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Watch the SECTION 6: Fingerstyle online guitar lesson by Susan Mazer from Hands-On Guitar: The Beginner's Guide

Some of the greatest tunes of all time were played without a pick (stairway to heaven, dust in the wind, blowing in the wind, landslide). We call this playing fingerstyle. Instead of just strumming up and down, we pluck the strings at different times with our fingers. This is also the style that classical guitarists use. I’m going to teach you how to play a fingerstyle pattern over chord changes and also how to apply it to a melody. It really adds variety to your playing to be able to use both flat picking and fingerpicking techniques. Fingerpicking is also something that a lot of even advanced players never learned. So you can “wow” your friends.