The A Section

Pinch Me!

The A Section starts with a little bit of syncopation. That means the first note falls on a beat before or after the normal downbeat that comes at the start of a measure. In this case it is before. To make things a little tougher, it's tied to the first 16th note. To get this down you need to listen a lot. Loop the first two measures and listen a lot of times. As you're working on the song, be listening to the original recording throughout the week or month. There is a spotify link in the song description

Most of the song is made of forward rolls and pinches. Try and keep your fingerpicks and thumbpicks parallel to the strings. This will help produce a clear and strong tone. Picking closer to the bridge will help brighten the sound of this tune. If you pick in the middle or close to the neck you won't get a clear note separation. Watch the video for an idea of where to position your picking and fretting hands.

If 60 bpm is too fast you can slow it down even more with the tempo slider. When you get to 50 bpm or below, the metronome will click twice as much. This helps keep track of time during the slow speeds. You can count along by counting to 8 instead of four. You can also use the classical method of counting "and" between each numbered beat i.e. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and.

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B section is next. You're about to find out why this tune is called the Clinch Mountain Backstep