazing instrument, and I know all at least play it for the rest of my life. It's just a great thing to have in your life now, On that note, this section is going to be a little bit different than the previous sections of this course. I wanted to leave you at the end of this with a whole bunch of songs that you can play. So you've got a bunch of things that you love to practice and show off two people in this section. Each lesson is its own new song, so that you leave this course with a whole bunch of different songs play, and each video is gonna have full speed play thers, then a bunch of slow speed play throughs and then just a few little tips or tricks that's gonna help make your playing sound a little bit nicer or something's Give it that's gonna make it easier to learn on your pretty used to the format of learning new songs now, so these ones should be fairly quick to get the hang of. I just wanted to leave you with a full catalog of things that you could play now. Why didn't one extra thing is that as a student of this course, you also get free access to all the songs from this section in the five Minute Shuffle, which is our daily guitar practice guide and basically the goal of the five minute shuffles to show you cool songs and random orders and inspire you if new things that you might enjoy . So I'll leave a link to that in the description below this video and the full version of The Shuffle, which has more than 80 songs, is available to our patri on subscribers and are Patriots. Subscription is our monthly guitar service designed to give you everything you could ever need to learn guitar. Every month there's multiple new things posted, which are new songs, new lessons, cool bonus things that fall along with our YouTube videos on. Basically, the goal is to never run out of things to play. Now, with that note being said, let's get started on the songs in this section. 28. 6.02 - Perfect - Ed Sheeran: Theo. The key thing that's gonna make this sound the smoothest is using the same finger shape for each of the cords in this rift as you slide down. And this really helps to minimize your finger movement, which is going to give you the smoothest note transitions so you could see I'm using the first and third fingers there. And then is you slide to the next court, your finger shaped stays basically the same, and I'm just moving the second figure out so you can see better. So you start here, continue on with that same chord shape and then end with what would be the same chord shape . But you have no fret on that fifth string or on the fourth string there to the other key thing that's gonna help you out on this one is that second bar off. The riff is going to be just a standard see court. I'm looking for common chord shapes is a good thing to do in tabs because it's gonna help you find out what positions your finger should be in a lot quicker and more often than not , riffs air, usually based around your standard chord shapes the Giardino. They're not always written in the cords. But if you can see a shape that you recognize, then that's really gonna help you play a lot of riffs a lot faster. 29. 6.03 - I'm Yours - Jason Mraz: - I think it was a little bit trickier because it is using, um, or intermediate level technique. But I wanted to include it because it's pretty fun and to show you what the next level of techniques and learning could be. So this song uses a slide, and this slide is basically where you start on one front and you play it on, and then you keep the pressure on the string and just slide over to whatever the second furnace. Ah, about keeping that pressure on you. Keep the note. So that's all we're doing for this one is over on these frets with our second and third finger for each chord in this rift is your just playing them and then just sliding down on your just doing that throughout the entire ref on this one, I'd really recommend using your second and third finger for every single chord shape because it just again and minimize that finger movement, which is gonna make your ref sound as smooth as possible. This one is a bit tougher, so it probably will take you more practice to get smooth. So don't worry if this would take see, a few weeks to get down, just practice it. It is a different technique that we haven't covered, but it is fund play and it sounds pretty nice. 30. 6.04 - Girls Like You - Maroon 5: I think this one's a little bit of a stretch because I find the smoothest way to play. This is with your second finger on the third fret of the fifth string and then your pinky on the fifth threat of the fourth string. And then when you're alternating between these notes, you've got that alternation between the pinky and the open third string. And and, yes, they are the same note photo fact about guitars. You could play the same note in different places on different strings. Yeah, and so the alternate version of this song is just playing all the notes on one. The strings to say that open and third string. But I usually find if you've got the same note repeated. It's a lot smoother sounding to play it, alternating on different strings because you get that nice, smooth bring out versus the kind of choppy alternative 31. 6.05 - Despacito - Luis Fonsi: now the first chord shape here is going to be the hardest one. I like to play it with all four of my fingers on their respective strengths. Do you have that first chord? And then the second bar switches to a d And then that third bar is going to be technically an accord. But we don't actually use this fourth string, so I like to play it with my first and second finger, and that's gonna make it smooth. And then in that fourth bar, we're going to switch to this court over here, which is smoothest if you play it with a bar on the fourth fret and then that second finger on the second string. But if you find that tricky, then feel free to just use this shape right here with your first and third fingers on the fourth fret. But if you can borrow, it does make it a smoother transition from that modified a core because you just slide from here and your chord shape stays pretty much the same as you shift and again that's minimizing that finger movement is gonna make it easier to switch from one court to the next 32. 6.06 - Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran: here. We're using a bunch of different chord shapes. And the best way to play this one, if you can, is to let your notes bring out as much as possible and Onley shift one or two fingers at a time. So we're starting here on a B minor chord like this. But with that second finger, the third fret taken off so you could play that and on you can see here all we need to do in this cord is hold it and then alternate with that second finger on or off my other three fingers. Stay in the exact same spot, then similar kind of thing when you switch to the next chord. This is your chord shape with the 2nd 1st finger on the second front of four string and the third finger on the third fret of the second string. And then again, all you're doing is alternating that third finger on or off and on again. Key here is that letting our notes ring out as much as possible is gonna give you usually the smoothest sound on acoustic guitar. Then again, we're going to move to the next chord shape, which is gonna be that second finger on the third for the six string and keeping this third finger right where it is on, you can leave almost everything in place, just alternating this third finger on and off. Then we're gonna end on an accord and do the same thing once again with that third finger. To this time, it's just on the second. Fret. You keep using these chord shapes and where possible, let the notes ring and just alternate one figure at a time. That's going to give you the smoothest sound for this soft. 33. 