Bet­ter fin­ger­pick­ing

Put down your pick and give your chord play­ing a new lease of life with TG’s fin­ger­style work­out

Total Guitar - - HOW TO -

Fin­ger­style is a fan­tas­ti­cally use­ful tech­nique, which you can use in all man­ner of styles, from acous­tic folk and coun­try to Jeff Beck and Mark Knopfler-style ex­pres­sive lead gui­tar. We’re look­ing at the for­mer approach here, with pick­ing pat­terns that you can adapt to fit other chord shapes.

The first ex­am­ple this month is a sim­ple arpeg­gio us­ing the thumb to pick the fourth string and three fin­gers play­ing the top three strings. This is a good place to start as it will give you a feel for which fin­gers are al­ready strong and which ones are weak. With rep­e­ti­tion over time your fin­gers will be­come more in­de­pen­dent.

The fol­low­ing ex­am­ples will help you de­velop in­de­pen­dence of move­ment in your fin­gers, al­low­ing you to play si­mul­ta­ne­ous bass and melody lines sim­i­lar to the likes of Chet Atkins or Ben Howard. Gen­er­ally, your thumb will pick the three bass strings and your first, sec­ond and third fin­gers will play the third, sec­ond and first strings re­spec­tively.

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