I decided to break out of my Old Time silo and got ahold of Ken Sokolow's book on blues for the 5-string. Lots of cool stuff, but the author never actually discusses the picking/strumming pattern that's used. Looking at the tab, it's clearly not 3-finger/Scruggs style, clawhammer/down-picking, or 2F-TL / 2F-IL. Any hints on what it isa and how to do it?
Also, the 7th chords he uses often require stretches that don't seem possible for those of us who don't have spider fingers. What's the best way to achieve, say, a barred 7th fret with the pinky on the bass string 10th fret? I can't figure out how to do it without muting a bunch of other strings.
I think you mean Fred Sokolow ( sokolowmus ). He's a member here, so you could ask him.
Maybe he'll respond to being paged.
Move your thumb on the back of the neck around toward the 1st string as far as you can, angle your wrist upward and reach your little finger out to fret the 4th string. If that does'nt work you will just have to use a capo, which will bring you down where the frets are closer together. Once you start moving away from 1950's Scruggs Songs you run into these type of movements.
Sometimes it helps to have some visual cues. here is a video of Fred Sokolow playing the blues - youtube.com/watch?v=iRMFsob62hM
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Barre the 7th fret with index, stretch the pinky to the 10th. That's only a 3 fret chord, and it's up the neck so the frets are short. It's probably not any longer than the pinky stretch for the C7 chord from 1st position. I would just keep practicing and stretching your fingers. Also you probably don't need to include the 4th string in that chord, unless there's a specific note you're picking on it which is unlikely.
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