Strategy One, Place Bass Note First

With most guitar strumming and picking techniques, the bass note is the first note that gets played in the context of the chord and the rhythm within a song.

Therefore, whenever possible, it makes sense to prioritize getting that note placed first, and letting your other fingers follow closely behind. VERY closely behind.

Important: in some of the demonstrations in this set of lessons, I move my "bass note" finger first, and pull my other fingers out of the way so that you can clearly see what I am doing.

However, that "pulling away" motion is for demonstration purposes only!

Ultimately, you always want to keep your fingers as close to the fingerboard as possible, and watch NOT to develop a habit of letting them pull away from the neck. That will only end up costing you time, and orientation, as you go.