“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Performance Notes

May26

In this lesson, I am going to show you how I go about playing this piece, the Guitar Noise fingerstyle / melody arrangement of George Harrison’sWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps.” First of all, I will explain the fingering I am using, and why I am using it. Choosing the right fingering for what we play is an essential step toward mastering the music.

Beyond the fingering, much of what I will explain to you would not otherwise be obvious, or even visible to you. This is because much of what developed players are doing when they play, all those things that “make it look easy”, are, in fact, invisible. You would never know what I or some other player is really doing just by watching. Much of the time, the player doesn’t really know themselves!

Well, you’re going to know now!

At Guitar Principles, we are dedicated to your excellence as a guitar player, and my system of learning and playing guitar is for those of you who are likewise dedicated to your excellence. You are going to see, in this lesson, the application of many aspects of my methods, and it will help you greatly to play this piece and everything else you play.

For those players who would like to go deeper, from the application of these methods of guitar mastery, to the actual foundation of them, you are always welcome to visit Guitar Principles, where you will find the knowledge and training that will enable you to master all the wonderful music, like this arrangement by David Hodge, that you find on www.guitarnoise.com!

You can find the tablature here: Download Tab

Don’t miss the next two parts of this lesson: Part 2 – Performance Notes for the Verses and Part 3 – Performance Notes for the Bridge.

About Jamie Andreas

Jamie's provocative writings examine all aspects of becoming a true musician: the technical/physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Guitar virtuoso, recording artist, composer, and teacher of 30 years, Jamie is recognized by music experts around the globe for her major contribution to the advancement of guitar education. For more, visit Guitar Principles.

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