Are you ready to learn a song on the classical guitar and entertain your friends today? There’s no better way to get started besides learning Chet Atkins’s hit song Windy and Warm!
Jim Deeming is your instructor today and he is an accomplished classical guitar teacher who has contributed widely at Jamplay. In this lesson, he will show you how to break down an advanced song into smaller chunks to facilitate learning progress.
Before you go any further, here are some prerequisites you need to know. First of all, you should be able to alternate pick and be comfortable at playing at faster speeds before you attempt to tackle this song.
1 – The string bending portions in the song may not be easy for newer guitar players. This is due to a lack of finger strength in their hands. What I would recommend you to do here is to place more fingers behind the fretted note to “lend” strength while you perform a bend.
2 – Use of thumb picks. A common feedback from many of our readers is that a thumbpick doesn’t feel natural because they had been playing with picks for years. Well, stick with it and continue practicing until you get it right. In country and blues styles, fingerpicking can help your right hand develop finger independence.
3 – Once you are familiar with the song, there is always room for creativity and experimentation. I strongly recommend that you try different tweaks and make spontaneous improvisations. This allows you to show your flair and imbue your own ideas into the song.
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Wow. Very nicely done. I appreciate having access to this tutorial. I am “re-learning” guitar after a 25 year hiatus. I pulled my 1991 Yamaha out of the closet after 25 years of not playing – just last spring – but I am now about ready to tackle this classic. Thank you.