After practicing the chords in G minor (pg 26) and the Chords for Elenke, another great song in a minor key,
We started our introduction to flat picking. Here are a couple of things to know about flat picking:
Hold the pick as illustrated on page 32
Hold it loosely - no tight grip
When flatpicking, pick a bit closer to the bridge, over the sound hole.
Using the pick parallel to the strings creates and bright sound.
Giving the pick a slight angle will produce a warmer sound.
Thin picks sound thin, thick pick sound hard and loud. I recommend starting out with a medium pick. I passed out picks in class. I you weren't there, you'll have to get one at any music store.
For Next Week -
Practice the exercises on page 32-33 with the flat pick. Work on the Up and down movement with the pick.
Practice To See Swainson with picks and we may also play Charlie is My Darling with picks.
Practice Elenke (uke I and II) without picks- Once you are confident with the notes in both parts, you can try playing both parts at the same time.
We will also start to work on Theme From Abdelazar next week practice that some this week.