Fingerstyle Guitar Classes

Fingerstyle Guitar Classes

Play Fingerstyle

🎸 Unlimited drop-in classes, electives and weekly core classes with teachers in real time.
🎸 Personalized skill evaluation and learning plan.
🎸 Full access to 100s of video lessons and PDFs of NYC Guitar School books, lessons and charts.
🎸 Unlimited admission to live-online virtual open mics and concerts.
🎸 Access to the exclusive Facebook group.
🎸 No commitment. Stop anytime.

What Do You Mean I Don't Need a Guitar Pick?

OH NO! We all know those moments when we reach for our guitar pick and it is nowhere to be found. Fear not!

Did you know that many, if not most, genres of guitar playing around the globe—from American blues and Carter Picking to Brazilian bossa nova and West African palmwine to classical, flamenco, folk and beyond—employ fingerstyle exclusively and never call for flatpicking at all? Uh, and “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, of course 🙂

NYC Guitar School teacher Lenny Molotov literally wrote the book on folk fingerpicking. It’s a great way to begin exploring this vast and beautiful topic, and we are giving away the first chapter–to sample the Fingerstyle class with a free PDF download, just fill out this form.

You Will Learn:

  • Proper hand placement
  • Basic finger rolls and arpeggios
  • Songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and more

WARNING: We think this is the clearest, most fun, funniest, and most motivating Fingerpicking Guitar Manual ever written—it is so mindblowing that we suggest making sure that you are sitting down with a guitar in your lap before downloading the chapter!

Getting started on your fingerstyle guitar adventure at NYC Guitar School is easy with a trial lesson or month of classes.

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Let's Play Some Tunes Together

Some of Our Awesome Students

(Back when classes were still in-person!)


Fingerstyle Guitar Basics

Learn the basics of fingerstyle guitar with such songs as “Landslide” , “Blackbird”, “House of the Rising Sun”, “Dust in the Wind”, “Homeward Bound” and others. Absolutely no prior knowledge of fingerpicking needed. For students who have completed Guitar For Intermediate Beginners or who are otherwise familiar with basic open chords and strumming patterns. A copy of the course text, Fingerstyle Guitar Basics, written by our own Lenny Molotov is included in the tuition fee.
To register by phone please call.

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar

This class continues where Fingerstyle Guitar Basics leaves off. You will take Travis picking to the next level with classics like Dear Prudence and Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright), the latter of which will be explored in a simplified version and then a more advanced rendition. Non-Travis stylings will also be covered in works like the Stairway To Heaven prologue and other more contemporary songs. For students who have completed Fingerstyle Basics For Beginners or who have some knowledge and facility with essential finger picking patterns.
To register by phone please call.

Fingerstyle Guitar Ensemble

Playing with other people is one of the most effective ways to improve and have more fun in the process! In this class, you will delve deeply into two to three songs as a group. You will learn parts, song structure, work on singing and playing, work out song arrangements, and perform with your classmates on Week 10! For students who have completed Fingerstyle Guitar Basics.
To register by phone please call.

Upcoming Classes

All classes are available as a series of private lessons. Reach out to us at or call 646-485-7244 ext 1.

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