Fingerpicking Strings Simultaneously

10 Easy Steps to Get You Fingerpicking – Step 6 (Fingerpicking Strings Simultaneously)

Step 6

Fingerpicking Strings Simultaneously  

Fingerpicking strings simultaneously is what we're going to learn how to do in this Step. Thankfully, if you've mastered each lesson up to this point then this shouldn't be too difficult for you to accomplish.

Once you're OK picking notes consecutively with your right hand, it's time to start fingerpicking strings simultaneously.

The thing to watch out for here is to always get the two strings you're playing to ring out at exactly the same time. The most common mistake that newbies make when fingerpicking strings simultaneously is that they don't quite play the notes perfectly in sync with each other. The two notes must be played at exactly the same time.

Let's get straight into the lesson.

Fingerpicking Strings Simultaneously - Part 1

(Exercise 1)

To get things moving, let's first try playing the low E string with the G string using your thumb (p) and index (i) finger. Go ahead and play them, and really focus on getting the two strings to sound at exactly the same time.

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(Exercise 2)

Now play the low E with the B string together using your thumb (p) and middle (m) finger.

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(Exercise 3)

Finally, play the low E string with the high e simultaneously using your thumb (p) and ring (a) finger.

Fingerpicking Strings Simultaneously

Hopefully that wasn't too much of a struggle for you. That being said, don't move on until you've really got this down. I'd suggest recording yourself (on your phone is fine) and listening to see if you really are fingerpicking the strings in perfect unison.

Fingerpicking Strings Simultaneously - Part 2

The next thing to do with fingerpicking strings simultaneously is to start moving your i, m and a fingers across the strings.

(Exercise 1)

Here, keep your thumb static on the low E string whilst picking the G, B and high e strings.

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(Exercise 2)

Now let's try this out on some other chords.

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(Exercise 3)

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(Exercise 4)

Finally for this section, let's put all of the chords into a simple chord progression.

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It's essential to master any new fingerpicking technique on chords with roots on the E, A and D strings. That's why I chose the chords G, C and D - all the roots are on different strings. This is absolutely paramount to becoming a good fingerstyle player.


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Fingerpicking Strings Simultaneously - Part 3

By now we have covered all that fingerpicking strings simultaneously really is. All that's left for us to do here is to get a little more musical with it.

The next exercises use a lot of fingerpicking strings simultaneously but they also use different picking variations with the right hand.

Be sure to master them all and then go ahead and try coming up with some of your own 'fingerpicking strings simultaneously' patterns and progressions. 

(Exercise 1)

It's common to play the bass note on the first beat of the bar together with another string, and then let it ring on throughout the rest of that chord.

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(Exercise 2)

In this exercise we're playing half notes in the bass.

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(Exercise 3)

In this exercise we're playing quarter notes in the bass.

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(Exercise 4)

In this last exercise I want you to try and get from start to finish without having to rest between every fourth bar. It's a great exercise for your thumb and for fingerpicking strings simultaneously.

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10 Easy Steps to Get You Fingerpicking - Step 6 Summary

In this Step we've covered fingerpicking strings simultaneously. Hopefully by now your notes are ringing out nicely and in perfect unison. 

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 Step 6 of this 10 Easy Steps to Get You Fingerpicking series. I'll see you on Step 7!

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