Confused fingerpicker help

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johnv31552

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I am confused with fingerpicking between Lisa and Caron. Lisa shows at the beginning using thumb and two fingers. Caron shows using thumb and three fingers for bass notes on the 4th string bass root such as D or F. Which is correct, or does it matter? I really want to learn, but I don't want to mess up and not use the correct number of fingers?? Anyone have guidance or am I overthinking this?

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I am confused with fingerpicking between Lisa and Caron. Lisa shows at the beginning using thumb and two fingers. Caron shows using thumb and three fingers for bass notes on the 4th string bass root such as D or F. Which is correct, or does it matter? I really want to learn, but I don't want to mess up and not use the correct number of fingers?? Anyone have guidance or am I overthinking this?

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Hi johnv,

Could you link the videos you're talking about? There are different styles of fingerpicking, and different ways to fingerpick depending on the song, etc.

Three techniques to fingerpicking:

General acoustic fingerpicking by Lisa: https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=596

Simplified Travis picking by Caren: https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1774

Country style finger picking by Anders: https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2073

The way you want to think about it is that they are different techniques. There's no universal way to fingerpick a song, each song is different and requires a bit of a tweak.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

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Hi johnv,

Could you link the videos you're talking about? There are different styles of fingerpicking, and different ways to fingerpick depending on the song, etc.

Three techniques to fingerpicking:

General acoustic fingerpicking by Lisa: https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=596

Simplified Travis picking by Caren: https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1774

Country style finger picking by Anders: https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2073

The way you want to think about it is that they are different techniques. There's no universal way to fingerpick a song, each song is different and requires a bit of a tweak.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.