In this new video lesson for we temporarily leave the world of blues to discover a new musical dimension.
One of the genres that I love most on acoustic guitar and that is suitable for the fingerstyle technique is Irish music.
This topic will allow us to master many important topics for acoustic guitar: first, open tunings.
When we speak of open tunings, we mean the possibility of varying the standard tuning of the guitar, modifying the pitch of one or more strings, so as to create a completely different sound.
There are many open tunings coded by various authors for acoustic guitar, each with its own sound and with a propensity for its own genre.
In our case we will use the tuning called DADGAD; this abbreviation indicates the name of the open strings from the sixth string up to the first.
The strings to be modified will be: the sixth string, the second one and the first one, all lowered one tone, which, therefore, will become respectively D, A and D higher.
By playing the six open strings, we will now get a chord; specifically a Dsus4, ie an D suspended without his third degree, replaced by the fourth degree G.
This tuning, much used for traditional Irish music, will give a great projection to our song “filling” the sound a lot and making it richer and more interesting.

In this study we will also see two other very interesting techniques: percussion on the guitar body and the harp-style technique.
In the first case we will use the percussion technique in the introduction to give a very interesting rhythmic effect, by striking the table with the right hand, alternating between thumb and ring finger.
In the second case we will use the technique called harp-style: the name recalls the sound of the harp that we will simulate on the guitar trying to prolong the sounds as much as possible using a combination of hammer-on and pull-off and many open strings; we will play a sequence of notes without repeating two sounds consecutively, played with the right hand, on the same string.
See you next lesson for a new appointment dedicated to fingerstyle acoustic guitar.
Good study and have a good acoustic guitar time!!!

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