Using “fingerstyle-guitar” techniques while playing Ralph Towner’s “Icarus” on piano

A pianistic style I find very relaxing to play is what I call “fingerstyle guitar.” Basically, we pianists can imitate the way an acoustic guitarist will sometimes play folk-like textures with their fingers on individual strings, instead of strumming full chords. It’s a wonderful sound and translates very well to the keyboard.

Watch how I use this intriguing technique on guitarist Ralph Towner’s composition “Icarus,” and then give it a try yourself. It works well on many rock, pop, country, and folk tunes, and you can also apply it to jazz standards as I show in the video.

Icarus: Journey Through The Real Book #173

Have fun, and “let the music flow!”

Learn the 5 Essential Left Hand Techniques with my free ebook: Left Hand Techniques for Jazz Piano
You’ll also get my weekly jazz newsletter with practice tips and inspiration

Leave a Comment

Sign up for Blog Updates