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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: That left (chording) hand will eventually learn

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countrydirt - Posted - 02/08/2009:  13:53:42

First off, I apologize for being a leftist (thinking only in term of life as a right-hander)

Today, while working on "I Find Jesus" by Jimmy Ibbotson and the Dirt Band, my brain/hand conection found a new short-cut. I am sure I am the first to discover this, so I might patent it - not really. I typically have made the first position G chord using my middle finger on the low E, 3rd, index on the A, 2nd and pinky on the high E, 3rd with the ring occasionally on the B, 3rd for more tone. Today, while shifting between D7, G, G7 and C, my left hand took over and found a better way for G - Ring finger on the low E, middle on the A, pinky on the high E, which was a natural shift from D7 and made adding a G7 before C a cinch by just dropping the index on high E first fret and raising my pinky from the 3rd.

I have seen real pickers use that form of G, but my hand never wanted to really make that without conscious effort and then some sort of jangly buzzing mute along with it. So I am fairly excited.

I have used partial chord forms on G with the ring and pinky while Travis picking, but that is always just sort of fleeting while I move along a melody. This is exciting because it a full chord (well my fingers make a full chord even if I don't hit all of the string while running an alternating bass line) that just "appeared" while I was playing. I ran through the progression about 4 times before I was even aware that it was happening.

So there is hope! Now, give me a few more years and I might be able to move out of the first position for more than a B chord!

Owner of several, master of none!

rdeputy - Posted - 02/08/2009:  14:02:24

Good for you! I generally do the G in the formation you first described, but I found that transitioning between G, G7 and C sometimes would make my fingers mess up, so I also discovered the alternate fingering for the G that you described, which does lend to fairly easy transitions to C and G7 (as long as you're not adding that D on the 2nd string). I still haven't been able to work that fingering into my subconscious, however. I always have to make a conscious effort to put it there when I see lots of G7's and C's on the path ahead. Practice makes perfect - eventually.



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