21 June 2014

PIckin' with Justin

Our guitar pickin' workshop with Justin Bernasconi drew about 15 guitarists to Outlets on Saturday afternoon for a couple of hours of finger-twisting, coordination-challenging playing. Justin started simple - "the right thumb is the key to this style of playing" was his central message and he showed us how to use the thumb to lay down a solid rhythm for the rest of the pattern. Then it was on to more advanced playing, with syncopated beats, bringing in the styles of Mississipi John Hurt and Big Bill Broonzy. Justin also answered lots of questions, about chord fingering patterns, the most efficient way to play finger-picking styles, to different types of strings and guitars. We went away with some tab-sheets for further  practice and heads full of new ideas and information. Thanks Justin, a great afternoon!

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