Play the most common guitar chords in a fingerpicking styleBe able to play a bassline with your thumb at the same time as playing a melody with your fingers
Understand how to break down fingerpicking patterns into the bass/thumb and the melody/fingers and how to practice building up the component parts
Read tablature and play along to a metronome
Have a formula for composing your own fingerpicking patterns
Play in alternate bass, travis picking and clawhammer styles
My name is Patrick O'Malley and I have taught 14 thousand students to go from never having picked up a guitar before to being really accomplished players. Over the years, I have experimented and realized that there is a way to teach students that seems like starting with what many would believe to be a ‘complex’ or ‘advanced’ style – fingerpicking using the thumb and three fingers – is actually the best way for a complete beginner to learn.
There is good reason for this.
When you want to learn the guitar, it matters hugely which course and teacher you pick.
For a complete beginner, there is no more effective and no more enjoyable, musical and confidence building way than to start with a couple of chords and a fingerpicking technique. For intermediate and advanced players, there is no better way to learn rhythms, polyrhythms, voicing, composition and melody than to play in a modern acoustic fingerpicking style.