It might take some time for a guitar player to start doing finger picking on an acoustic guitar. Most often a guitarist develops his or her own of finger picking. Whether it is a developed technique or learned from a guitar lesson, it is always a good practice to know the basic principles behind finger picking guitar styles.
There are numerous finger picking techniques like classical, Travis picking, chord melody and flamenco. A great way to learn this is by watching some of the greatest guitar soloists. There is a DVD called Essential Exercises for Finger Style Guitar(Check this DVD out) developed by three great guitarists, Mark Hanson, Pete Huttlinger and Al Petteway. This is one guitar resource that is full of information and is worthwhile having. Happy Traum also has some tutorials on Homespun Tapes(Click to see). Getting such learning aids can greatly enhance guitar playing techniques.
There is not one finger picking style that can represent what the technique is all about. The beginner guitarist need not know everything but can find one particular style that he or she can be comfortable with and that can produce good sounds. A folk guitar player may be able to play the patterns and scales well but the style he or she is used to may not be able to produce sounds like a classical guitarist. Thus, individual styles play an important role in finger picking. Continue reading