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What I found is that many of the things Estas does are not too difficult and actually quite achievable for any mediocre guitar player. the magic comes with how it is put together. I never took classical lessons, playing since 5 years, and I realized that I can play his style. I am doing a full transcription of the Song of the Golden Dragon (Landshut 2011) ...


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@Slim's answer is great. A couple of things to add. After you learn some rolls (picking patterns), you'll be able to arpeggiate chords and play chord melody solos. Now learn to play the melody fingerstyle, concentrating on your picking hand. First learn to play the melody and/or bassline with just your thumb and index finger. Rev. Gary Davis was an ...


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This is very broad, but I think I can break down some introductory steps: Step 1: Play chords with the fretting hand, as if strumming. Learn some rolls - that is, right-hand picking sequences. There are plenty of rolls in books and on the internet. Step 2: Learn to adapt the rolls depending on the chord, so that root notes are played when you want them, ...


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The name for this technique is rasgueado.


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Adding to Ben's great answer. Learn the chord shapes all over the neck. An 'E' shape gives you the tonic on the top string. So does a 'G' shape. A 'C' and 'D' shape give you a third on the top, and an 'A' shape will find the 5th on top. Those notes make up the major chord, which will give some of the main notes for most tunes. Playing them on the top string, ...


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First of all it takes a while to develop your ear and some pointed practice definitely helps. The short answer is use the tools at your disposal - usually your ear and maybe notation/tablature if you can find it for free/on the cheap. With that said it is GREAT practice to transcribe the melody by ear (Using looping software ain't cheating in my book but ...



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