Earlyguard – Blue Smoke (Tab)
I’ve already mentioned how much I enjoy Earlyguard’s tunes. He has a very distinctive style (added to by his RISA solid) which is relaxing and hypnotic. So, when I heard him complain that he hates tabbing in his explanation of this piece, I felt I had to give it a go.
The tune follows the same simple picking pattern though out: starting on the forth string and picking through each string individually. Earlyguard uses his thumb to pick all the notes which gives it a warm, rounded tone. However, you might find it easier to pick each string with a dedicated finger (4th string = thumb, 3rd string = index finger etc.).
The risk with this piece is that, if you don’t put enough feeling into it, it could sound like a practice piece. To avoid this, you need to play with the speed of the piece and with the dynamics – which Earlyguard does wonderfully. For example, you could play the first two bars of the tune strongly and the second two more quietly – creating an echo effect.
I plan on tabbing more of Earlyguard’s tunes so be sure to check back here.