Watch the Street Pulse online guitar lesson by Peppino D'Agostino from Acoustic Poetica
"Street Pulse" is on standard tuning and the first thing that you have to do is to learn the melody played on the 6th, 5th and 4th strings exclusively with your left hand using pull-off and hammer-on techniques. Pay attention to the rhythm and syncopation of these notes and make sure that you can play them with precision and flair. Only after you completely memorize the melody on the bass you'll be ready to "insert" the first percussive sound. This first percussive sound is created by your right hand index finger playing a series of notes on the open first and second string by alternating a down stroke with the right index nail, followed by an up stroke with the flesh. This complex rhythm is performed while damping the first two strings close to the bridge with the side of your right hand. Please also note that the right hand index finger is positioned diagonally in relation to the strings. On measure 7 the percussive sound starts on a downbeat and it may be difficult to coordinate with the melody. At the very end of measure 8 you have to play the low E twice with l.h. index finger, first with a pull-off then by striking again the 6th string open with an upward movement. The C major and B major power chords played on measure 12 and 13 needs to be tapped by the index, ring and pinky l.h. fingers touching the fretboard at the same time.