Finger Picking

Finger picking, or fingerstyle guitar, is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to fingers. These lessons cover techniques such as Travis Picking and include several songs arranged for picking.

Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin

Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin

There’s a little bit of everything in this lesson, from easy arpeggios and strumming to some basic Travis style finger picking patterns. As always, David picks the song apart into small pieces that even many beginners can get with some concerted practice. Have fun learning this Harry Chapin classic!

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair

Learn how to play the sparse and spooky (but very easy to learn) version of Scarborough Fair that Nick and David came up with while working on The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guitar.

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair

Most of this song involves simple patterns that are repeated during each verse. There is some very interesting and intricate fingerstyle guitar playing.

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