Watch the Right Hand Free Strokes online guitar lesson by Andrew Leonard from Beginner Method for Classical Guitar

Right hand free strokes are another essential skill for playing classical guitar. If you already have any fingerpicking experience, my guess is you primarily use free strokes. If this is the case, please don't skim over this lesson. You may find the classical guitar approach to playing free strokes a bit different. Especially, the placement and use of the right hand knuckle.

Understanding the role of the knuckle and being able to play incorporating it, are a very important aspect of right hand classical guitar technique. I estimate that about 80% of the time, classical guitarists use free strokes. Since it is slightly more complex than rest strokes, I like to teach free strokes after teaching rest strokes. In short, rest strokes stabilize the hand and prepare for free strokes.

An interesting part of this lesson is the introduction of A (right hand ring finger) and P (right hand thumb) to play.

I'll explain everything using an exercise I created. It's called "My Favorite Right Hand Exercise".