Drop 2 Chords

Drop 2 chord voicings are created by moving (dropping) the chord’s second highest note down to its lowest note.

This creates chords the are very easy to play on the guitar.

These chords are mostly used in jazz music but they sound great and are worth experimenting with even if jazz isn’t your musical style of choice.
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Fingerstyle Guitar

Fingerstyle guitar is a technique where the strings are plucked using fingers, fingernails, or finger picks. Many different styles of music make use of fingerstyle including: classical, flamenco, and bossa nova.

Finger Picking refers to a specific fingerstyle used in folk, blues, country, ragtime, and rock, where the thumb is used to play an alternating bass line while the rest of the fingers pick the melody and fill in notes.

The advantages of fingerstyle playing are the ability to perform more than one part of a song’s arrangement at the same time such as the bass line and melody line. Also all of a chord’s tones can be easily played simultaneously (up to 5 notes) instead of strummed. The fingers allow for subtle tone differences and muting opportunities when compared to a pick.


Fingerpicking Pattern 1


Fingerpicking Pattern 2


Fingerpicking Pattern 3


Fingerpicking Pattern 4


Carol of the Bells Guitar Lesson

“Carol of the Bells”
captures the exhilarating spirit of the winter holidays with its driving rhythms and its soaring melodies.

Composed by Mykola Leontovych, the song is based on a folk chant known in Ukrainian as “Shchedryk”.

It has been arranged many times for different genres, styles of singing and settings and has been covered by artists and groups of many genres: classical, metal, jazz, rock, and pop.

Here’s a version of “Carol of the Bells” or “Carol of the Guitars” as I like to call it, that I recorded around 2004. In this lesson we will learn the main parts from this arrangement. Enjoy.

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