Below is the lesson for “Christy’s Walk”.
Learn a beautiful love song that’s perfect for the intermediate fingerstyle player. This piece serves as an excellent study for developing two areas of our playing: timing and feel. Let’s begin with timing. This piece is written almost entirely with eighth note rhythms. By learning a piece that predominantly uses the same rhythm, it makes it much easier to stay in time; as opposed to learning a piece that constantly changes rhythms or uses syncopation.
This steady rhythm is also great because this piece uses movement; which means, you’ll be playing throughout the entire span of the neck (frets 0-12). This allows you to focus more so on the chord shapes and melody notes that jump up and down the neck.
Now let’s talk about playing with “feeling”. As a love song, we need to relay that emotion in our playing. One way to achieve this is by fingerpicking with a soft, light touch. Therefore, a lot of thought should go into “how you are playing the notes and chords” vs. focusing on ONLY playing the correct notes and chords. If you are new to this concept, check out this lesson.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson