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From Buckley's 1868 book. For such a simple tune the major difficulty is keeping the arpeggios smooth and even. I've had varying degrees of success.

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Comment by Tim Twiss on March 23, 2013 at 10:14am

Sounds good Paul. It is difficult to maintain the right pressure to make that figure come out evenly.

Comment by Paul Draper on March 23, 2013 at 10:21am

Thanks Tim.  You're right -- it appears simple, and yet it's not.  It took me more than a few tries.

Comment by Tim Twiss on March 23, 2013 at 10:27am

I would think of this as a Converse Combination....you plant the Strike, and the contact of the thumb on the 5th strings provides that stability.

Comment by Paul Draper on March 23, 2013 at 10:42am

Right.  And the fingernail has to strike the strings at the same angle every time or else you go gliding off too fast, or get hung up on a string...  And at first I also had a little trouble getting a good strike on the bass string.  

Comment by Tim Twiss on March 23, 2013 at 10:50am

I am tending to do ascendng arpegios like that guitar style. It's a snap that way. 1868 has a lot of that stuff.

Comment by Tim Twiss on March 23, 2013 at 10:51am

Simple stinkin' little riff can really really hang you up sometimes...aghh

Comment by Paul Draper on March 23, 2013 at 11:06am

Guitar style is something I need to develop.

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