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Watch the Rest Strokes online guitar lesson by Roberto Dalla Vecchia from Solo Flatpicking Handbook

Sometimes the melody we're arranging lies on the higher strings of the guitar. In these situations, we can strum through the chord all the way up to the string where the melody is.

If the melody note is on the first fret of the second string and we play an A minor chord, we can strum the chord and rest the pick on the first string so we won't accidentally play it. This type of stroke is called a "rest stroke."