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How To Create A Great Fingerpicking Sound Using 6th Harmony

by Simon Candy Musician And Guitar Instructor

In this lesson, I show you a way to play chord progressions on guitar without actually playing chords.


I realise how silly that may sound, however instead of playing the chords of a progression you can imply them instead.


Think of the tune “Blackbird” by The Beatles.


There is not a single chord in this tune. They are all implied.


What you are about to see is an excerpt form a live masterclass I taught in Chicago. In this class, I take a typical chord progression and show you how to imply the chords of it using the harmony of a 6th.


In addition, I show you how to add droning open strings around these 6ths for a super cool fingerpicking sound.


Watch the video below to learn more:


6th Harmony Fingerpicking Guitar Video Tutorial


6th Harmony


The Concept:


Harmonised 6ths G Major Scale Ascending


The following is the G major scale played on the 3rd string harmonised in 6ths:


6th Harmony Fingerpicking G Major Ascending 


Harmonised 6ths G Major Scale Descending


Here is the same scale harmonised in 6ths descending:


6th Harmony Fingerpicking G Major Descending 


Harmonised 6ths Open String Drone 1


Here is the G Major scale harmonised in 6ths adding the drone of the open second string:


6th Harmony Open String Drone 1  


Harmonised 6ths Open String Drone 2


Here is the G Major scale harmonised in 6ths adding the drone of the open sixth string::


6th Harmony Open String Drone 2   


Harmonised 6ths Open String Drone 3


Here is the G Major scale harmonised in 6ths adding the drone of the open fifth string:


6th Harmony Open String Drone 3


6th Harmony Masterclass Example


The Progression


Here is the chord progression used in the masterclass:


6th Harmony Fingerpicking Chord Progression


6th Harmony Application Example


Here is the example from the masterclass of 6ths being used to spice up a chord progression. Focus on the concept behind this example, not the example itself:


6th Harmony Fingerpicking Masterclass Example 


For more great fingerpicking concepts and techniques check out these online lessons for fingerpicking guitar


About The Author:


Specialising in the acoustic guitar and styles including blues, jazz, rock, and fingerpicking, Simon Candy is a highly sought after guitar instructor from Melbourne, Australia. In addition to running his own guitar school, Simon also helps people learn acoustic guitar online 



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