In this etude, we will incorporate diminished licks in a minor key to create a unique sound. Think of a “lick” as a short phrase (or series of notes). For example, the Intro in this etude can be considered a diminished lick; as it is a short phrase that fingerpicks a diminished pattern up the neck.
This etude is written in the key of D minor and reflects a “sadder” tonal quality that traditionally accompanies minor keys. In Theme 1, you will play through the chord progression twice. The first time involves strumming and muted 16th note accent hits, while the second time involves more fingerpicking. These muted hits can be very tricky! Therefore, in part 1 of the lesson video, we will discuss proper left and right hand technique thoroughly. Theme 2 involves a Travis Picking pattern followed by a diminished pull-off and hammer-on lick. In part 2 of the lesson video, we will cover this section in complete detail.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson