Learn correct fingerstyle hand position, which fingers to use for fingerpicking plus tips and hacks which will get you fingerpicking straight away. I’ll also teach you two short fingerstyle pieces using simple chord shapes which you can use to build fingerstyle technique and fingerpicking mastery!
Fingerpicking is a really cool and useful guitar technique which most great guitar players use sometimes- even if they’re not really known as acoustic guitar or fingerstyle guitarists. It’s a great way to add colour and texture to a song and just has a different sound and attack to playing with a pick or strumming.
1:58 Basic fingerstyle technique involves using the fingers on your right hand (if you play right handed) to pick or pluck the strings on the guitar. Normally the thumb will pick any notes on the low E,A or D string. The 1st or index finger plays the G string, the 2nd or middle finger plays the B string and the 3rd or ring finger plays the high E string.
3:05 It is really important to be consistent in your fingerpicking technique. Use the method above all the time to start with and check you are not deviating from it – at least for now. Being consistent will pay off. You’ll make less mistakes, it will be easier and your fingerpicking will progress much faster than if you are not consistent in your approach.
3:55 Follow these fingerpicking guidelines to avoid slowing down your progress.
4:15 Correct picking hand position for finger picking guitar. Keep your hand close to the strings with your thumb pointing along the length of the string. Each finger should sit right by the string it is going to be picking. Check your hand is not too far away from the strings – this will hold you up!
5:20 Guidelines for finger picking action. Don’t let your fingers snatch at the strings. Just pluck them with a firm but smooth and controlled movement
5:55 Make sure your finger picking is rhythmic, in time and with an even attack across all the strings. This is essential for developing a controlled and musical fingerstyle technique.
8:14 Here’s the first finger picking study demonstrated for you. This is an easy piece to start finger picking with. It uses 3 fingerpicking patterns and a G chord, Cadd9 chord, a D chord and an Em7 chord.
10:15 How to play G, Cadd9, D and Em7 chord shapes used.
12:40 Learning the picking patterns used on the G, C, D and Em7chord shapes and connecting up the sections of the fingerpicking piece.
18:09 Demonstration of the whole finger picking practice piece.
19:34 Awesome practice tip for improving new finger picking patterns and getting them nailed! This practice technique really works.
21:04 More advanced patterns you can use on G, Caddy9, D and Em7 chords. Put these together to play the more advanced fingerpicking example piece.
25:58 Demonstration of the more advanced example piece and tips for better fingerstyle playing and performance.
26:58 Recap on lesson and fingerstyle technique.