Getting a good tone
A common problem I find is that students may have the right motor skills regarding note order and co-ordination, but have a poor tone due to how they address the string with their picking hand. A good, balanced tone is found by plucking the string at roughly a 45° angle, preferably with a combination of well-polished fingernail (for attack) and flesh (for warmth). Playing near the bridge will give a more brittle, trebly sound, while towards the neck will yield a mellower one. Hovering over the soundhole provides a good balance of frequencies: experiment to taste and always listen to your sound. Readers of Bridget’s excellent Classical column will be well aware of the conventions for naming the picking fingers. Nevertheless, in the interests of completeness, they are as follows: thumb: pulgar (p), first finger; index (i); second finger (m) midular; and third finger, annular (a). This guide will help you to use the correct fingers when reading the tab.