1 Otter 1 month ago Lately I've been working on fingerstyle arrangements of classic popular songs, which has greatly improved my ability and understanding of finger dexterity, reading music, and the importance of arrangement. It is the third item with which I seek your advice today. The arrangements I'm generating are pretty basic: I alternate root and fifth (and sometimes thirds) of the chords with my thumb, and work out the basic melody in top. No frills, no panache. This of course has been very rewarding for a beginner fingerstylist, but often I feel like a player piano, mechanically making my way through the song.I've gained a new appreciation for masters like Chet Atkins, John Fahey, or my new favorite Marissa Anderson (1, 2, 3), who not only play the song, but make it their own with embellishment, improvisation, and aplomb. Needless to say, I would like to become more like them. I submit for your consideration a couple of quick videos I've recorded of my arrangements:Daydream Believer Crazy I know there are a number of great finger pickers on this site, so I'm asking them for ideas, guidance, or feedback. How do I improve upon my piano-roll-like arrangements and start to make the songs my own? I'm not necessarily looking for performance or technique critique; as seen in the videos I need to work on playing in time, accentuating the melody, not bending notes out of tune, et al. Those things will come with practice. I'm more interested in ways of incorporating improvisation, dissonance, chord substitutions, and generally taking my arrangements to the next level. You can see that those videos are rather short, because I can only play the songs one way and just repeat. In order to make a one minute song into a four minute song, I feel like I need to mix it up a little more throughout, rather than just repeat the same thing.