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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Instructed by Monte King Music / Instruments
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

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!

What are the requirements?

  • All you need for this course is a guitar and your fingers!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play a variety of common fingerpicking patterns used in country, folk, and popular music.

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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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Welcome to the Course!
Section 2: Travis Picking
Travis Pick/4th String Bass
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
Section 3: Finger Rolls
Basic Finger Roll
Finger Roll with Alternating Bass
Finger Roll with Alternating String Groups
Time Signatures
Double Stops in 3/4 Time
Section 4: Practice Section
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

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Instructor Biography

Monte King, 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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