Tag: fingerstyle

  • The History of Fingerstyle Guitar

    Because notes are struck by individual digits rather than the hand working as a single unit, fingerstyle playing allows the guitarist to perform several musical elements simultaneously. One definition of the technique has been put forward by the Toronto (Canada) Fingerstyle Guitar Association: Physically, Fingerstyle refers to using each of the right hand fingers independently…

  • What is fingerstyle?

    Ok. First things first. If you have a pick anywhere NEAR your computer, hide it!

  • “Mr. Conductor” by Big Bill Broonzy

    Difficulty: Intermediate “Mr. Conductor”  is classic fingerstyle acoustic blues. Big Bill Broonzy uses a lot of open strings to provide a bass line to accompany his bouncy rhythm parts. It should be a fun challenge for all you aspiring blues guitarists.

  • Imagine by Chet Atkins

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    Chet Atkins was an absolute master of fingerstyle guitar. To play his rendition of “Imagine” by John Lennon pick the notes on the low E string and A string with your thumb, pick the notes on the D string with your 1st finger, pluck the notes in the G string with your 2nd finger, pluck…

  • Fingerstyle Guitar: Developing Your Picking Hand

    Relaxed Control : A loose wrist serves better than a stiff forearm approach when using your picking hand for most acoustic songs. Most accomplished players use the relaxed wrist approach. There is really no right way or wrong way. You will need to play how YOU feel comfortable, but for a smooth flow of notes,…

  • Fingerstyle Guitar Picking

    Classical left-hand technique in fingerstyle covers a wide spectrum of factors, ranging from the most basic hand position to the finer points of execution and finger movement. In this lesson, we will work on a few of the concepts that will help you use your left hand much easier. The goal is to develop a…