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Hey, how’s it going this is Darrin Goodman with Guitar Control, I want to show you how to play a guitar arrangement for the song “Into the West” by Annie Lennox. This is off the soundtrack from the Lord of the Rings; anyway it’s a really easy finger pinking arrangement for a great beginner finger picking songs.
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We’re just going to take this in into a couple of sections, for this first part of the chords we’ve got our C on the 3rd fret of the 5th string with my third finger 2nd fret of the 4th string with my second finger, 3rd string is open 1st fret of the 2nd string with my first finger in the 1st string is open that’s C and then we have G 3rd fret of the 6th string with my second finger 2nd fret of the 5th string with my first finger strings 4 and 3 are open and 3rd fret of the 2nd string with my third finger and 3rd fret of the 1st string with my fourth finger and then D minor 4th string is open 2nd fret of the 3rd string with my second finger 3rd fret of the 2nd string with my third finger and 1st fret of the 1st string with my first finger and then A minor 5th string is open 2nd fret of the 4th string with my second finger 2nd fret of the 3rd string with my third finger 1st fret of the 2nd string with my first finger and 1st string is open.
The finger picking pattern we’re going to be using here is P- I- M- I- A- I- M- I, so on C my thumb is playing the 5th string my first finger is playing the 4th string second finger is playing the third finger is playing the 2nd, so it’s like thumb 1st, 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 1st, and we do this sequence once for each chord in this progression. So the first one is C and then 2 G, so when we switch to G we move our thumb from playing the 5th string bass note to the 6th string but our other fingers stay in the same place so it’s the same pattern, now it’s a D minor so when we transition from G to D minor your third finger is already on the correct note so it’s an easy change you just move your five and six your second finger being on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string and your first finger on the 1st fret of the 1st string.
Now on your right hand we’re going to move up your thumb is playing the 4th string your first finger is playing the 3rd string your second finger is playing the 2nd string and your third finger is playing the 1st string same picking pattern now we switch to an A minor and we just move our right hand your picking hand so instead of being on strings four 3, 2 and 1, we move it down, so now we’re on 5, 4, 3, and 2, and then the whole thing simply starts over again so you know I don’t know if you’d want to call this the verse this song doesn’t necessarily have like you know verse chorus kind of a thing so we got this first part on C G D minor A minor start over again it does this four times
From there we go into this next part we start off with A minor to C to F, for F we’re going to barre your first finger across the 1st fret of the 1st and 2nd string your second finger will go to the 2nd fret of the 3rd string and your third finger to the 3rd fret of the 4th string and now we’re playing strings 4, 3, 2, and 1, whose same picking pattern, G, now this time when we switch to G we can keep our first three fingers on the 1st three strings and then just switch the base note to the 6th string to A minor back to C again F again G back to A minor, C, F, G, on this part here this is like the closest thing to a chorus I guess you could think is in the song we’re on C and we just do the same thing that we did before when we played C but we play it twice to F, twice back to C, twice G Twice back to C again F, C, G.
On this next section here I guess you could kind of call it like a bridge A minor to E minor, so E minor 6th string is open 2nd fret of the 5th string with your second finger 2nd fret of the 4th string with your third finger and the rest of the strings are open. So when we’re doing transferring transitioning from A minor to E minor we’re playing our thumbs playing five first fingers playing fourth second fingers playing three in third fingers point to E minor, we keep our fingers where they are and just move our thumb to the 6th string D minor G. Again on this one when we’re doing the D minor we’re on strings 4, 3, 2, and 1, so I switch to G we need to simply move our thumb and play the six and then keep our fingers on the 1st three strings or you can move them up to play strings 4, 3, and 2, either way is fine so that part A minor, G, E minor, D minor, G, A minor, C, F, G and then the whole song just starts over it goes back to the beginning part which like if you want to call that like the verse A minor just like that.
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