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Nobody Loves Me But My Mother: Gear and Tone


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For this song you'll get the best results with a steel-string acoustic, but as always it's important to remember that you can play the parts on any guitar whether that be a nylon string or even an electric guitar with a clean tone. I'll be using this Martin-Style "VKV" and I'll be strumming it with my fingers. The right hand finger technique is most likely unfamiliar to most of you and a little tricky at first, but it's a big part of the sound and incredibly useful in countless other contexts than just this song. If you need more practice with this kind of more elaborate right hand work I have a really fun tutorial on acoustic ragtime guitar, which is a great exercise in thumb independence. There are also some of the regional blues styles in the blues course that include some alternative right hand work like this. I have pretty long nails on my right hand, but it'll sound great without nails as well.

I'm using a combination of the built-in Fishman pickup and the overhead mic that I'm also talking through to get the sound that you hear in this video. Other than that the most important thing is to learn the parts and play them well. That's what I mean when I always say that it's ultimately all in the fingers!