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Play DADGAD - Simon Fox

3(b) Harp Style Variations

The next exercise extends the previous patterns by introducing bass notes played up and down the D major scale. These are picked with the thumb of the right hand and so should not interfere with the scale melody lines. Some left hand rearrangement is needed at times with the changing bass-note, so take a look at the fingering guides in the tab. The goal here is to ensure that the bass note sounds for the entire measure. This requires some stretching in the left hand. Try to avoid just brushing the notes with the thumb.

Exercise 3.4. D major cascading scale with ascending bass
Tuning DADGAD

The next example shows how a melody can be constructed using harp style playing in combination with a bass note progression and chord voicings underneath. Again, some left hand organization and stretching is needed. A capo can be used to make the stretches more manageable, gradually shifting its position down the neck as flexibility improves.

Exercise 3.5. A Sample Harp-Style Tune - Tuning DADGAD

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