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Essential Fingerpicking Techniques – Ten Easy Steps to Get You Fingerpicking (Step 10)

Step 10

Putting the Essential Fingerpicking Techniques Together 

In this final Step, we're going to take all the essential fingerpicking techniques we've learnt throughout this series and put them all together.

The techniques we've covered are: Basic fingerpicking technique, picking strings simultaneously, alternating the bass and strumming without using a pick.

We'll put each of these essential fingerpicking techniques into musical exercises that sound great. Each one will combine at least three of the techniques and if you can play all of them, then you can certainly call yourself a well-rounded, intermediate fingerstyle player.

Let's get to it!

Study Piece Number One

This first study uses the essential fingerpicking techniques of basic fingerpicking, playing strings simultaneously and alternating the bass. 

This style of playing is very common among fingerstyle singer-songerwriters and has been used in many folk songs throughout history. 

It's pretty tricky, especially if you want to sing at the same time, but it's great fun to play once you've cracked it. 

Essential Fingerpicking Techniques tab 1

Study Piece Number Two

In this short piece we have an intermediate level alternating bass, notes being played simultaneously and a light strum going on.

Often people really struggle to get it all to gel nicely when strumming fingerstyle. It's simply a case of repetition, it may take a while but you will get everything to fit in its right place and sounding good in time. 

Essential Fingerpicking Techniques study 2


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Study Piece Number Three

The two most important essential fingerpicking techniques in this piece are the alternating bass and the light strumming.

This time the bass line is more advanced than in Study Piece Number 2, and might require some real work before you've got it right.

Essential Fingerpicking Techniues study 3

Study Piece Number Four

Our last study here is pretty busy. It uses basic fingerpicking technique throughout, an intermediate level alternating bass line and notes being played simultaneously.

Essential Fingerpicking Techniques Study 4

10 Easy Steps to Get You Fingerpicking - Step 10 Summary

In this final Step we've assembled all the essential fingerpicking techniques that we've covered in this ten part series and put them into short musical pieces. 

You may not have the techniques down fully yet, but you will if you continue to work on them regularly.

I hope that you'll use them in your own creative way and that they bring you a lot of musical satisfaction. All these essential fingerpicking techniques are used all the time by all the greats. If you want to be a great fingerstyle player, then you simply have to master them. I'm sure you will!

This series has covered such a tiny part of fingerstyle guitar. If you really want to take your fingerpicking to the next level, consider taking one of my fingerstyle courses. In the School you'll find hundreds of in-depth video lessons all aimed at helping you grow into a great fingerstyle guitarist.

I hope you've enjoyed this 10 Easy Steps to Get You Fingerpicking series as much as I have putting it together.

If you have any questions or comments then please leave them below.

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