Keep Your Hand On The Plow

Happy Traum

Easy Fingerpicking For Starting Players

18 Minutes • Includes TAB
  • Code:DLHAPPL21
  • Skill Level:Near-Beginner (2)

Keep Your Hand On The Plow is a famous old spiritual and civil rights anthem that's great for learning basic fingerpicking. Happy's user-friendly lesson will help beginning pickers keep their steady-thumb, alternating bass technique going while picking out the easily accessible melody notes on the treble strings. Since the song only has two chords (A minor and E7), you can really concentrate on what your right hand is doing so you keep the all-important rhythm going.

The song starts very simply, with the basic tune played straight (on the beat) along with your steady thumb. Then, by adding syncopation, you put some notes off the beat to make it swing. Hammer-ons and other flourishes bring your song into intermediate territory, giving you a terrific piece to play for yourself or for others.


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