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Watch the Creole Belle online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Fingerstyle Milestones

Okay, let's do Creole Belle. I've now got my capo on the fourth fret, and I'm set up to play this in C position, but technically it's an E. The moment I put a capo on and start playing, I'm thinking in C, because I'm using that position, even though I know it's in E. Now, let's go through the song nice and slowly, and I want to point out some things to you that we've been using in exercises to prepare you for playing this song. Now, I've got my thumb over the top, which may be difficult for you, so some of you might want to use your pointer finger. But I'm encouraging you to get your thumb used to coming over, which will be useful to you in hundreds of songs. Everyone who plays fingerstyle, they all get used to bringing their thumb over, and they realize what a great tool that is. So here we go, from the first phrase again. Now you'll see that I get my pinkey out to the side, just like in the exercise before, and I also use a little slide with my little finger. And I'm using a little slide there on the end of the phrase, which you don't actually have to do, but it sounds so nice. So I'll play the whole thing slowly now.When Doc did it, he sang it, and then he would take a solo. Okay, so once you get used to bringing your thumb over, you can move down two frets. Now we're in the key of D, but we're still thinking in C. And the reason I'm saying move down is that now the frets are slightly wider apart, and it will be more challenging to get the thumb over before making the giant leap down, and playing F, which is not easy. Eventually you should be trying to play in the key of C. But let's just start down here, with the capo on properly. Now, a little bluegrass player trick here is to put the capo on, and then they push down on the strings down near the sound hole to release any tension pulled into the string by the capo. And then you're off.

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