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Picking Pattern - Billy Joel's Summer Highland Falls


 Taso
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Hi GN,

I'm trying to learn this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo1dkijn0mU

It being a piano song, and pretty fast, I'm having a hard time figuring out a good picking pattern for it.

Here are the alleged chords:

http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/billy_joel/summer_highland_falls_crd.htm

Any help would be appreciated :)

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(@davidhodge)
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Just giving this a quick listen (the chords are mostly right) my suggestion would be playing fingerstyle. You can come up with a pretty close approximation (in feel since you certainly wouldn't be able to do it note by note) by using a sixteenth note picking pattern - kind of a cross between "Dust in the Wind" and "Here Comes the Sun" if you can imagine that. Using a capo on the third fret means you can play in the key of D and take advantage of the typical "playing in D" guitar riffs to recreate the flavor of the piano part.

It's possible with a little more study, which I unfortunately don't have the time for at present, that you could also come up with a drop D based alternate tuning to create an even closer simulation to the cascading notes with a lot of open strings. I'm going to have to bookmark this one - it would be a lot of fun to do.

Hope this helps. And good to see you again, sir!

Peace


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 Taso
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thanks david, it does help. i was hoping to get a closer replication of his actual notes on the piano, but i guess that's probably going to be too hard.

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I like David's fingerpicking idea. Basically follow the treble clef (his right hand) and add in a bass note with your thumb at the start of each measure. In some cases he's playiing lower than a standard tuned guitar can go, but you might either tune down, or substitute another low note that fits the chord.

Having a copy of the sheet music would probably be a help in your project.

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 Taso
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sheet music definitely helps.

thanks to both of you!

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