6.07 - Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley: - I think this one is probably the longest song we've done so far in this course on. I wanted to include this view that is going to show you how it gets trickier to memorize the stuff when it gets a lot longer. The actual playing of this one is not too difficult, and it just kind of follows our basic chord shapes that you already know. But the trickiest part of this one is gonna be actually memorizing one. You switch from one to the next. As far as playing, it actually goes. Basically, you're doing a base run on each chord, starting from the lowest string in that court. So our first bar is on a C chord and you can see you've got the base run and then we've got a run down with the highest strengths. And then next bar were switch into an e minor. I'm doing the same kind of thing. But the only difference is that an e minor, the sixth string is your lowest of the court. So there's that base run, and then again, the high notes, then we're moving to a minor and doing a similar thing on then that symbol. There is a repeat, which just means you repeat the previous bar. And so, as you continue through this one, you've got a different chord shape for each bar and follow the same basic pattern. The biggest thing again is just gonna be remembering where the repeats are. 34. 6.08 - Photograph - Ed Sheeran: - I thought this was gonna be a bit of a stretch, and it is a little bit awkward to play, but I wanted to show you this one that sometimes you just can't have that nice of figuring . And it is going to be a little bit tough, a little trickier. But if you want the sound, then you're gonna have to kind of work through it a little bit. So in this one, it sounds the best. If you have your second finger on that second fret of the fourth string and and then your pinkie, actually on the fourth fret of the second string. Now that's a pretty big stretch, and your pinky might be too weak to do that so you can shift your fingers if you need to, to either there or there. But you're probably going to get the smoothest sound if you can do that stretch, and it might be something worth working on. Um, don't force it too hard. If it is difficult, use easier fingering. The key to this one is gonna be. It's a little bit tricky to play smoothly, so you're going to really want to work on getting those note transitions as smooth as possible. You can't always do it, but the goal here again is to let the notes ring as much as possible where you can, and that's usually in most instances going to give you the smooth sound on your guitar. 35. 6.09 - Say You Won't Let Go: - This one is a pretty easy one, but it's really fun to play and sounds really nice again, like most of them are goals to hold these chord shapes where possible. So you get a nice, smooth, ringing out rhythm. This one shouldn't be too tricky. Try it out. It's a lot of fun. We're switching here between. So our first chord is like this. You can see how we can leave this second finger in place and just switch that third finger and the second bar. We switch chords again to this shape right here and then, once again, we can leave everything a place except that third fair and once again to the exact same kind of deal with the next bar. That was the easiest to let everything ring out because you don't actually hold any fronts . And finally, to finish it off with that last bar again, all you have to do is alternate one finger, and you can leave the rest of the court intact and let it ring out to give that smooth, beautiful, figure style sound 36. 6.09 - Happier - Ed Sheeran: good position for this one is gonna be using the second finger on the second fret of the fourth string and then also using that same second finger when you switch up to the third strike with this chord shape right here. And you've got that second finger on the third string. Then in that second bar, you're going to switch to a C chord on hold that for the entire second bar. 37. 6.11 - You Are The Reason - Calum Scott: - thats one. Everything is pretty straightforward. The one key here is in that third bar. When you switch to the fourth and fifth fret, I like to go out of our standard finger picking right hand position of where we go, thumb on the 6th 5th and fourth strings and then your other fingers on the other three. In this one. I like to switch Teoh Thumb on the fifth string and then use that first finger actually on the fourth string, and then use the second finger on the third string. That makes that run a little bit easier to play than if you try and stay in your standard positioning. Besides that, use your right hand just as you normally would with your thumb on 6th 5th and fourth strings and then your other three fingers on the remaining three strips. 38. 6.12 - Final Conclusion: And with that, you've reached the end of this course. I sincerely hope you've enjoyed going through this and are proud of your finger style playing and will continue to play after this. You should feel really proud of what you've accomplished because it does take a lot of work . I know I've seen it countless times, toe actually make it through learning those initial stages of the guitar because they are the hardest. And I promise you, it does only get more fun from here to spend some time. Practice the songs that you've learned through this course. Find new things that you like. Try just playing around with it a bit and having some fun. You're gonna always learn the best when you're playing the things you enjoy the most. If you are looking for where to go next after this course, I do recommend subscribing to our patriarch, and that's where we post multiple new videos and content a month. We've got more lessons than you could possibly ever go through, and everything's ranked by skill level, so you'll constantly have things that are at your skill level so you can continue to progress and continually get better at guitar if you do prefer a more course based approach like this one. We also have an intermediate finger style course, and the production value is a little bit less because it is an older course, and so it doesn't look quite as fancy. But I promised the content is all the same styles, this course, and it's all very solid content. And the course is actually designed to pick up exactly where this course ends, teach you a bunch of intermediate level techniques, a bunch of harder songs. Again, it's a song based course they're gonna come out with even Mawr cooler. More impressive songs also linked to that In the description below this video, you can check out both of those ones, and you should be able to find something that really works for you. Once again, Thank you for going with me on this journey. I really, really hope you've enjoyed this course and will continue to play guitar. If you've ever got any questions, feel free to contact me at Kurt at five minute guitar dot com. That's my personal inbox, and I always love hearing from students. If you want to send me a video of yourself playing hours love when students send me that because one thing about hosting these online courses is I rarely get to actually see the students who go through this. 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