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Fingerpicking Fundamentals

Master the most common and useful fingerpicking patterns to get you started on a lifetime of fun fingerpicking guitar.
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Created by Monte King
Last updated 11/2015
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This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of fingerpicking style guitar. Whether you are brand new to guitar playing or have been playing for a while but have not yet explored the wonderful world of fingerpicking style guitar, this course will give you a solid foundation for a lifetime of fingerpicking fun! The course uses multi-cam videos to give you a clear perspective on both the left and right hand techniques (naturally, this course focuses on the right hand). Fingerpicking Fundamentals is broken into 3 sections: 1) A series of lessons teaching a style commonly called "Travis Picking". 2) A series of lessons developing a technique I call "Finger Rolls". Together these two basic styles will give you the facility in your right hand to master almost any popular fingerpicking song you want to learn. Finally, 3) A series of practice sessions using a chord progression in the key of E that allows the student to practice all the patterns learned in the course while developing facility across all 6 strings. Take this course if you want to get a huge head start on becoming a master fingerpicking guitarist!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for beginning guitar players or players who have no expertise in fingerpicking. Basic knowledge of simple chords is helpful but not necessary to take this course. This course if probably not for you if you are already an advanced fingerpicking style guitarist.
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What Will I Learn?
Play a variety of common fingerpicking patterns used in country, folk, and popular music.
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  • All you need for this course is a guitar and your fingers!
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:34:18
1 Lecture 05:54
Travis Picking
8 Lectures 40:19

Travis Pick/6th String Bass

Travis Pick/5th String Bass

Changing Chords with Travis Picking

Travis Pick with 3 String Alternating Bass

Pinching Techniques

Picking Pattern Variation

Travis Pick Wrap Up
Finger Rolls
5 Lectures 19:35
Basic Finger Roll

Finger Roll with Alternating Bass

Finger Roll with Alternating String Groups

Time Signatures

Double Stops in 3/4 Time
Practice Section
8 Lectures 28:30
Practice Chord Progression

Practice: 2 String Alternating Bass Travis Pick

Practice 3 String Bass Travis Pick

Practice Basic Finger Rolls

Practice: Finger Rolls with Alternating Bass

Practice: Finger Rolls with Alternating String Groups

Practice: Double Stops in 3/4 Time

Parting Shots
About the Instructor
4.2 Average rating
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324 Students
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Certified Professional Guitar Player/Teacher

I've been playing and teaching acoustic guitar for 40 years. My major influences have been pop/folk guitarists like James Taylor, Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg, Paul Simon, and David Wilcox as well as a variety of country pickers like Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Thom Bresh. A 1985 graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology, I have always loved the pure sound of a songwriter and a guitar, and love inspiring others to learn to play for themselves!

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