EXAMPLE4 work­ing the thumb

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Guitar Techniques - - FINGERPICKING -

Here’s an ex­er­cise for the thumb us­ing the rest stroke tech­nique. Start by plant­ing the first, sec­ond and third fin­gers (i m and a) on the third, sec­ond and first strings re­spec­tively. The thumb should stay straight and move from the big base joint push­ing down onto the string to pluck, and then land­ing on the next ad­ja­cent string. As soon as it lands it should quickly bounce back off the string and in an up­ward curve, po­si­tion­ing it­self for the next pluck. When play­ing the fourth string the thumb pushes briefly onto the first fin­ger that is rest­ing on the third string.

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