Andy McKee & the Rise of Fingerstyle

by alphamonkey on December 22, 2006 · 3 comments

in Music Videos,Uncategorized

While I still very much dig Jake Shimabukuro’s ukulele shredding, I think it’s time we moved on to a new guitar obsession, don’t you?  Percussive fingerstyle picking has been gaining a lot of ground nowadays, and it’s in part due to the efforts of artists like Andy McKee and Erik Mongrain, who have a mastery of the form.  Unless you’re a total guitar nerd, you probably don’t even know what I’m talking about, so why not just watch this clip of Andy McKee performing his song ‘Drifting’ to see what I’m talking about.

I bet he totally rules at Guitar Hero.  That’s the kind of playing that makes me want to smash my fingers with a hammer, frankly.  The sounds that style is capable of getting out of a guitar are just amazing.

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  • elkciN

    Not to nitpick, but I think you mean ‘finger tapping’. ‘Fingerstyle’ is a broad term generally used to describe the technique of playing a guitar without a plectrum (or pick), but other than that, it’s pretty standard fare (one hand for fretting, the other for picking (with your fingers, or course)). ‘Finger tapping’ would be tapping the strings at the frets, without using a pick. I think the percussive part would be correct, as he does use the guitar for percussion. Of course, if ‘percussive fingersyle’ is what they want to call it, I guess they can do whatever they want, and I’m just a jackass.

    I do agree on the hammer smashing part, though. I’m not very good at tapping. I can maybe pull of one or two notes, but those close bunched hammer-ons and pull-offs are way beyond me.

    That being said, this video gets -10 points for not containing any metrosexual asian men. But it gets 10 back for using 6 strings. I still love you Jake. Just not like your shirt says you want me to.

  • .alphamonkey.

    I took some time to find out what the actual established term for this styles is, and ‘percussive fingerstyle’ is what came back the most.  I agree, ‘fingerstyle’ is just a synonym for ‘fingerpicking’, but as you said, they can call it whateverthehell they want.

  • Hambo

    Whatever it is, I want to do it.  Tapping is prolific. If you watch closely, it is “fingerstyle”, but instead of holding the fret with his left hand ..he’s holding the fret with fingers of his right hand but using other fingers on his right hand to strum/pluck the strings all while creating percussive beats and tapping with his left. I would have to split my brain with electrodes to do that.

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