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    I would like to learn how to combine chords with melody using a Lenny Breau's style and am confused about the best right hand fingering. To fix ideas, let' say we want to play this (from Matt's lesson):

    Fingering for playing Lenny Breau Style-lenny_breau_chord_exercise_6-jpeg

    The comping here occurs by playing the 3rd and 7th of each chord while the melody is given by highest note. Assume we play with fingers (ie no pick). Which right-hand fingering would you use?

    option 1: p-i for chords and m/r for melody. PRO: easy for me. CON: volume on p is different from i and need adjusting with touch.
    option 2: i-m for chords and r for melody. CON: harder, I need to "string-skip" on bar one and three. PRO: tone is very consistent. leaves thumb for adding an additional line.

    What would be your choice?

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    Option 1. You should be able to control the volume between thumb and fingers. If not, then that needs practice.

    At least that’s how I’d do it in the example as written.

    But it might be beneficial to practise it both ways, to develop as much finger independence as possible.

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    Looking at the score and playing air guitar with my right hand the natural thing for me would be thumb playing the notes on the 4th string, index finger playing the notes on the third, middle second and ring finger playing the notes on the high E string.

    Want grahambop said, too. Learn to use free and rest strokes. Every fingerstyle guitar player, in my opinion, would do well to study with a good classical teacher.

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    Ditto to Graham's and Michael's answer. Also, second Graham's post regarding the thumb.

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    For the given example, it is difficult to know how Breau fingered him. Breau used pinky, but here it is not essential. For me, with 5 fingers right hand, there are several solutions. For example for the first dm9 chord, pi m, pm a, or im c, and even ma c. In this kind of shape, it depends on where you come from, and what fingers are available. In the case of 5-notes chords with non-adjacent strings, it is clear that 5 fingers is an advantage. For these 5 or 6 notes chords, Ted Greene played two strings with a single finger of his right hand. Some also use the up stroke with nails, on several strings (type rasgueado, Breau knew flamenco...). Without fingernails, it makes a different sound

    so in this example, if you imagine notes on the bass strings, I will choose ma c, which leaves two fingers p & i in the bottom, and with 4 fingers im a, which releases the thumb; with hybrid technique: pick ma c

    Breau had a A string above the E, it made him certain things easier

    TECHNIQUES et MUSIQUES, IMPROVISATION pour GUITARE. 5 doigts main droite (Lots of exercise for the independence of the 5 fingers of the right hand, chords, arpeggios, single lines)
    Last edited by Patlotch; 01-26-2020 at 08:06 AM.

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    Lenny used a thumb pick to control the volume and tone difference between thumb and (long) fingernails. So does Lorne Lofsky.