Aloha! This week I decided to start finger picking with guitar tabs to the song “Hey Mama Wolf” by Devendra Banhart. A great song with a great rhythm! It’s a little fast for a first song, but I figured I might as well start somewhere. By clicking on the link above, you can see the tabs I used, but this is basically all you need to know:
I started the “session” by filming a song that I knew already so that you, the reader, can get an idea of what I can do already. You can also see my “baseline” post here!
As I say in the video, the song I decided to play for you is “Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie. If you’d like to strum along to this song too, these chords are easy to follow and accurate! My apologies for the sound being low in the video, apparently the microphone on my iPhone is better than my computer.
After playing a “warm up” song, asked my expert-guitar playing boyfriend, Matt, to help me with learning to read tabs. I took a video of this short lesson, and then two more videos of me learning to finger pick on my own. I’m going to repeat this process for the rest of the week with this song and hopefully next week’s introduction video will be me picking these tabs in perfect rhythm!
What I found was the hardest about this session was being patient with myself. I remember learning chords in a day, and then being able to switch, sing, and strum easily! But finger picking is hard for me, and even these two chords are going to take longer to learn than I initially thought. However, I think that once I get a basis for picking and reading tabs, I’ll be able to pick up others easily. My apologies for the boring videos, but I think that this “evidence” will be pretty cool to see at the end of this project when things have (hopefully) gotten faster and smoother!
That’s all for now! If you’d like to hear the song I’m trying to strum along to you can find it here.