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Beginning fingerpicking..
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I want to be a competent 'alternate bass' picker. What are some exercises I can do to improve? At the moment I am a complete noob to fingerstyle guitar, I never even attempted it. I adopted the…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Conroy May 6, 2012.

 

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Dave Conroy replied to Dave Conroy's discussion Beginning fingerpicking..
"Thanks Nic, I read the first two articled (I'm good at stretching already) and found them useful. I'm going to tap out patterns I made up while on the bus or procrastinating studying :)"
May 6, 2012
Dave Conroy replied to Dave Conroy's discussion Beginning fingerpicking..
"Thanks for the reply. I'm going to learn (slowly) "Don't think twice" by Bob Dylan, it sounds tough but it'll be a great personal achievement to be able to play it."
May 6, 2012
Dave Conroy replied to Dave Conroy's discussion Beginning fingerpicking..
"Thanks for the reply Charlie, I recently purchased a blues course (fingerpicking) off Justin Sandercoe, a guy I learn from online. It's very similar to what you described, I'll stick with that and finish it before I move on."
May 6, 2012
Nic Lubbers replied to Dave Conroy's discussion Beginning fingerpicking..
"I would highly recommend learning songs, it's a lot more fun and you're less likely to give up. Try to find easy ones to start out with like the ones suggested by FloridaGull. I would also recommend the classical method as you have, using…"
May 4, 2012
Jud Hair replied to Dave Conroy's discussion Beginning fingerpicking..
"For me it has been strictly a case of mind over matter ... for the longest time my fingers refused to do what I wanted them to do.,  Then one day they began to come around.  Once my mind became master of my fingers, the rest has been much…"
May 4, 2012
Charlie Simpson replied to Dave Conroy's discussion Beginning fingerpicking..
"Dave, let me share with you how I've done things.  I started out, 4 years ago, trying to use thumb and 3 fingers.  It got to be too confusing for me though.  A little over a year ago, I got stefan grossman's…"
May 1, 2012
FloridaGull replied to Dave Conroy's discussion Beginning fingerpicking..
"IMHO, start out the way you have described - use thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.  There may be times in the future when you may want to shift the pattern down - use thumb for E, A, D, and G, and index and middle for B and high E - but,…"
Apr 30, 2012
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Beginning fingerpicking..

I want to be a competent 'alternate bass' picker. What are some exercises I can do to improve? At the moment I am a complete noob to fingerstyle guitar, I never even attempted it. I adopted the classical method of thumb to e,a and d string, first = g second b third e.Should I be learning songs yet, should i use a metronome, should I only start out with thumb and fingers 1 and 2.. etc.Cheers See More
Apr 30, 2012
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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
1-2 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Washburn ds10

Fender Stratocaster
What type of music do you like to play?
Blues
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I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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