Cotten Picking

by webmaster, Monday, January 02, 2023, 22:58 (264 days ago) @ webmaster
edited by admin, Saturday, March 04, 2023, 21:34

McCartney playing acoustic looks like a male version of legendary Elizabeth Cotten. Maybe such odd fingerstyle (using thumb and index-finger only) comes natural for left-handers playing right-hander guitars topsy-turfy!? To make things even more bizarre, Mrs Cotten didn't even bother to adapt the strings accordingly and played the treble strings with her thumb and the bass strings with her index-finger.

"Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893–1987) was an American folk and blues musician. She was a self-taught left-handed guitarist who played a guitar strung for a right-handed player, but played it upside down. This position meant that she would play the bass lines with her fingers and the melody with her thumb. Her signature alternating bass style has become known as Cotten-Picking or Cotten-Style".

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