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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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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? ...
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How to lower the key of a song WITHOUT changing chord shapes

I'm learning the song 'let it be' by the beatles in the key of C however, It's just a tad to high for me (The highest note that is). The key of A, or even B work completley fine and I could capo that ...
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Notes not sounding on barre chords

I have being trying to conquer to barre chord but there when I play then either the d or e strings don't sound. I think I am playing them correctly, using the bony part but one note always doesn't ...
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Combining fingerpicking with guitar pick

So I've been playing acoustic guitar for years and have developed a certain fingerpicking style as well as a really good strumming technique. However, I have never used a pick and always thought it ...
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How do I start guitar 'tapping' style?

I have been thinking of adding tapping guitar style to my fingerstyle and I was wondering if anyone has some tips or useful websites that could teach me this. If anyone has info on how to get louder ...
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How to arrange a song in fingerstyle? [closed]

I have some questions about arranging a song in fingerstyle: I know these: Get the melody. Get the chords. Combine melody and chords rhythmically. My questions are: The melody is high single notes,...
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Acoustic fingerstyle uneven sound

I'm a beginner at fingerstyle guitar. When I play with longer nails, I get a nice crisp sound, but the volume is uneven based on which finger I use. Sometimes I get this horribly loud/scraping sound (...
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Guitar finger style and strumming

I started playing January this year and find finger style easier than strumming. My question is, can I transform a finger style pattern to strumming, and if yes, how?
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How to interpret a finger slap notation on a guitar tab?

I am looking at this particular guitar tab: and I am trying to make sense of the notation where you have a triad with the "x" on the top string and the other strings below are in parentheses. Please ...
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Plucking classical and acoustic guitars

I have played the classical guitar for a few years but have recently started giving acoustic guitar a go. I have obviously noticed a few differences but there is one thing I am not sure about. When ...
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Is playing fingerstyle really hard?

I want to start learning fingerstyle, but I don't know where to start. Some people say it's very hard. Please tell me how to start – what songs could I learn first, etc..
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Problem with choosing the right string gauge - switch from medium to extra light?

I am beginner acoustic guitar player .. My current guitar' strings are "medium" ,, but I found them hard to play, they make buzzing sound, that's why I hate my guitar now -_- and i'm thinking of ...
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Positioning pinky while playing guitar

I am currently playing a piece on the guitar which is going fine so far, but I have encountered a problem, and I am unsure whether this will have an effect on my guitar playing in the future. When I ...
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Guitar music, notes on different strings

I have just started playing a song named Leyenda on the classical guitar but have encountered a problem. The first bar goes (as shown on picture) E B B B C B etc. I started playing e open, b open, b ...