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This week on the channel, guest host Lisa McCormick shows you a timeless holiday classic, "Carol of the Bells" . This one ...
is relatively easy to learn and is a great exercise in the fingerpicking style for acoustic guitar.
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Hey everybody, this is Lisa McCormick, your guest host today for the Guitar Tricks YouTube Channel episode. Let’s start with a quick tip of the week. And this tip of the week has to do with a nifty little stockings stopper for guitar players. It’s called a pick holder. Now there's many brands and styles of pick holders but the basic idea is the same. They have a little bit of adhesive on the back that does not hurt the finish of your guitar. Stick it right onto your guitar and you fill it out with picks. And then you always have one. And if you should drop one, there's another. As an acoustic guitar player, I’d probably put my pick holder right here on the side of the guitar so I always have a pick handy whenever I need it. Now for today’s mini lesson, were going to learn a portion of an ancient holiday carol finger picking style. This traditional tune is called Carol of the Bells. It has Ukranian roots that goes way, way back in history. People have been playing this carol for hundreds of years. And where we’ll start with this is with 4 notes. That’s the 3rd fret of the 1st string, the 2nd fret of the 1st string, the 3rd fret of the 1st string again, and then the 1st string open. That’s not so bad. You can do those 4 notes. Now I'm going to show you 4 more notes and that will be it. so we’re going to start with the 2nd fret of the 4th string, the note E. let’s go to the 4th string played open, go to the 5th string played at the 3rd fret, the note C, and the 5th string played at the 2nd fret, the note B. So we've got 2 sets of 4 notes, the high line and the low line. Neither of which is all that tricky in and at itself. But now, we’re going to put them together and play them at the same time. So we’ll play one full turn through the high line for every one note of the low line. If you can master the moves that it takes to play these 2 very simple 4-note melody lines simultaneously, you're working on some very important finger picking skills.