Fingerstyle Training: Pinch pattern

It’s important to keep building your speed and fluency with the Travis patterns so that you can apply them to different sets of chords, and so that you can adapt them to the speed of any ensemble setting or song you want to use them with.

Here are two chord progressions that repeat with audios…

St James Infirmary Travis

If you have played the melody to St James Infirmary and added in the root notes for the chords, you’ll already have an arrangement that sounds good. One of the ways you can develop this further is to add in more bass notes on beats two and four in the bar. This is like combining…

St James Infirmary Chord Melody

In this training we will be working on creating effective arrangements from melodies.

It feels and sounds great to be able to sit down and play a complete instrumental arrangement with nothing but one instrument.

This is not the same as accompanying yourself singing, although that is fun and valuable too. Chord melody is when…