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Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
Milky Way
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Hi, I was wondering if any of you play Heather's songs with an intrument. As a beginner guitar player I like to play her songs, but I am a bit struggling. The TAB-section on this website is great and I can strum most of the chords. It's just that I find it difficult to find the right strumming pattern. I hope someone can help me with that, for example for "Thruth & Bone".

Posted on: 2012/5/27 21:31
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
HNN Forums Admin
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Hi,
If you find some difficulties to strum your guitar at the right rythm, I would suggest that you play the CD, and play along the music.

Or maybe it's just that you aren't confortable with playong the chords yet. In this case, it's improve with the time.

Feel free to ask more questions.

Posted on: 2012/6/2 23:53
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
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If you feel uncomfortable to try the chords and the rythm of the chords are the same time, block the strings softly with the left hand (to stop the sound, and just focus on strumming the good rythm). Along with heather's versions if needed).

Posted on: 2012/6/5 17:15
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
Milky Way
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Thanks. She seems to play a pretty high rythm. At least higher than other songs from other artists that I am practising.
Also a lot of fingerpicking what I am not familiar with anyway. I keep trying.

Posted on: 2012/6/7 19:48
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
Glow Stars
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Hi Martin,

when I started, I too, found truth and bone a bit tricky, especially to sing along to. (Do you?)
I always like to start with a live version from the "just Heather and Arnulf"-Recordings (2009 & 2010 Tour). It's a good example of what is achievable with very little instrumentation, and I need to have a song in my ear, before I can play it.

I use the following pattern for this song:
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
v - - ^ - ^ v -

v beeing: strum down
^ beeing: strum up
- beeing: move without strumming

I also strum all through the song first, and change to fingerpicking once I'm able to bring together the strumming with the singing.

Enjoy!

Posted on: 2012/6/24 23:42
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
Milky Way
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Thanks! I also found a cover on youtube that helps me. Although I am still a bit struggling when to switch chords.

I do sing a little bit, to learn the song and because a song is not complete without a voice.
Besides Heather's songs, I am learning songs from other artist, because they are explained step by step on youtube.

Posted on: 2012/6/27 20:08
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
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There are mistakes with the chords used.
And matters with the rythm.

You'rather use a Heather version.

Posted on: 2012/7/1 23:09
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
Milky Way
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Hi there, I was reading your post and responces and I wanted to offer a thought. While you are playing a nice soft song like Truth and Bone often the space between notes are just as important as the notes themselves.

Meaning a nice pause in the strumming directly after "stripping down" (let chord ring) "to truth and bone" and then continue to strum. The silence adds to the feel and emotion a great deal. I enjoy playing Heathers music as well. She is really a special song writer. As far as finger picking, I wouldnt worry about that until you "feel" you are capable.

Anyway, I wanted to offer my two cents. Happy playing friend!

Posted on: 2012/8/22 15:25
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
Milky Way
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Thank you for your advise!

Posted on: 2012/8/22 20:02
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
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This is an old Thread, but anyone could help me on the strumming pattern of "I wanna be your light"

I can play the chords, but I don't find the right rythm...

Thanks

Vinc

Posted on: 2014/3/14 19:18
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
Milky Way
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Check this video at 19 minutes.
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/33648679
Unfortunate the image is mirrored, but I think it can help watching this performance.

Posted on: 2014/4/6 10:17
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
Glow Stars
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Hello,

Thanks for your reply, but it is not really helping...
+ the tab we have on the forum doesn't look anything like she does...

I'll keep searching.

If anybody can help, it would be highly appreciated!

Vinc

Posted on: 2014/4/6 20:22
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Re: Playing Heather's songs with Guitar
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The tab is correct.

But Heather uses a capo.

Posted on: 2014/4/9 17:06
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