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Old 02-21-2019, 08:27 AM
agfsteve agfsteve is offline
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Originally Posted by MC5C View Post
Never having played or particularly listened to this song, I grabbed a guitar and found the fretting the Gm6 with second for low G, third and pinky was extremely natural and easy. Made a very smooth transition to the Bm because the first finger was free and ready to reach for the barre. If you play the low G with your thumb, what fingers do you use for the other two strings? I just tried it, and found the transition of the thumb from over the neck to behind the neck to support the Bm barre chord extremely awkward, but I am playing on a 1 3/4" neck. Mind you I learned classical guitar first, and never play thumb over the top, except to damp the E string sometimes, so a bad example.
I use middle and ring to play the other two strings, which leaves my pinky to bring in the G on the high E string, which I think sounds good on the second Gm6, also fretting the E on the D string with my index finger (otherwise I've turned it into a Gm, although that still sounds good to me).

That makes it easier for me to pick out the melody for "Now today I find, You have Changed your mind", which I play on the first two strings as D-C#-B-D-E-F#-E-D-F#-G, although I'm not sure that is exact, due to the harmony involved, but it sounds good to me.

I play that over an alternating bass of B-F# for both Bm, and G-G (Root-octave) for the first Gm6, and G-E (E on the D string) for the second Gm6, which I like for variation.

It's interesting, though, because when I started playing this piece (which I did just to partake in this AGF thread, out of curiosity), I simply flipped open the book and grabbed my strat, having left my acoustic in another room, and immediately slid my thumb over when it came to the low G. Then later, when I played it on my acoustic, I kept playing it like that. I wonder, if my acoustic had been close by when I first played the song, if I might have been more inclined to use my middle finger on the low G--after all, that is how I would play a regular open G.
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