Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons - Chet Atkins Style
Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons | Alternating Bass Exercises. We will teach you several different fingerstyle guitar chording methods for several guitar masters.
- Chet Atkins Chord Tips
- Tab 1
- Tab 2
We have given you 3 different methods for utilizing chords for your fingerstyle guitar in this fingerstyle guitar lesson.
Each fingerstyle guitar lesson is divided into 3 different keys. The key of C Major, A Major and E Major. You will find that it is easiest to play these exercises in either A or E. C Major is not as easy because of the lack of open strings that the other key have. Usually fingerstyle guitar is played in the keys of D, A, E and sometimes in G and C - all in standard tuning.
Drop tuning is utilized for the keys of C Major, G Major and D Major. We will explore Drop Tuning in future Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons.
Simply select each of the fingerstyle guitar lesson tabs to see each PDF. If you wish, you may download these lessons in PDF form free of charge by following the link below. We are also giving to you the associated Guitar Pro file so that you can follow along and practice at your own rate utilizing the unique practice features of Guitar Pro.
If you download the files you can switch our unique "Tab Notes" teaching layer on or off to give you teaching advice when you need it or a clean score to play or print. You will need Acrobat 6 or above to utilize the layer function.
The "Tab Notes" will be your electronic teacher for this guitar lesson and will get you up and going on those tough passages. Couple that along with the Guitar Pro file where you can hear exactly how the song is to be played at any speed and it give you a powerful combination to master these guitar lessons simply and quickly.
- Play these tabs very slowly and follow along with the associated Guitar Pro file in "Practice Mode". This will allow you to start very slowly and then each time through you can increase the speed by a increment that you select in the file.
Keep a close eye on the right hand fingering. This fingering is shown below the tab score as t, i, m, a. (note that in traditional tabulation you may see the thumb indicated as a "p" rather than the "t" in the Guitar Pro version).
- All pieces are played in 4/4 time or common time. That is 4 beats per measure. All chords shown here are played as 4 note chords, in other words you use all of your fingers on your right hand to play the chord. You may decide that it sounds better to play 3-note chords. That is ok it is the guitarists option.
Although theses files will give you the basics for playing Chet Atkins style chords in a fingerstyle manner, there are many more things to cover. We will do that in future lessons, but for now memorize these chords and chord forms, master the right hand fingering associated with each chord grouping and nail your timing by playing along with the Guitar Pro file which we have provided.
There will be more free tab coming along in the near future, including beginning fingerstyle guitar lessons, intermediate and advanced playing.
Also look for an Ultimate Guitar Tab book to be published in ebook fashion similar to our already popular Ultimate Guitar Tab Book 1 for beginners and intermediate flatpicking guitar.