Fingerstyle song arrangement

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sansspite5

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Hello. I am new to guitartricks. I am intermediate level guitarist. I joined GT cos I wanted to play solo guitar...arranging songs..mainly fingerstyle guitar. Can anyone help how to start and where to start. Seems GT has lot of info but I am confused where to start.

I will apprecaite input.

Thanks

sam

#1

Hello. I am new to guitartricks. I am intermediate level guitarist. I joined GT cos I wanted to play solo guitar...arranging songs..mainly fingerstyle guitar. Can anyone help how to start and where to start. Seems GT has lot of info but I am confused where to start.

I will apprecaite input.

Thanks

sam

manXcat

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Hi Sam

Noting that you are intermediate, probably a question best put to Lisa McCormick in her Ask Lisa sub-forum.

Lisa does a lot of the acoustic finger style tutorials for finger style beginners here as well as genre orientated ones. e.g. blues, where in the final part of the lesson she demonstrates how to put together a blues song.

That's merely illustrative, and possibly simpler than what you were seeking, but Lisa will sort you out with a direction if Christopher or someone else doesn't chime in beforehand.

Cheers 😎

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

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Hi Sam

Noting that you are intermediate, probably a question best put to Lisa McCormick in her Ask Lisa sub-forum.

Lisa does a lot of the acoustic finger style tutorials for finger style beginners here as well as genre orientated ones. e.g. blues, where in the final part of the lesson she demonstrates how to put together a blues song.

That's merely illustrative, and possibly simpler than what you were seeking, but Lisa will sort you out with a direction if Christopher or someone else doesn't chime in beforehand.

Cheers 😎

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

ChristopherSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 5264

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: sansspite5

I joined GT cos I wanted to play solo guitar...arranging songs..mainly fingerstyle guitar. Can anyone help how to start and where to start.

Arranging a song to be played completely on solo guitar is more of a classical approach. So you might want to look through my classical tutorials. The easier material might be beneath your physical playing skills level, but the concepts can help you understand how to harmonize a melody in order to put chords to a melody.

https://www.guitartricks.com/forum/thread.php?f=36&t=28987

When this technique is done for pop or jazz tunes it's typically called chord melody style. That's because the idea is to play both the melody & the chords all at the same time. I do some tutorials aimed at learning those skills in a jazz context.

Joe Pass Style

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=149

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=268

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=708

And I've done some tunes that have a chord melody approach in the tutorial.

After You've Gone
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=644


St. Louis Blues
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=759

Summertime (Jazz)

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2189

Doing it as acosutic fingerstyle, Anders does a great job of showing how this works in a ragtime style setting.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=975

While those are mostly jazz related, this style can be applied to any genre! For example Anders does a great job on a pop tune here.

Fields of Gold

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1150

Also, Travis picking is an interesting technique used in country style that can help you develop your technique to play chords & melody at the same time.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2357

Hope that helps! Please ask more if necessary & best of success!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#3

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: sansspite5

I joined GT cos I wanted to play solo guitar...arranging songs..mainly fingerstyle guitar. Can anyone help how to start and where to start.

Arranging a song to be played completely on solo guitar is more of a classical approach. So you might want to look through my classical tutorials. The easier material might be beneath your physical playing skills level, but the concepts can help you understand how to harmonize a melody in order to put chords to a melody.

https://www.guitartricks.com/forum/thread.php?f=36&t=28987

When this technique is done for pop or jazz tunes it's typically called chord melody style. That's because the idea is to play both the melody & the chords all at the same time. I do some tutorials aimed at learning those skills in a jazz context.

Joe Pass Style

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=149

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=268

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=708

And I've done some tunes that have a chord melody approach in the tutorial.

After You've Gone
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=644


St. Louis Blues
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=759

Summertime (Jazz)

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2189

Doing it as acosutic fingerstyle, Anders does a great job of showing how this works in a ragtime style setting.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=975

While those are mostly jazz related, this style can be applied to any genre! For example Anders does a great job on a pop tune here.

Fields of Gold

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1150

Also, Travis picking is an interesting technique used in country style that can help you develop your technique to play chords & melody at the same time.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2357

Hope that helps! Please ask more if necessary & best of success!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

sansspite5

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Joined: 04/03/18

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Many thanks to ManXCat and Christopher. I will check both. Much appreciated. Indeed.

cheers

sam

#4

Many thanks to ManXCat and Christopher. I will check both. Much appreciated. Indeed.

cheers

sam

ChristopherSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 5264

Originally Posted by: sansspite5

Many thanks to ManXCat and Christopher. I will check both. Much appreciated. Indeed.

You're welcome!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#5

Originally Posted by: sansspite5

Many thanks to ManXCat and Christopher. I will check both. Much appreciated. Indeed.

You're welcome!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory