Fingerstyle is the third essential dimension of guitar playing, alongside strumming and single-note lead technique. Best done on acoustic, it is indispensable for anyone interested in self-accompanying while they sing, playing lush arrangements for solo guitar, or exploring classic Folk and Blues. It is a technique employed on dozens of the of the most famous and beloved songs: “Stairway To Heaven”, “Landslide”, “Dust In The Wind”, “Blackbird”, “The Boxer”, “Fire And Rain”, “More Than Words”.
Get ready to go from using one pick to four: the thumb, and index, middle and ring fingers of your strumming hand. Get ready to get in time and in touch with a deep tradition in popular music.
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