How To Percussive Fingerstyle Over a 6/8 Chord Progression

How To Percussive Fingerstyle
Over a 6/8 Chord Progression

Today's lesson is all about playing percussive fingerstyle progressions in 6/8, but what does that mean?

A lot of very popular songs are written using this time signature, most notably nothing else matter and House of the rising sun.

After todays lesson you will:
-Have a better understanding on the 2 most commonly used time signatures.
-Know how to add percussive elements in these context.
-Know how to make boring chord progressions sound great!

This will allow you to express yourself more freely, and open up a whole new world of possibilities for you.

Let's get started!

Time Signatures - 4/4 vs 6/8

So we previously learned that its best to use the percussive sound on beats 2 and 4.

But that was in a 4/4 time signature where we count things as: 1 2 3 4 (Repeat)
A Major Scale on the Guitar
Check out min @0:22 For a quick demonstration.

But now that we're in 6/8 we have two ways of seeing things.

We either count as: 
-123 456 (Repeat)
-1     2      (Repeat)
A Major Scale on the Guitar

In this context the percussive sound will fall on:
- 4 if we count things as 123 456
- 2 if we count things as 1     2

Check out min @0:44 for a quick demonstration.

Take a couple of minutes to really get comfortable with this because next we're going to add the percussive sound to a chord progression in 6/8.

You can choose to strum or pluck the chords, it's up to you!

Check out min @1:35 for different ways you can practice this.

Chord Progression In 6/8

Here are the chords we're using for today's lesson: (You can use Em or Em7)
A Major Scale on the Guitar

This is also know as a I-vi-IV-V in the key of G.

If you have no idea what this means don't worry, as long as you can play the chords you're good to go.

Disclaimer: When adding the percussive sound, make sure you're doing a circular motion. Check min @2:51 for a demonstration.
A Major Scale on the Guitar

As long as you follow the progression, you're hitting the right timing, you can use different pairs of strings, experiment and have fun with this!

Check out min @4:33 for the demonstration.
Final Words:
We have thousands of songs just like that, they use the same chord progression and the same time signature.

This was a fun way of integrating the things you already know to help you elevate your guitar playing.

Make sure you apply the same concepts to other progressions you know in 6/8.

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