House of the Rising Sun is a relatively slow song that’s easy for beginners to learn. In this lesson we’ll try a few different fingerpicking patterns.
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.
Here’s a very cool single-guitar finger style instrumental blues piece that will teach you about driving, single note bass lines and creating cool melody lines and fills.
Guitar Noise presents the first in a new series of songs written specifically for guitar studies. Here is a cool blues number, reminiscent of Taj Mahal’s “Fishing Blues” to help you develop your finger picking, hammer-on skills and use of syncopation and timing.
In Part 2 of “The Learning Curve of Various Styles of Guitar,” Jamie Andreas looks at the skills needed to become a “strum and sing” guitar player.
Since our next Topic of the Month is Finger Picking it seemed like a good idea to show how you can add simple techniques you already know from single note playing and strumming to spice up your finger picking playing as well.
This is our fingerstyle / chord melody take on I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a song from the 1940’s that’s been sung by almost everyone.
Our arrangement of this Bob Dylan favorite from Nashville Skyline can be played very easily with the use of a capo, plus a very simple picking pattern.
Peter Simms has written a little ditty that shows us how to make your single guitar sound like a small combo band. We’re going to focus on fingerstyle with a melody, bassline and chords.