Truefire Brooks Robertson Take 5 Boom Chick Fingerstyle

Truefire Brooks Robertson Take 5 Boom Chick Fingerstyle

Boom-Chick is a versatile technique used and refined by many great Fingerstyle guitar icons such as Mose Rager, Ike Everly, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Odell Martin, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel, Thom Bresh, Richard Smith, Doyle Dykes, and many more. The technique can be applied to Folk, Country, Blues, Jazz, and Americana tunes. At the core of the technique is an alternating thumb pattern often played with muted bass strings and sustaining treble strings. Upon having a grasp of the fundamental techniques commonly used in this style you can perform bass, chord, and melody simultaneously on one single instrument.

In this edition of Take 5: Boom Chick, Brooks Robertson begins by demonstrating and teaching the essential steps for getting started in this iconic style of playing. The course opens with a 30-minute primer video introducing proper picking hand placement and discusses the common use of fingernails and a thumbpick.

Next, you'll be introduced to 3 basic alternating bass patterns which will set you up to then slowly work through essential picking patterns using thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. Taking the time to work on a few beginning patterns will help you develop proper technique in addition to thumb and finger independence. Brooks also covers the common ways to mute the strings using both the left and right hands, an essential tool used with Fingerstyle guitar.

Following the primer video, Brooks will slowly guide you through a series of five short tunes that each introduces a new technique and gradually increases in difficulty.

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