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Michelle by The Beatles - Finger Style Solo

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Here is a finger style solo of "Michelle" by The Beatles.  It is a classical style solo, which means I am basically playing all the bass notes with my thumb and string one with my ring finger, string two with the middle, and string three with the index.  There are a few exceptions.  On the intro I like to play the note that is moving on the third string with my thumb, and the other two strings with my index and middle.  Hope you enjoy working on this one!

Feel free to post your questions or comments.






Bollywood - Aye Mere Humsafa

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At the beginning of Aye Mere Humsafa there is a short guitar solo, just before the verse.  It is played in the key of G minor over the chords Gm, F, Eb, D7.  Better yet, put a capo on if you're strumming the chords and strum Em, D, C and B7.  Hope that makes it a little easier.
I do not have a capo on as I play this solo, slowly.  It is in the 10th position, meaning I play the 10th fret with my 1st finger, the 11th fret with my 2nd, the 12th fret with my 3rd finger, got it?  Notice the quick slide from fret 8 to 10 on the first string to start the solo off.  The solo ends with a Gm triad.  Give it a quick strum and slide it down the neck.  I am using alternate picking on some of the fast notes.

Bollywood - Soch Na Sake

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Here's another Bollywood student request, this beautiful song Soch Na Sake.  I have three separate videos highlighting the intro, strumming pattern and the mandolin solo.  In all the videos I have the capo at the second fret.  The song is in the key of A, but I am playing it like it is in the key of G (Capo 2nd fret).  The opening chords are G, Em, C add9, G.

INTRO
Notice the hammer-on from the first to second note.  Play the first note and then hammer your next finger onto the next fret.  The intro is made up of mostly sixteenth notes, you might want to alternate pick (down and up) through the notes so that you can eventually play this up to speed.


STRUMMING PATTERN The basic strumming pattern to this song is D - U - U - D - U.  This is a good "campfire" strum for the entire song.  There is a second guitar/mandolin part that is played along with the chords.  I thought I would try to put both parts together.  It make the chord switches a little tricky.  Notice how I alte…

Mi Favorita

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Here is a beautiful Spanish-Style Classical piece that is not too difficult.  It is made up of three parts, so I would work on the individual parts before playing through the entire piece.  It is, or course, played in the classical style, so be aware of the melody and bring it out.  Also alternate your fingers when playing parts that are more scale like (alternating i and m will do most of the time).  If you have any questions, just post them in the comments and I'll post my answers.


Nobody Knows INTRO - The Lumineers

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Here's the intro to "Nobody Knows" by The Lumineers.  Here are few tips that might help you learn this great intro. You can't see it in the video, but I have my capo at the 2nd fret.I start with a slide on the third string, second fret, with my second finger. Slide to the fourth fret.I am using my thumb on strings 3, 4, 5 and 6.  My index is playing strings 1 and 2. Happy to answer any questions, just post your comments and questions. 


Save Me San Francisco by Train - Intro and Strumming Pattern

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The intro to Save Me San Francisco is sort of a shuffle groove with an old time rock-n-roll feel.  Here are a few playing tips.


Start with a D chord, and strum D to Dsus to D back to Dsus.  You can play this with all downstrokes, but it doesn't really matter.The next chord is the power chord version of a G.  First finger string 6 on the third fret.  Third finger string five on the fifth fret.  Get ready to stretch, though.  You will need to reach your pinky over to fret seven of string five.  I play with only down strokes.Next chord is an A power chord.  Fifth string is open and first finger on fourth string second fret.  Continue with the shuffle groove by reaching to fret four on the fourth string.  I use my third fingerFinish up by returning to the D and Dsus chords.

Strumming Pattern
I like to use a basic "campfire" style strum for the rest of the song.  My pattern goes like this:
D      D      D   U   Hit  U  
D= Down stroke U= Up Stroke
Notice that the G, A, and fina…