If you're intermediate, use these
If you're a beginner, keep
The thumb changes direction
and the 1 finger pulls toward the
thumb on its downbeat (small blue circle)
The 1 finger sweeps into the
next string (green)
, and the 2 finger
sweeps into the next string (green)
Your fingerpicking hand is supported by
It should feel solid and in
control. Relax. This is easy.
Fingerpick with the tip of any finger.
(or side of the thumb, see below
You play faster when you play
closer to the fingertip. Try to barely catch the string.
Alternating strokes should sound the same
on every finger.
This takes time and requires
Be gentle. Rub the
strings with your fingertips. Feel them.
Imagine the gentle motions you
need to make delicate sounds.
playing finger, fretting finger or palm.
Fingerpick with a metronome
You'll play faster and cleaner.
end joint of
my fingers is almost vertical.
The other joints are comfortably bent.
thumb's in position on the low string.
My wrist is bent towards me
This lets my fingers stroke back and
forth while fingerpicking. The fingers should move back and forth
smoothly like a pendulum.
Each fingerpicking stroke should sound the same.
Each finger rests on a string when not being used.
They mute the string and are ready to fingerpick instantly.
I trim my
fingernails short when I fingerpick.
says nails get more tones.
a nail. Lol.
Fingertips are faster
Use the side of the thumb when
the right spot.
It can play as fast as the other fingers.
Move it back and forth across the
stroke sound the same.
Note: my other fingers aren't properly
Fingerpick with different angles of attack.
Adjust your hand angle: lateral or
You'll find the
pattern many ways.
creative motion can become a new riff or solo line.
common fingerpicking variations.
I use finger 3
and 4 as well. I've practiced fingerpicking with all of them, but
my Thumb, 1 and 2 fingers are best. The best thing about
fingerpicking is the fingers pull "towards" the
thumb. It's like "grabbing" multiple strings and
making sound. You can also use your fingers like drum
mallets and fingerpick by tapping the strings and making a percussive
sound, or you can fingerpick with 1 finger as fast as the pick can
play. I can fingerpick with
my thumb (or 1,2 fingers) as fast as a pick, and make it clean.
When I was playing my best, I was fingerpicking clean patterns
at 240 bpm.
Red = Beginner method.
is the easiest way to fingerpick, although it can be argued that
variations of the first group (T,11,222) can also be the easiest.
might want to start there. Fingerpicking with the thumb involves
getting the angle right, and using the proper part of the thumb.
Finger 4 provides upport. It rests on the bridge,
pick guard or top string. You can also use it to play.
There's many variations. Find one you like.
method of fingerpicking
fingerpick faster than the ear can hear. It's
good for single string patterns and it's good for playing all
the strings at once.
a superior skill in many ways, but a pick can create a certain
sound your fingers can't. Each has a certain quality that can't
Use a metronome.
gets you in the
zone. Everything becomes easier.
The thumb anchors the hand
on the string below.
Finger 3 anchors the hand on the string above
(or two strings
Move the anchor fingers as you play and move the
Sweep into the next string with any stroke.
sweep up or down.
Keep your fingers almost vertical.
like running legs.
your wrist towards you.
Form is very
Go slow, be
Speed up in short bursts. Play a fast 2 note
pattern, 4 notes, 6, etc.
Try 5 or 7, etc.
Play the finger exercises
They are perfect for
fingerpicking. Use the motion charts for
variations, but ignore the red arrows showing "crosspicking
make a motion chart for fingers soon.