Guitar picking Basics

Guitar picking is one of the essential lessons you’ll be happy you set out to learn. Mix up your guitar playing skills by practicing the basics of finger picking.

I find that the most comfortable way to do finger-picking is to actually steady your hand with your pinky – and you place that right on the pick guard below the sound hole of the guitar. Depending on the chord you’re going to fret – and for this example I’m going to use a D-chord – you want the thumb to be placed on the root note, which is a D – that’s the third string down. And, depending on the pattern you’re going to pick, you can either put two or three fingers on the rest of the strings. For this example, I’ll use all three: second, third, and fourth fingers that go on the following strings below the thumb.

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