Fingerstyle technique is used in almost every genre and style of music, from timeless classical pieces to today’s top hits. Instead of strumming chords, pluck individual strings to “decorate” the harmony!
In this video, learn the basics of fingerstyle technique in under five minutes! Iren Arutyunyan is one half of Le Chic Guitar Duo and she has taught this technique to many budding guitarists. Iren uses PIMA fingerings throughout the demo (skip to 0:33 for a quick explanation) and then guides you through meters 2-8 with examples of how they fit into popular songs. At the end, she’ll show you how to bring it all together in the classic Beatles song, “Blackbird.”
Fingerstyle technique sure does look easy, but it will take time to master. We recommend playing along with the video, taking the time to pause, practice, and repeat the different segments. Most importantly, have fun!
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