Drifting Clouds (Masaaki Kishibe) | Hub Guitar

Drifting Clouds (Masaaki Kishibe)

An excellent first fingerstyle tune, Drifting Clouds can be played comfortably once you are familiar with just two chord shapes. A determined beginner can often learn this tune within 2-4 weeks.




  • Practice the chord shapes, 224000 and 444000 repeatedly until you can form them quickly and effectively.
  • Learn how to tune your guitar to the tuning (CGDGad).
  • Practice the tune slowly.
  • Learn one section at a time, and then proceed to the next.


CGDGad; Capo IX

Melody/Lead Sheet

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About the Artist

Masaaki Kishibe of Osaka, Japan is one of the finest and most widely-regarded fingerstyle guitar players in Asia. He tours with a wide variety of artists. A younger Andy McKee toured with him before. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Masaaki Kishibe's music is notable in that it is not excessively complex, allowing listeners of all types to enjoy. It is perhaps because of this that many of Masaaki Kishibe's tunes end up being possible for even beginners to play.


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