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I'm So Lonesome I could Cry

This wonderful song from Hank Williams is a perfect setting to introduce a few new things. First off, This is the last lesson where I'll use pattern picking like the Drop D practice song.  The pattern used in this piece is shown in the first measure. It's a waltz or in other words three quarter time.

You'll notice there are the letters  ( P, I, M, A ) under the first measure. This is the traditional way used in classical guitar notation to notate the right hand. "p" stands for thumb, "i" for index, "m" for middle and "a" for the ring finger.  I'll start making this reference from now on in this series when I think it will help in learning a piece or passage in the music.

Take notice that this pattern is using four fingers of the right hand (remember I'll always be throwing your right hand a curve ball now and then ) The bass note in each measure is simply where you start the progression with your right hand. On line two measure three I introduce a very subtle but cool C7 chord for your repertoire. This is followed by what looks to be a squiggly line on the next measure to the left of some notes.   This means you strum or pick all four strings, in this case of the new C7 chord that you just learned.

Lines three and five are musically the exact same thing but in different places on the neck.  I'm trying to expand everyone's horizon when looking at the guitar.  You don't have to an F to a F- to C walking down to A- the same way all the time.  Hopefully this will make you a little more confident getting around on the neck! Line five, third and forth measure, there is a number 3 above the staff.  This also is the traditional way to make reference in indicating left hand fingering and I'll be doing this from now on in this series. So in this case the 3rd finger (ring finger) is on the 4th string 9th fret and then moves down to the 7th fret.  

You will also notice at the end of the music there is a D.C. This always means go back to the beginning of the music and you will start seeing it more often in these series.  Work on getting the progression down with just the C chord then start working on the changes.  I think you'll find this song to be fulfilling to play and also very similar to other songs you might have heard before like "Mr. Bojangles" or "Whiter Shade of Pale."  What I'm getting at is, you should experiment with these and all chord forms and progressions and not just limit them to one piece of music.      

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