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I think you are misreading. X is usually used to denote damped strings. So in the first example you'd go from a partial Am (minus the E on the 3rd string) and then as you pop that E on you need to damp the open A in order that when it is played you just hear the damped noise of it being picked, but no note ringing out. It is possible the X could be used ...


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Finger style requires a steady hand, often anchored, so that each finger can move independently, usually one string per finger. Strumming involves a rather different action of the whole arm moving up and down, usually with a pick held between finger/s and thumb. So, the transition is quite stark. I think the only way, if you're not happy strumming like most ...



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