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 Post subject: Chords are Hard!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:57 pm 
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I feel like I’ve spent the past three weeks playing this little tune, tripping over my fingers and cursing like a sailor, but it’s finally starting to sound like something.

Take away from this lesson: Chords require confident fingers, and confident fingers require practice, practice, practice. Also, I need to toy around with the gain on the new microphone.

https://youtu.be/WD7bIRzSbgI


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 Post subject: Re: Chords are Hard!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:44 pm 
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Andy - as I mentioned in my YouTube comment:

That really is progress since Alles neu macht der Mai. Bravo! Mic gain doesn't seem a problem to my ears, and I like the differentiation you make between melody and accompaniment. I hear you on the "three weeks" bit; I feel the same about my own progress.

As you mentioned in your email, keeping track of the "home finger", and using rest stroke, does help me. But finding the other notes of the chord with the two other fingers is still quite a hurdle for me. In theory, my right hand should move as a unit, but it doesn't!

Well done on your progress!
Tom M.


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 Post subject: Re: Chords are Hard!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:11 am 
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Hey all,

I was curious about how you would play some of these dyads I am seeing. For example, here in ‘Der treue Husar’, the very first dyad is E and G. These exist on the same string, I am confused about how you would form this. The next one, E and A seems to make sense, I assume E on the D string and A on the A string.

Any insights would be greatly appreciated! Thanks y’all!
- Andy


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 Post subject: Re: Chords are Hard!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:44 am 
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Andy - you are moving forward for sure!

Until more expert players reply, I'd say you play the E G combination by moving your left hand out of "first" position. So you play the G with 4 on the D string, and play the E with 2 on the G string. Then just use 3 to play the A, leaving 2 on the E. Anyway, makes sense to me.

Let's see how others would do this.

Tom M.


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