The example below shows variations on the E (highest sounding) string. These extra notes add variety to the sound and give an opportunity for hammer-ons and pull-offs. It is amazing how many riffs can be made out of the D chord and the extra notes on the first string.

The above chords are played in the order that you see them.

Adding an alternating bass, as below, increases the variety and of course, makes it more difficult to play!



Folk Guitar Lessons
For most guitarists, the purpose for having lessons is to accompany songs.

The singer-songwriter in folk music has a strong tradition, especially in the American folk music genre.

The Method
Most folk guitar accompaniment is fingerstyle in method, but flat picks are sometimes used for strumming and picking out a bass note here and there.

The folk guitar technique is similar to classical guitar playing but usually is made up of chord arpeggios and bass notes, over which a voice sings.

Lessons consist of learning chords and developing a good right hand technique which is the most difficult part of the process.

Folk Guitar Lessons
Clip On Guitar Tuner – Very Useful

Alternating Bass Notes
Simple patterns with alternating bass notes using the thumb, index and middle finger is the way to go. It is often the case that the better your technique, the easier it is to play.

Many Styles
The world of folk music is huge with many styles from regions around the world played on many different instruments of ethnic origin.

For those wanting to learn to play the folk guitar, lessons from a teacher will get you off to a great start whichever style of folk music you would like to learn.


Acoustic Guitar Notes of Interest.

There are many different shapes of acoustic guitar and in the Gibson acoustic range there are: super jumbo, jumbo, square shoulder, round shoulder, small body, contemporary (single cutaway) and archtop (jazz).

See Also:  Fingerpicking Guitar