Too Many Notes! Part 2

Too Many Notes! Part 2

Too many notes!

Now that we’ve worked out the melody reduction and cross-picking arrangement in the upper register, it’s time to drop it down an octave and repeat the process. First off we have the melody reduction. Here it is with the melody, and chords:

+arkansas_traveler_melody_reduction_low

Since we’re in the lower register we’ll be using the forward-roll for the cross-picking. If you’re not sure what that is here’s an explanation, and a few exercises. We’ll use the melody note as the starting point of the forward-roll, and then pick through the chord above that.

One thing I haven’t talked about is accenting the melody notes. What I mean by that is that we have to play them just a little louder than the extra chord tones, that way they stand out, and help the melody to be heard. Both of the recent arrangements can sound a little dull if you don’t pay close attention to making sure the melody notes are accented. If everything is the same volume then it just sounds like you’re picking through chords. Here is the forward-roll version of the melody reduction:

arkansas_traveler_forward_roll.png

Once again – the melody reduction, and then the cross-picking arrangement based on it. Next we’ll explore ways to not only add more variation, but also a little more excitement to the arrangements using slurs in Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Oh my!

Beautifully printable PDFs here and here.

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3 Comments

  • Jeff on August 3, 2017

    Brother, I miss picking with you and I really miss learning new songs with you. Do you have a video of the tab in these posts?

    Jethro

  • Jeff on August 3, 2017

    Brother, I miss picking with you and I really miss learning new songs with you. Do you have a video of the tab in these posts?

    Jethro

    • charles on August 4, 2017

      I don’t yet, but I plan to.

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