Watch the Sonora Spring: Intro & Chorus online guitar lesson by John Jorgenson from Gypsy Jazz Journeys: Sonora Spring
Now that we've learned the chords to the intro and chorus, now let's learn the melody. We'll start with the first lick, and as you remember the first chord is E minor, so our first melody phrase is built off an E minor chord, then leading into a D phrase. You'll notice that it's all on the same string to make the picking a little easier, but also to make the tone consistent and so that you'll be able to slide.
With the right hand picking, I'm going to be starting with an upstroke. That way, when the song is on a downbeat, I'm also on a downstroke, and that makes the downstroke a little bit stronger.
So, there it is, our first phrase, E minor to D. Let's move on to Phase 2.