Fingerpicking Tips for Beginners


Fingerpicking is one of the many different guitar playing styles out there. Whether you plan on using your fingers, fingernails, or actual finger picks like the Dunlop 9020TPs, learning a new way to play can be difficult. That’s why we put together a couple fingerpicking tips for beginners that will have you sounding great in no time.

Fingerpicking Tips

A great way to start fingerpicking is to not worry about playing a note.  Just practice the actual technique on its own. As you are learning, try laying your guitar flat on your lap so you can see clearly and get a good feel for how it should be done. What you will want to do is use your ring finger for the first string.  Use your middle finger for the second and your pointer finger for the third.  Lastly, use your thumb for the fourth, fifth, and sixth strings. Spend some time getting your hand comfortable with the fingerpicking technique playing open chords until you get the hang of it.

There are a lot of great YouTube videos with fingerpicking tips as well.  One of the most popular is this one with nearly 3 million views:

When you are ready to throw some notes in there you may want to start off with something easy. Play around with a few different chords while individually plucking with your fingers, once you put the practice in you will start to get better at it and you will build from there. Fingerpicking is done in a variety of ways so you just have to find what works best for your style.


Did these tips help you learn the fingerpicking technique? How did you learn? Are there any other tips that are a need to know for beginners? Do you use finger picks? How do you like them? Feel free to comment, we love hearing your feedback!

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