Thursday, January 25, 2018

Pick Planting Technique

This is a good video by guitarist Rick Graham showing pick planting technique, which helps to develop good right hand motion. Another idea I work with is picking down and stopping on the next string. That trains the hand in the proper motion, which is perpendicular to the strings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JSCmIBzabU

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Open G Tuning

This week I have been practicing my Trinity College bouzouki, which is tuned in open G, GDGD. I often play with the capo at the third fret to create a B-flat bagpipe sound. The effect is rich and pipelike .This week I have been practicing a tune written by my late friend Tom Perkins, "The Last Hundred Yards to the Pub", which he said was a quickstep. ;)