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Okay, before we get into the picking, let’s have
a look at the chords. It’s C, F and G, but it’s
a particular C, F and G. The C is played like a
normal C chord with two additions: one is you’re
putting your pinkie on the top string, the high
E string at the 3rd fret; and the other is that
you’re getting two strings at once, the 5th and
the 6th strings, you’re fretting both of them at
the 3rd fret with your ring finger. That’s the C
chord. And the F chord, your thumb comes up around
the neck to get the 1st fret of the 6th string. And
aside from that, it’s a normal F chord. You also
have a regular, garden variety type G chord and G-7th.
So those are the chords.
Then, for the song… This is the basic lick and
what you’re doing is you’re using C, you’re using
F, and for a brief time you’re on no chord, because
you’re just getting a note that’s nowhere near the
chord, which is on the 4th fret. So you’re going,
in the C chord, it’s the 6th string, the 1st string
and the 4th string. So the bass is this. Then you
come off the chord and your pinkie or your ring finger,
if it’s more comfortable for you, goes and gets,
just briefly, the 4th fret of the 2nd string. And
then you’re back into the chord. Then for one beat
you go briefly to an F chord and back to a C. And
do it again. So it’s…
Now, there’s a brief bass run. On your right hand
you can just use your thumb for this, and then the
bass goes. And in a “Blind” Blake manner you’re
getting the note between the beats followed by the
next beat. So it’s… But you also have a treble
note on top of the 2nd of those two bass notes in
that “Blind” Blake style thumb roll.