Howdy! I’m Ed Dowling from eddowling.com.
I’m here to talk about finger picking, slide guitar on behalf of expertvillage.com. Finger
picks will allow you to play fast and clear. If you’re going to play dobro like Jerry Douglas,
almost all bluegrass and country players are going to use finger picks. The pick slides
off the string and allows you to play clearly and rapidly. There are 3 basic ways of using
these picks as far as the patterns. One is called the alternating row. Thumb, index,
thumb, middle, thumb, index, thumb, middle. This is 4 notes. There’s 4 notes at two four
and four four time. This is a really good. If you do this alternating row and move this
bar around, you’re playing slide guitar. Now, there’s another roll that’s used in dobro
play. It’s fast; it’s a transition from Earl to Josh Graves to Jerry Douglas, and that’s
the forward row. Thumb, index, middle, thumb, index, middle. Since you’re playing these
3 strings, the thumb ventures out and plays 3 strings and this middle finger will actually
go back and forth and play the 1st and 2nd strings. The third style is just going to
be guts, bare bones, how do I feel. Let’s use these things anyway we can. In other words,
I’m not playing out of a role. I’m just doing what I need to do to make the sound I need.
That’s the heart of slide guitar; just interfacing on a tactile level with these fingers and