Clocking in at a little over 2 minutes, "Bron-Yr-Aur" is fingerpicked throughout a will provide a nice challenge to just about every guitarist. Before you attempt this Bron-Yr-Aur guitar lesson you will need to get your guitar into the proper tuning. Guitarist Jimmy Page employs a C6 open tuning to help create the beautiful guitar parts found throughout. After that, you will be ready to go! If you look closely at the different sections of "Bron-Yr-Aur", you will find that it consists of mostly just repeated sections.
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The other 3 strings remain the same as standard tuning. The style of guitar here is folk. Make sure to go through the Core Skills on Fingerpicking before attempting this song.
Despite the easy intro, there are some very tricky bits to watch out for, and the pace is fast. But some of the chord changes can be very awkward. In fact the first main chord change is probably the worst. The fingerpicking follows a fast T pattern, but not strictly. There are occasional breaks from this. The good news is that much of the tune uses open strings such as the intro , which makes the fingering much easier and lets you concentrate more on the fingerpicking side of things right from the beginning.
Once you have a feel for the fast T pattern, a lot of the rest of the tune will come easier. However, right after the intro is perhaps the hardest bit to play in the whole song. This one little part really takes some skill because you need to pull off and as the pull off releases the open E note - pick the bass note with your thumb at precisely the same time.
In other words the bass note of the next chord should sound at the same moment as the note you just pulled off to or just fractionally after it. This is some typical Jimmy Page mastery, and will be a real challenge.
Once you can do that part, the rest of the song will be well within your grasp. What most people do when they play this song is just skip that dastardly bass note altogether. The pull off is much more important as it is a defining part of the melody line. Nobody will notice if you skip the bass note, as they will be following the melody line. And bear in mind how fast the tune is played - a skipped bass note really is not a massive affair.
At normal speed it is a fraction of a second. If you want to play the song the easy way - do the pull offs, skip the awkward bass note. When you get more natural with the fingerpicking pattern, it will become much easier to start working on putting the tricky bass note in on time. If this is your first time visiting you should be seeing a blue animated fretboard. If you are using a device running on Google Android you will be able to use Flash. Click on the Adobe Flash button below to download it.
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