How to Finger Pick: Guitar Fingerpicking Basics

So you want to learn how to finger pick guitar? Fingerpicking (or sometimes referred to as fingerstyle) guitar might feel a little bit tricky at first, but there are some easy to follow basics that can have you fingerpicking in no time!

Fingerpicking Hand Position

A correct fingerpicking hand position will use your thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers for picking. Your thumb will pluck the 6th (E), 5th (A), and 4th (D) strings (the top 3 strings). Your index finger will pluck the 3rd (G) string. Your middle finger will pluck the 2nd (B) string. Your ring finger will pluck the 1st (E) string.

Sometimes your fingers may pluck other strings (there are always exceptions) but this should be our default fingering position.

Here are pictures of correct […]

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