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Fingerpicking Guitar Techniques

Fingerpicking Guitar Techniques is Appendix A in a 15 part series on Learn to Play Guitar Lessons. We will explore different techniques and patterns used by guitarists. We'll also look at fingerpicking blues and my favorite fingerpicking guitarists.

To review the string names visit Guitar String Names. To review guitar tunings visit Standard Guitar Tuning and Alternate tunings. There is a whole world of alternate tunings that make for very fresh sounding music. It will make us better songwriters to experiment.

I recently composed an album of instrumental guitar music for Manchester Music Library. They license music to tv, film and ad agencies. To license or just listen to my tracks click the image.


Here are some instructional videos to get you started with fingerpicking:

FINGERPICKING GUITAR TECHNIQUES-WILL FLY

ADVANCED FINGERPICKING 1-ZANE CHARRON

ADVANCED FINGERPICKING 2-ZANE CHARRON

ADVANCED FINGERPICKING 3-ZANE CHARRON

ADVANCED FINGERPICKING 4-ZANE CHARRON

ADVANCED FINGERPICKING 5-ZANE CHARRON

FINGERPICKING GUITAR TECHNIQUES

Here are some examples and lessons on fingerpicking techniques for the blues.

LONNIE JOHN'S SIGNATURE LICKS

EASY FINGERPICKING BLUES


Check out Adam Rafferty…he rips!!!

VITAMIN E BLUES

GREATEST FINGERPICKING GUITARISTS

Guitar fingerpicking can not only be fun to play and learn, but it is addictive to listen to. Here are some of the greatest fingerpicking guitarists of all time.

Let's start with Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler playing an instrumental medley. Chet Atkins is world renowned and considered by many as the greatest country blues picker of them all. Mark Knopfler of course is best known for his band Dire Straits. Listen to them play together. Very tasty stuff!


CHET ATKINS AND MARK KNOPFLER


James Taylor has the warmest vocal melodies, but his playing is also incredibly smooth!

JAMES TAYLOR-SOMETHING IN THE WAY SHE MOVES


Here's rare footage of JT with Carly Simon.

JT AND CARLY SIMON-CLOSE YOUR EYES


If you've never heard Willy Porter…get ready. I met him a few years back and I used to cover some of his music with my band. This guy tears it up! This video is a bit of a Guild promo, but once past that he plays beautifully, very funky.

WILLY PORTER-FLYING


Here's an excellent live version of Michael Hedges playing Aerial Boundaries. He was such an innovator! The percussive master!

MICHAEL HEDGES-AERIAL BOUNDARIES


And here is yet another master, Pierre Bensusan playing The Alchemist. I went to a clinic of his a few years ago and it was inspiring!

PIERRE BENSUSAN-THE ALCHEMIST

I hope you have enjoyed fingerpicking techniques. There are many more styles to explore. Perhaps one day you will create one of your own.




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