Learn a Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
I have arranged â€śGo Tell It on the Mountainâ€ť here as an alternating-thumb piece with a bit of a bluesy feel. Those of you with lots of experience in Travis picking may find this arrangement quite accessible, and beginning alternating-thumb players should find this to be a good piece to get started on for playing a melody while you keep your thumb on autopilot (an essential skill for fingerpickers).
As you tackle the arrangement, I recommend slightly muting the bass strings with your picking-hand palm to enhance the percussive groove of the piece. This is an important skill to haveâ€”place the heel of your picking hand gently on the bass strings and see if you can create that muting while you pick the bass strings. Youâ€™ll know youâ€™ve got it right if you can keep that muted bass thumping while still allowing the treble notes to ring out, and itâ€™s worth playing around with the angle and position of your picking hand until you can lock in that sound.
Excerpted from Gospel Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar