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Questions tagged [fingerstyle-guitar]

Guitar technique where the thumb and fingers are used to play the strings instead of a pick or plectrum.

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What technique is Eddie Van Der Meer using?

In his cover of neon genesis evangelon opening, he does something throughout the song at 0:21 and other times throughout the verse. It sounds almost like a thumb slap but doing just a thumb slap ...
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Help Recording fingerstyle guitar over original song

So I play fingerstyle guitar but I can't really sing that well. So I want to record my fingerstyle playing along with the voice from the original song in the background cause otherwise it sounds too ...
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Finger Picking Chords - Beats per bar

When one is playing a 4/4 tune "finger picking style" (Thumb base note, Index 3 string, Middle 2nd string and ring finger 1st string) (Not coincidentally 4 "actions/picks") My question is: Would a ...
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Fingerpicking Barre chords: What bass string to use?

When finger picking open chords one is supposed to do Thumb - bass string (root string), Index - third string, Ring - second string etc. The bass string used should be the "root" of the note. e.g. If ...
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Composing on guitar - Fingerstyle vs Classical

I'm wondering about the difference in the process of composing a song for a Fingerstyle Guitar vs what would be considered a Classical guitar piece. Note: I'm an amature hobbiest, so please excuse my ...
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Should open strings on guitar be tuned to the key of the song played?

As an example, the key of G is played alot due to the guitar’s default tuning of EADGBE. In the context of fingerstyle/chord-melody guitar it’s nice to be able to drone on open strings that are in the ...
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How do you stop your hands from tensing when performing solo acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for around 12 years or so, but never played in front of others while learning (minus family members or friends on occasion). Recently, I convinced myself to finally start ...
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What technique is Sungha Jung using in this video?

In his cover of Secret Base - Anohana during the chorus at 1:25 he makes a loud twang-y(?) bass note noise that overall gives the composition a really nice sound. Im wondering what hes doing and ...
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What does a P above the tab mean in guitar tablature?

Currently working on learning Secret Base (arr. by sungha jung) and the tabs have a P over the chord. I dont know if this means palm mute or what because its not a pull-off. Also unrelated im not ...
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Tremolo on ukulele pick or fingers?

I saw a few vids on tremolo on ukulele. I like tremolo on uke because the strings are so spread out. But from the videos I watched, some use one finger, some use two fingers, and some use a pick. I'm ...
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Guessing the chord by notes

Most of the time I can figure out what chord is being played by just seeing the notes. I do this by looking at the first note (note in which I feel the chord is changed) when I think the chord changed,...
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Note not in triads chords

So i'm trying to make an arrangement of some song but i'm confused which note should i play. I've tried to listen the voice and the lyrics from that song then match my humming with the guitar and i ...
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Melody not fit the chords [closed]

I just watched youtube videos where he found the music melody notes + chords then he said that it's better if we play the song on Am instead (originally the song play on f#m). He gave the new melody ...
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Why does string strummed with finger sound different from the one strummed with pick?

What is the physical reason for difference in sound when using fingers instead of pick and vice versa?
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Interpretation of songsterr tab

Hi guys I'm looking at a tab on songsterr (Use Somebody fingerstyle) and at the 8th bar the tab indicates the playing of the open CGC strings and above it says t.h.(12) and t.h.(19). Can anyone ...
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What should I start to learn fingerstyle guitar

So I recently got into fingerstyle guitar and learned to play Someone Like You (sungha jung) and it took me a couple months, which I think is too long. But when I started looking for another song to ...
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Speed techniques in fingerstyle guitar

I'm transitioning from playing primarily with a pick, to using just fingers, (no finger or thumb picks either). I feel this gives me a greater range of tone and better control in most scenarios - ...
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Beginner fingerstyle on acoustic guitar

I'm trying to learn fingerstyle technique on an acoustic guitar. I'm using the 5 fingers (thumb for E & A, ..., pinky for E) but after 3 days trying with this song I still sound horrible. I ...
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I'm developing an unusual picking style while playing fingerstyle on acoustic guitar - Will it create problems for me in the future?

I'm relatively new to fingerstyle - I've played Nothing Else Matters, I got the feel for fingerstyle, however in that song i didn't use any other fingers than my thumb and my first finger; I haven't ...
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Learning guitar for absolute beginners

I suddenly have the urge to start learning guitar as a hobby and ended up buying a classical guitar, but I'm not where to start! My goal is to adopt a fingerstyle similar to Sungha Jung and Andrew Foy,...
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Are there any guitar fingerstyle picking patterns which sound cool even with no chords? [closed]

I play fingerstyle guitar (beginner-intermediate level, I don't really know any music theory), and often times I find that I'm browsing my email or something with one hand, and the other is free to ...
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Guitar: difference between Folk and Ragtime strumming

First, please excuse me in advance for I am not a pro musician. Playing music is only a hobby for me. I'm learning how to play the acoustic guitar like Mark Knopfler in his solo career. In this ...
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How to stop a 5-string capo blocking my fretting of the bottom E string?

I want to play a fingerstyle guitar based on open-voiced chords in the key of D, capoed to be in D, Eb or E for performance. I'd love to have the low D from a drop-D tuning but this messes up some ...
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How do I get a nice attack while fingerpicking?

I'm trying to fingerpick with the pad of my fingertips (ie no nails), I'm struggling to get a nice tone. My thumb & ring finger sound okay, but my forefinger and middle finger tend to produce ...
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How would you modify the muting technique when finger picking on an electric guitar?

After watching this I was wondering how you would modify the classical guitar technique if you want to fingerpick on the electric guitar?
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imitate snare sound

How does he get the snare drum sound at about 1:51 when he starts imitating drums? I think he hits the high silver strings with his nails, but my guitar just rings out when I do that. Hitting the ...
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How to avoid inadvertent string muting due to somewhat fast finger picking?

Have come to realize that no matter how careful and sharp I try to finger-pick the guitar using my right hand (keeping the chord-shapes pressed with left hand to play Arpeggios or melody in general), ...
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What are the uses of inverted chords?

As far as I know, inverted chord can be used to create bass line. I am wondering about the other uses of it. Does it have anything to do with the melody in term of harmony and sound effects? Should we ...
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How much is nut-width and neck-width a worry for finger-style playing?

As a mid-life learner of Acoustic Guitar, my collection is extremely humble and comprises of 2 beginner-level (i.e. laminated, entry-level range) steel-string acoustic guitars - both of which are cut-...
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Can I become a good guitarist by just playing other's arrangements?

It's been a whole year since I bought my first acoustic guitar and I've only learned a couple of chords, how to read a simple tab and some easy fingerstyle songs. So I'm just wondering whether it's a ...
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How to “strum” by plucking in fingerstyle guitar

I'm trying to learn Ed Gerhard's arrangement of Moon River. In this video at 0:19, ThinkingDog sort of strums the strings downwards by seemingly plucking the individuals strings in rapid succession. ...
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Fingerstyle for a COMPLETE beginner

There is a lot of info about starting with fingerstyle. But most people starting with fingerstyle actually have some experience with plucking or music in general. On the other hand, I'm completely new ...
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How to finger-pick guitar boogie?

I'm trying to play the following (part of Guitar Boogie) without a pick. What's a reasonable way to pick with the right hand? So far I've only been using the thumb, but trying to speed up, I think it'...
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What's a standard fingerpicking grip when both the A and high E are “fingerpicked”?

A common fingerpicking grip is the thumb on DAE and index-middle-ring on eBG. Another grip I've heard about, without high E, is the thumb on AE and index-middle-ring on DGB. What's a "normal" grip to ...
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How to choose a custom tuning for a fingerstyle arrangement?

Eddie van der Meer uses custom tuning in all of his arrangement...how to determine what tuning I should use? what's the grammar behind this?
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How big a handicap is lack of “cutaway” in guitars?

As a mid-life learner of Acoustic Guitar, my collection is extremely humble and comprises of 2 beginner-level (i.e. laminated, entry-level range) steel-string acoustic guitars - both of which are cut-...
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Finger picking on bass vs finger picking on guitar

I'm learning bass after playing guitar for a long time. Anyway, it seems that the bass finger picking style is significantly different from the style I would use on the guitar. The standard bass ...
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Playing fingerstyle with short or long nails [closed]

I have been playing fingerstyle guitar for some time now. But I can't figure out what sounds best: playing fingerstyle with long finger-nails or with short nails. What is the best practice and what do ...
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How to arrange a song's fingerstyle version? [closed]

What are the key objectives when arranging a regular song in fingerstyle?
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Guitar, tapping one handed Chord Shapes

I have been trying to learn one hand tapping on guitar for a while now but am having some trouble. Lately I have just been tapping out a E major or A major barre chord shape slowly and trying to get ...
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Is Playing Classical Guitar with Fingers PI a Bad Habit?

I see most classical/flamenco guitar players use fingers IM instead (rest stroke or picado). Coming from an electric guitar background, I find the rest stroke technique extremely uncomfortable. Is it ...
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What Are Some Techniques For Fast Classical Guitar Runs?

Players like Paco de Lucia shred through scales up and down at incredible speed. Is "Picado" the only way to achieve these fast runs up and down the neck? I'm looking for ways to go up and down a ...
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How do I know which position to use when I'm playing by ear

I come from a piano background ( and I know enough theory to read intermediate piano sheet music) and I want to learn fingerstyle guitar. but It's so difficult because there is more than one way to ...
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How to record guitar outdoor and in studio and then sync both perfectly

Some guys on youtube make very professional videos of themself playing guitar outside, like Peter Gergely or Eddie Van Meer. How do they record that? I mean in the second post a user commented: ...
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Alice Phoebe Lou — Name of the fingerpicking technique

Is there any special name for this fingerpicking technique? Is the pattern just: e|--------------| B|-----------1--| G|-----1--------| D|--------T-----| A|--...
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A special playing technique for harmonics as seen in Sungha's Cover of Creep

I am wondering what Sungha is doing in his Cover of Creep at around 1m43s and the same at around 2m17s. It sounds like he is playing some kind of harmonic. In the tabs (for example this one) it is ...
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Fingerstyle - Alternating Bass, Pinch or Bass Alone?

In this arrangement it seems the creator, Mark Hanson, sometimes plays the alternating bass with the melody note (in a pinch) and sometimes, randomly it seems, he plays the bass note then the melody ...
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Writing music on the staff in 5th position

My assignment is to write an arrangement of a song in 5th position(from guitar) on the staff. I picked a song and I've written the notes out on paper, it's in common time, on the treble clef, but i ...
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Learning the scales using triads

I have recently began learning to play scales, and while I can remember them across the strings and play them usually in whatever order pops into my head I would really like to be able to create ...
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What Notes to Play as Accompaniment in Fingerstyle?

Example: I'm holding down the C chord with the melody note on C, second string and bass on C, fifth string. It seems like the only accompaniment notes I can play are on the D and G string. Why? ...