Arranging a Song for Fingerstyle Guitar

Learn how to convert a song with chords and melody into a fingerstyle guitar solo.
· December 20, 2018

Outline of the Steps Described

  • Step #1 – Play the melody
  • Step #2 – Play chords
  • Step #3 – Start with bass and melody
  • Step #4 – Add rhythmical pattern
    • Arpeggio patterns
    • Travis picking
  • Step #5 – Embellish
    • Bass runs
    • Harmonized notes

Tips:

  • Start simple and add embellishments later
  • Learn pre-arranged songs to develop your technique and get ideas
  • Practice fingerstyle exercises
    • Pinching and staggered notes
    • Arpeggio patterns
    • Travis picking
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