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Fingerstyle players

This is a group for fingerstyle players of all types, from Hedges disciples to Chet channelers.

Members: 973
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A classical / fingerstyle orchestrated composition 3 Replies

Started by Mark Hussey. Last reply by Charlie Apr 1.

Thumb Picks? 13 Replies

Started by Rob Darby. Last reply by Robert Williamson Jan 1.

Finger-pickin' Nylon! 24 Replies

Started by Rob Darby. Last reply by Steve Widmeyer Mar 28, 2015.

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Comment by John Heron on August 13, 2009 at 10:41pm
These days I have to go to a guitar show to see Stevie in person. I hope that means that things are going gangbusters in the world of fingerstyle wizardry--for all our sakes.
Comment by Marc Stock on August 13, 2009 at 10:03pm

I would love to go but the economy makes it impossible for me...
Comment by Sadness The Leprechaun on August 13, 2009 at 7:05pm
Hi all! I'm happy that there is a place where I can get tips and converse with fellow finger style players. My style is a mixture of Fleetwood Mack/ "Dust In The Wind", but I've been slowly learning a little "progressive" styling from watching Andy McKee and Erik Mongrain videos. What are some good books or artists that might help me out when I hit a dry spell in my writing?
Comment by Roy Merriam on August 13, 2009 at 3:39pm
Well, speaking of nails. I use a little nail. I like the sound I get with nail and finger tip. The combination is the best for me.
Comment by Owen Goudie on August 13, 2009 at 2:59pm
Hi everyone, I've not long joined on here and it's great to hear so many acoustic musicians! To add to Nadine's comment I've never felt I needed nails to play with either, I far prefer the added "feel" of using my fingertips. Onywyes, hope all's good with you all, cheersfurnoo. :)
Comment by Nadine on August 13, 2009 at 12:21pm
Hi - Just have a minute, but wanted to say Thanks to Tony for the Juber video - very nice. I also don't "need" nails to play acoustic fingerstyle - didn't think that was unusual - is it? I can just as easily play with my fingertips - I suppose that's what it is - I actually never thought about it... thoughts? P.S. Glad to read about folks digging John Hurt's music - he was amazing.
Comment by Curtis Knutson on August 13, 2009 at 12:12pm
Hello. I just joined and thought I would introduce myself. I got into guitar after playing drums for years (drums are not very interesting once you retire from the band scene). Early years of guitar were mostly playing the same songs over and over (very boring) or not playing much at all. Decided I should actually learn how to play this thing and took some lessons on theory, chord structure, etc. Gravitated to fingerstyle about 3 - 4 years ago. Am now an addict; play almost every day (and get cranky when I can't). Love the old blues stuff; John Hurt, Rev. Davis, etc. and some Fahey and anything else that catches my ear.
Comment by Roy Merriam on July 27, 2009 at 2:04pm
This looks like the place for me. I started playing classical and then started doing my own thing. Fingerstyle guitar opens up a whole new way for me to express the music that is in my mind. I play a nylon string. I find it gives me the sound I like.
Comment by Henry Hazen on July 15, 2009 at 9:00pm
sI really like where this is going. I've also been a fan of Pierre Bensusan and have all his albums on vinyl and CD. I'm not a jazz player but listen to alot of old Wes Montgomery, George Bensen, and the likes. My style is more Kottke, Kaukonen, Fahey, MIssisssippi John Hurt, Big Bill B, etc.

I was a student of Doug Smith's for several years until work and finances determined an end but you might want to check out his music. Grammy winner with Mark Hanson and Terry Robb with the Mancini CD. All of us live in Portland or close by so the connection is obvious.
Comment by Tony Hogan on July 15, 2009 at 6:15pm
Greetings. I've just joined the group. Great to see something which is for fingerstylists. There's a lot of players I like, right across the board. I do like Hedges and Bensusan, these two have been my faves for over 25 year. DeGrassi is a beautiful player too.

Recently I did a workshop with Pierre Bensusan, what struck me is he doesn't really think like a normal guitar player, he's more classical in his disciple, and I mean in a strict tradition, not just a guy plodding away on a classical .Michael Hedges always said he was a composer above all else... yeah right, but really thought outside the box.
I was watching a Joe Pass video, I have worked on his stuff for about 35 years and what got me is his attitude to player right hand, he basically said he didn't care so much, just play the notes. I guess his emphasis was on choice of notes and harmonies and he predominantly played an archtop. His work on Virtuoso #1 was a milestone in jazz guitar. I guess I need to add Ralph Towner as a great, yes he's classical in technique but he single handedly redirected an area of jazz guitar.

Here's Juber, it's brilliant. Juber plays without nails ( I still don't get it) but it's good Laurence Juber Youtube

And there is John Renbourn who glues ping pong balls to his nails.

Of the new guys I like Antoine Dufour a lot, he is extremely musical, and also McKee, even though he's theatrical in his technique he keeps it musical.

There are many aspects to fingerstyle guitar, generally the focus is on the right hand but I think that the left choice of harmonies is also a major factor. Oftn if we think of fingerstyle we could easily limit it to the alternate picking sort of thing, but this is just a foundation. I think that the beuty of fingerstyle is in the voicings we can use

I worked as a jazz guitarist for some years, and after years I ended up playing all my accompaniment with fingers, this gave me the ability to play more like a piano player harmonically.

Bottom line is I absolutely love guitar and it's been great to watch the development of it over 40 years of my playing

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