Play Guitar: How to Finger-Pick Part 2

In “Play Guitar: How to Finger-Pick Part 1” we looked at the specific fingers used to pick each string.  Now, it’s time to jump into some actual finger-picking exercises…

Below you will find 6 excellent finger-picking exercises.

The numbers refer to the strings.  The first example, 6-1-2-3, means you play the sixth string, first string, second string and third string.  Remember that the strings are numbered from the thickest (6) to the thinnest (1).

At first you should play each exercise with open strings.  Once you feel comfortable with the exercise, apply it to chords.

When you have mastered these exercises, you should combine the patterns together such as, 6-1-2-3-5-1-2-3 or 6-1-2-3-5-1-3-2.

Finger-style Exercise # 1

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Finger-style Exercise # 2

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Finger-style Exercise # 3

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Finger-style Exercise # 4

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Finger-style Exercise # 5

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Finger-style Exercise # 6

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In “Play Guitar: How to Finger-Pick Part 3“, we will continue with some additional foundation finger-picking exercises.  These exercises will make it much easier for you to learn finger-style songs.

Coming very soon, we will look at a fun finger-picking song called “Romance Anonimo“.  This is a perfect song to learn for your Valentine’s Day Sweetheart.

About Don J MacLean

Don J. MacLean is one of the world's leading authorities on accelerated learning systems for guitar—with students using his methods in more than 50 countries worldwide. Don is the author of over 60 books including The World of Scales, the Absolute Essentials of Music Theory for Guitar, How I Got Killer Guitar Chops While I Was Still in High School: Confessions of a High School Shredder, 21 Secrets to Learn any Guitar Song Super-Fast, and Guitar Essentials: Chord Master Expanded Edition.

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