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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: learning to flatpick as a blind musician

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louvins - Posted - 02/03/2021:  02:10:14

Hello. I just came across this site recently. How do I as a blind person get started learning to flatpick. I honestly don't use picks all that much. I usually just use my thumb and index finger to play a lot of rhythm stuff. A lot of the videos on youtube assume the person watching the video can see which I can't do. Tabs don't really work for me. I don't know how to read braille music. I just learn by ear most of the time. Thanks for any help.

Texasbanjo - Posted - 02/03/2021:  04:52:04

I'd noodle around on the guitar and try to find the melody notes on the different strings. Once you find the melody notes, work on finding riffs and licks. The more you listen, the better your ear hears individual notes and melodies.

If you can find a guitar picker who's willing to help you, you can listen to him/her and he can tell you what he's doing, what strings he's hitting, how he's fingering a particular phrase or lick or riff. Maybe you can find a teacher in your area that would be willing to help you learn by listening, doing.

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