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Fingerpicking 101

Fingerpicking is used in a lot of styles of music, notably folk and classical, but you will hear fingerpicking from time to time in rock and country as well. Always start slow and make sure every note is audible. You don’t want to hear the note muted or a buzzed. This often happens from not pressing hard enough on the fret with you finger or the finger on the fret stands too low.

Quick Tip !! If you’ve never fingerpicked before, here’s a great way to warm up the fingers for the concept. Keep all the strings open, and be sure not to press any of your fingers down on the frets.
1. Place your thumb on the 6th string.
2. Place your first finger on the 3rd string.
3. Place your second finger on the 2nd string.
4. Place your third finger on the 1 st string.
5. Go ahead and hit each note from the 6th to the 1st string and then back down.

* When looking at music that involves finger picking, you will see symbols that represent the fingers you use. They are represented by spanish words and known internationally. They are as follows…

p pulgar = thumb
i indice = index finger
m medio = middle finger
a anular = ring finger

Basic Fingerpicking Exercise #1

Let’s look at fingerpicking in a C chord position.
1. Start by forming the C major chord 1st with your left hand.
2. Rest your thumb on the bass note of the chord (in this case C)
3. Put your index finger on the third string (which is G)
4. Put your middle finger on the second string (which is B)
5. Place your ring finger on the first string (which is E)
6. Now pick each note in sequence, and you have the makings of your 1st fingerpicking, using a C major chord.

Looking at it from a time signature standpoint…
Take 3/4 and play this, now that you have the fundamentals down of this pattern.

1   &   2   &   3   &

   p  i  m  a  m  i

Quick Tip !! Here’s a good warm up using open strings. If done correctly it will sound like “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. It’s in 6/8

   1  2  3  4  5  6
   p  i  m  a  m  i

January 15, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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