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Watch the Fingerstyle Foundations online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Principles

In this section, Tommy Emmanuel presents an extraordinarily effective method for learning how to play fingerstyle from the ground up. Tommy discusses and demonstrates key techniques including thumbpicks, tunings, types of fingerstyle, finger and thumb independance, palm mutes, syncopated chords and arpeggios, melody and other foundational techniques. Tommy also guides you through several etudes for you to practice with.

TIP! A great way to stay excited about practicing something is if it starts to actually sound like the lesson. This is accomplished by getting down the technique, working it up to speed and so on. BUT, it is also important to try and get as close as you can to the sound and the tone of the instructor's guitar. They have been dialing in their tone for years so it makes sense to try and emulate what they are doing. Take your time and tweak on your amp - listen to what their guitar sounds like and get yours as close to that as you can. This will actually make your playing sound better to your ear and give you more confidence!