Advanced Fingerstyle Techniques
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Slapped Harmonics, Tremoloed Bass Notes, and More
Michael Hedges-Style Slapped Harmonics
This approach is in the style of the late fingerstyle great Michael Hedges and the legion of pluckers he inspired. Use an open-hand strum on each open
G–C/G move, plucking with your hand positioned over the neck, near harmonic “slap points,” to ease the transition between techniques.
Tribute to Tuck Andress
Tuck Andress is most commonly associated with fingerstyle jazz, but his eclectic discography boasts much more than jazz tunes—he has arranged
numerous cover versions of famous pop, rock, and funk songs, from Michael Jackson to Jimi Hendrix! Plus, when he plucks his Gibson hollowbody on recordings, he records it direct and miked acoustically, which is close enough to fingerstyle acoustic rock for pur purposes.
The next example presents one of Andress’ extreme fingerstyle techniques—a passage decorated with triplet double-stop flurries on beats 3–4. Try this
with your plucking hand’s index and middle fingers positioned almost totally straight, while fluttering them back and forth across strings 2–3.