Fingerstyle Practice Path For Beginners

Do you love the way folk music is played on the guitar? Do you wonder how on earth people seem to come up with fingerstyle arrangements of songs on the spot? Do you want to break out of just strumming songs and get into playing fingerstyle guitar? If your answer to any of these questions is yes then this is a great lesson for you!

In this lesson fingerstyle playing will be demystified, and you’ll find out how you can learn to play tons of songs just by learning and applying two different fingerpicking patterns. Best of all, we’re going to be using a song to teach one of the patterns, so you’ll be able to come out of this lesson with a new song under your fingertips!

The first pattern comes from the classic radio staple “Dust In The Wind” by Kansas, and the second is from a lesser known song by John Prine called “I Remember Everything.” With these two patterns under your belt, you’ll be well on your way to impressing everyone with your fingerpicking chops!

0:00 – Start
0:35 – Lesson Intro (Get the tabs downloaded here!)
1:38 – Recreating A Strumming Song With Fingerstyle
2:30 – But How?
3:05 – The 1st Pattern: “Dust In The Wind” by Kansas
4:07 – Breaking The Pattern Down On A C Chord
6:58 – Breaking The Pattern Down On A G Chord
7:51 – Breaking The Pattern Down On A D Chord
9:20 – A Song To Practice This On
10:40 – Applying The Pattern To Other Chords
11:50 – Thumb As The Driving Beat
12:33 – The 2nd Pattern: “I Remember Everything” by John Prine
13:08 – Playing Through The Song
13:29 – Breaking The Pattern Down On A G Chord
14:59 – Breaking The Pattern Down On An Am Chord
15:49 – Breaking The Pattern Down On A D7 Chord
17:16 – Applying These Patterns To Another Song
18:20 – Closing Notes

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