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from Jamsire Ernoir’s Fingerstyle Funk
“Sweet” is a little tune offering up a beautiful, atmospheric riff along with some interesting right hand arpeggios, resulting in a nice groove. We will use an alternate tuning that adds some harmonic complexity without veering too far from standard tuning by simply dropping the two top strings one whole step to EADGAD.
Start with your first finger on the fifth fret as your anchor, then place your third finger on the fourth string, seventh fret for an octave. Next, place your pinky on the fifth string, seventh fret to round out the chord. By fingering this way, the move to the next chord consists of simply moving your pinky to the C on the low E string, leaving your third finger stationary and your first ready to pounce back on the A.
When moving down to the F#, keep the right hand pattern the same. The move from the F# chord to the D/G can get tricky with the first and second fingers basically trading places, so take your time bringing the piece up to speed. Also, listen for the cool little bit of dissonance over the F# with the juxtaposition of the D ringing out against the C# on top, setting things up perfectly for the following move to D.
Measure 5 features a walking pattern to help wrap things up and requires some attention to pull off properly. The first two chord patterns are the same from the start, then for the B use your second finger for the root and place your pinky back on the fifth string, seventh fret. For the next position, lift your pinky then fret the low Bb with your first finger. Have fun and enjoy the groove with “Sweet.”
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