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Fingerstyle guitar playing is such a magical way to play the guitar. It is a form of playing in which you can be a six stringed, ten fingered, one person band. Technically it demands being able to control bass, chords, melody and harmony simultaneously in order to achieve a general sense of musicality and fluidity. The more complete and strong your fundamentals, foundations and techniques, the broader range of styles and genres you can approach.

I remember the first time seeing Thom Bresh and Buster B. Jones play live, I was astonished and inspired by how much music could come from one guitar. The method in which I learned from Buster in subsequent years was to initially study key fundamentals and techniques and then slowly apply the concepts to a wide variety of fingerstyle tunes. It is common to see or hear a seasoned musician and be amazed at how simple they make it look to execute. While certain elements of musicianship come naturally for some, most players (myself included) have had to work very hard at developing the necessary skills to be able to play complex fingerstyle pieces.

Having the right study plan as well as a progressive curriculum is very important and I’ve taken that into consideration while designing this course. As you work through the various concepts and techniques be patient, take your time and give each concept many attempts. Feel free to experiment, embellish or enhance the concepts and songs given into something you feel good about and enjoy the sound of. I truly hope this Fingerstyle Survival Guide gives you the essential tools and techniques necessary for improving your playing no matter what level you are currently at or whatever level you aspire to reach.