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Example Four
In this example we are playing the third and second strings while the fretting hand is playing the phantom effect on the fourth string.
The count is 1 2& 3 4&, 1 2& 3 4& but it sounds like 1& 2& 3& 4&, 1& 2& 3& 4&.
Example Five
In this example we are playing the first string with the picking hand. The phantom effect is played on the third string at the second fret. We are changing it here by playing a phantom hammer-on and then at the same time we are playing the strum-thumb we sliding from the second string to the fourth fret. The slide and the strum are happening at the same time.
The count is 1& 2& 3 4&, 1& 2& 3 4&.
Arranging Tunes
Let's put what we have learned so far to practical use and come up with our own arrangement for a song.
You'll hear the song "Old Joe Clark" played just about everywhere. It's usually thought of as a fiddle tune but it has a set of lyrics to sing and a really easy chord progression.
The first step to working out a tune is figuring out the rhythm and the chord progression. For this example we are going to play "Old Joe Clark" in th e key of G in 4/4 time.
I will tab out the chord progression with a basic frailing strum for you, but the next song we work on you are going to have to do this all by yourself.






E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III