Watch the Carter Picking online guitar lesson by Denny Sarokin from Songwriter's Guide to Great Guitar

Mama Maybelle Carter adapted the strumming styles of the autoharp into a pattern for guitar. Play the bass and melody notes with the thumb, and brush the chords up & down with the fingertips (check out, “Wildwood Flower”).


James Taylor uses a more kicked-back version on songs like, “Sweet Baby James”