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  • Woodstock, AL
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Fret hand fingers
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James Harris May 29, 2009.


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James Harris replied to Marty Henrickson's discussion Fret hand fingers
"Bass Fitness is a chromatic excercise book that has 200 (if memory serves) drills. I like to work these drills for fingerpicking on the first 4 strings, a-la-bass. I alternate between thumb drills and two or three-finger plucking on the right. As…"
May 29, 2009
Marty Henrickson replied to Scott Nygaard's discussion What kind of flatpick do you use? in the group Flatpickers
"I started doing this recently, as well. I need to hone my point down just a little bit more to get my "perfect" tone. I tried to stop at a music store earlier today and "pick" up some more to file on, but they weren't open…"
Mar 5, 2009
Jeff Williams replied to Marty Henrickson's discussion Fret hand fingers
"I second the the chromatic technique recommended "Antonio Eduardo Fonseca Rosa said: I used to do an exercise that helped me to do that. Basically you do chromatic scales." etc etc This will also teach you not to "over…"
Feb 25, 2009
Cynthia Van Den Berge replied to Marty Henrickson's discussion Fret hand fingers
"I have the same problem. I have had several (count em: 5) surgeries on my hands for trigger finger and now when I play scales I look like I am giving everyone the "finger"....very humiliating. I have also been doing the chromatic fingering…"
Feb 25, 2009
Cynthia Van Den Berge replied to Marty Henrickson's discussion Fret hand fingers
"Antonio Eduardo Fonseca Rosa said:I used to do an exercise that helped me to do that.Basically you do chromatic scales.Start for example at the 5th fret, 6th string, with your index and play the note. Then your middle finger at the 6th fret and play…"
Feb 25, 2009
Marty Henrickson replied to dpb23's discussion Your favorite recordings of singers with solo guitars
"+1 on Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, some of my favorite CD's and they put on a great show in Atlanta i Feb. 2007, just two voices and two guitars (or one guitar and a banjo). Great songs, beautiful harmonies, and David has a way of playing…"
Feb 2, 2009
Marty Henrickson left a comment for Al Petteway
"Al, I really enjoyed the AG article. I definitely see a connection among celtic, old-time, and bluegrass. Good stuff. I need to check out some of your music, and will do so very soon. Regards, Marty Henrickson"
Feb 2, 2009
Marty Henrickson left a comment for Phil Keaggy
"Phil, I really enjoyed your Easter concert in 2005 in Birmingham. It was very inspiring, in more ways than one. I also have a couple of your vids and CD's. Thanks for sharing your faith and talent. Marty Henrickson"
Feb 2, 2009

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
10-20 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin D28 CW
Seagull MJM6 CW
Fender Mex Strat
Santa Rosa el cheapo half-size student classical
Harmony of unknown age with only sentimental value
What type of music do you like to play?
Acoustic rock, bluegrass, hymns, old-time traditional, praise choruses
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At 11:50pm on January 28, 2009, Bill Bailey said…
Hi Marty,
Don't seem to be many of us Alabama guys here.
I've thought about starting a group for us.
Maybe call it something like The Kudzu Patch or Alabama Acoustic.
What do you think?
At 5:13am on January 27, 2009, Antonio Eduardo Rosa said…
Hi Marty,

You are always welcome!
If I had to choose an artist that is representative of the Portuguese soul, I would select Carlos Paredes, a Portuguese guitar player.
If you go to my profile page at YUWIE, there is a musical video blog where I posted a video from YouTube about Carlos Paredes playing.

Here’s the address

In the player in the main page I have some Portuguese music playing. One is a fado singer, Mariza. She won several international prizes of world music and is one of the good new fado singers. You may get an idea what I was talking about.

At 9:39am on January 26, 2009, Antonio Eduardo Rosa said…
Hi Marty,

Thanks for writing!

If there a style that is typically Portuguese, I would say it’s “fado”. The distinctive trademark of “fado” is the Portuguese guitar, instrument that you almost only find here in Portugal. The Portuguese guitar plays a solo and backup role, and there is also a nylon string guitar that plays the backup and the bass role.

In a way, one thinks Portuguese music beeing fado, like one things Spanish music being flamenco.

But we have a lot of other styles: Portuguese folk (which is very rich considering that Portugal is a small country), pop, rock, ballads…

Personally I avoid to play fado. I only know a few fado songs. Normally the singer tells you the kind of progression and the tone, and you should be able to play it. For instance, if he says Fado da Mouraria in A minor, you should immediately know the chord progression. Like if you say in Flamenco “Soleares” , that points you defined rhythm and chords.

Fado players of “classical guitar” (we say viola) are very good and solid in their role, but the Portuguese guitar get the main stage among the singer backup players.

The Portuguese music I play is in general ballad style. I like to adapt the style I generally play (alternate bass fingerpicking) to some songs I like, that allows me to sing and add some solo parts to the songs.

I could tell you much more, but would be boring for you…probably.

I like very much Andrés Segovia, I started learning classical guitar many years ago because I watch a short documentary about him on the TV…

Have a great day!

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