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Re: The country blues F chord
Posted by tomw on January 14, 2004, 7:20 pm, in reply to "The country blues F chord"
Chuck, if I may chime in, too, I'm not sure exactly which guitar Ari is playing in the video you referenced, but if it's his former main guitar, an LG1 from the sixties, I think ... if that's what you play, it's a guitar with a relatively 'clubby' neck profile ... my advice would be to go to a guitar shop, and better yet a place like Mando Bros. on Staten Is. or Fred Oster's Vintage Instruments in Philly, and play a variety of acoustics, both new and used, to see what 'fits' your hand size ... with that said, back to the 'country blues' F chord ... I have large hands and the callous on my left thumb from making that F is on the inside at the first knuckle, that may help you as a reference point ... my problem with that chord is not the reach, but the fact that the F formed by my thumb often sounds sharp, not sure if that's from fretting too hard, or the fact that it's an old guitar and not intonated as well as we'd expect on a new one, but it sounds good enough for my playing standard...keep practicing ;-)
: I've been playing guitar for awhile, to the
: point that I guess I would be considered
: intermediate level. With a lot of practice,
: I can put together a reasonable version of
: something like "Untrue Blues" as
: taught by Ari on his video. However, even
: after all this time I still have a lot of
: trouble playing (cleanly)songs that require
: the version of the F chord where your thumb
: comes over the top to play the bass. The
: main guitar I use is similar to the one Ari
: uses in the Blind Boy Fuller video. I'm
: despairing that my fingers are just not long
: enough to ever really play it right. Does
: anyone know anything that might help?
: Also, a quick question for Ari if you're
: listening. I imagine that you have, at one
: time or another, tabbed out many more songs
: than what appear on your videos. Is it
: possible to purchase photocopies of tabs for
: specific songs from you? I know your ears are
: better than mine. Specific songs I'm
: interested in at the moment are Aint it a
: Crying Shame by Blind Boy Fuller and Devil
: Got my Woman by Skip James. Thanks.
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