Planxton's Farewell Part 2 (Guitar Lesson)


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Steve Eulberg

Planxton's Farewell Part 2

In this lesson, Steve teaches the second half of "Planxton's Farewell." Once you have mastered this lesson, you will be able to play a wonderful piece of fingerstyle music.

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Fingerstyle Guitar seriesLength: 22:00Difficulty: 3.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:48) Intro Music Welcome back to the Phase 2 Fingerstyle Guitar series with Steve Eulberg! In this introduction scene, Steve performs the B section of his original piece "Planxton's Farewell." In the following scenes, Steve breaks down this section in a format similar to the previous lesson. He will explain the the chord shapes and right hand patterns in a logical, step-by-step manner.

Note: If you have any questions about the first "Planxton's Farewell" lesson, feel free to write in to Steve. Leave your question in the "Comments" section of this lesson or on Steve's JamPlay forum. You can also send him a message right here on JamPlay.
Chapter 2: (13:00) Planxton's Farewell Part 2 Measure 9

A. Use That Thumb!


The thumb is frequently used to fret low bass notes throughout the B section of "Planxton's Farewell". This technique is used in the G - D/F# - Em progression that occurs in measures 9,11, 13, and 15. In the context of these measures, D/F# is used as an interim chord between G major and E minor. The D/F# chord features a low F# note fretted by the left hand thumb. The inclusion of this bass note produces a smooth, stepwise pattern in the bass (G - F# - E).

Using the thumb as a fretting finger will definitely take some getting used to at first. Keep in mind that this technique is easiest to play on an electric guitar with a small neck. It is nearly impossible for most guitarists to perform this technique on a classical guitar. If you play a steel string acoustic or electric guitar, you must spend a significant amount of time practicing this technique. It is used quite often in almost all styles of music. Jimi Hendrix played roughly half of all guitar voicings using the thumb to fret a bass note. This enabled him to fret additional melody notes in conjunction with each chord. The thumb technique will definitely appear again in other guitar lessons that you explore on JamPlay.

Alternate Fingering for D/F#

Note:
If you play a classical guitar with a large neck, you will need to use the alternate fingering for D/F# that is discussed below.

In the context of the arrangement, the fourth and fifth strings are not essential when playing the D/F# chord. Consequently, this chord can be played with a barre performed at the second fret. Use the right hand fingers to pluck the strings indicated.

6th String: 1st Finger, 2nd Fret
5th String: Omitted
4th String: Omitted
3rd String: 1st Finger, 2nd Fret
2nd String: 3rd Finger, 3rd Fret
1st String: 1st Finger, 2nd Fret

B. Walk-up

A walk-up occurs at the end of measure 9. This same lick was taught in the first lesson pertaining to "Porch Swingin'." The lick is comprised of double stops played on the fifth and second strings. These double stops are played in major thirds plus an additional octave. Unlike the walk-up lick that occurs in the previous section, this walk-up does not ascend chromatically in half steps. Instead, each double stop remains diatonic to the key of D major. The first double stop implies the IV chord, G. The measure concludes with a double stop that implies the V chord, A major.

Measure 10

In this measure, a D/C# chord is used as an interim chord between the D major and B minor. This creates a smooth stepwise motion (D - C# - B) in the bass.

The C# note must be fretted with the pinkie finger while the remaining fingers maintain the grip of the basic D chord. This requires a difficult stretch with the left hand. If you have problems with this chord, work through some finger stretch exercises. Some great finger stretch exercises can be found in Dennis Hodges' fifth Phase 2 Metal lesson. Make sure that you are sufficiently warmed up before tackling these exercises. If you experience any pain, stop immediately and take a break.

Measures 9-10 are repeated throughout the second half of the piece. Steve breaks down this phrase at a slow tempo at 04:22 in the lesson video. Pause the lesson video and practice this section on your own before moving on.

Measure 11

This measure is identical to measure 9.

Measure 12

Measure 12 is similar to measure 10. However, this time the bass moves in an ascending pattern instead of a descending pattern. An Em9 chord is used as an interim chord between D and D/F#. The inclusion of this chord creates a smooth stepwise bass movement between the D and D/F# chords.
Chapter 3: (02:18) First 3 Sections Steve provides you with an opportunity to practice the first three phrases along with him in this scene. Pause the video and practice these phrases on your own. When you feel ready, return to the lesson video and play along with Steve. At 01:20, he plays these phrases again at a slower tempo.
Chapter 4: (06:26) Finishing Up Measure 15

This measure features a motif that is similar to the first two beats of measure 9. The motif is comprised of the quick G - D/F# - Em chord changes that happens numerous times throughout the section. This motif is repeated twice in measure 15. An F# bass note is played in between each repetition. For consistency's sake, Steve opts to play this note with the thumb. You may find it more comfortable to fret this note with the first finger. Use whichever fingering is most comfortable for you.

Measure 16

An A6 chord is played in measure 16 to establish the final cadence of the piece. Within this chord, the F# note played on the first string functions as a suspension of the fifth, E, in the A major triad that follows. This suspension adds some tension and drama in order to bring the piece to a climatic finish. As expected, the piece ends with a tonic D major chord in the final measure.

Play Along

Pause the lesson video and practice the B section on your own. When you feel ready, return to the lesson video and play this section along with Steve at 01:32. Then, work through the entire piece as a whole at 03:36.

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cowcarecowcare replied on March 31st, 2015

Great song demonstration, Steve. Vocal does need some work though.

joeydenver12joeydenver12 replied on November 10th, 2013

Steve, you have a wonderful teaching style. Love your lessons! Please post another series of finger style lessons.

stevesassmanstevesassman replied on June 19th, 2013

I have arthritis in my thumbs, find it very difficult to play a barre chord, takes more pressure than the thumb can handle, any suggestions?

ajamesajames replied on December 16th, 2012

How come all your new lessons don't show your strumming hand how can i know what to play next?

viktorhtviktorht replied on January 28th, 2009

i've find out that you can use your 1. finger insted of the thom in the d/f sharb

dyzmaticdyzmatic replied on August 9th, 2014

i think that steve prefers you use the thumb on d/f chord to prepare you for chords that require you to use the thumb for bass and the other 4 fingers for notes

gjdbgjdb replied on October 9th, 2008

Steve: wonderfull lesson again, thank you so much! :D On the downside....im running out of fingerstyle lessons :O Please keep recording new ones, cause im hungry for more :P

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