Beginners Guitar Fingerpicking

From Zero to Guitar Fingerpicker in 30 days

What's Inside

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


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Patrick O'Malley

Teaching fingerpicking is my passion

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.

But why?

There is good reason for this.

  • Learning to strum chords takes a surprising amount of practice to create a nice sound
  • It's hard to sound good after a few days
  • But with fingerpicking, you hit each note individually and you can sound great after a few days
  • Students can play really nice pieces after a few days when fingerpicking
  • Because of this, students tend to STICK WITH IT - the real key!
  • I have seen this work, time and again with now 7000+ students

Why is this important for you?

When you want to learn the guitar, it matters hugely which course and teacher you pick.

The cost of getting this wrong isn’t that you lose out on $30-50, it is that the teaching may not stick for you and you may end up with a life where you never learn guitar, rather a life where picking up the guitar is a huge joy and pleasure for you, whether just on your own or playing with other musicians.

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.

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