Sunday, November 10, 2013

How To Finger Pick - Fingerpicking Basics

How to Finger Pick - Fingerpick Basics

     Fingerpicking is an elegant style of playing guitar. It utilizes the sound of each string and note you're playing, for an incomparable beautiful lullaby. When first learning how to fingerpick, you must know where to place your fingers. Your thumb will hover over strings 6, 5, and 4. Your index finger will be used to pluck string 3. Your middle finger will be used to pluck string 2, and finally your ring finger will be used to pluck the first string. 

How to Apply Fingerpicking to What You Know Already

     After you've learned those 5 basic chords, you can begin to fingerpick immediately. My favorite rhythm of fingerpicking is plucking the strings 5, 3, 2, 3, 1, 3, 2, 3. This is the pattern you will use for one chord. You can do multiple chords in a row with this pattern for a nice sounding tune. As your chord knowledge grows, you can fingerpick many different sounding patterns. After you learn how the strings sound when you pluck them, you can create your own fingerpicking patterns. There are millions of patterns you can create.

      I would advise watching videos of your favorite fingerpicking songs and practicing. I will be creating YouTube videos very soon, and will cover all the basic in video.

Thanks for viewing and best of luck to you!

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