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Fingerpicking Fundamentals: Core Concepts for Beginning Fingerpickers

In this video Ian Wong of Learn Guitar Fast Tips explains some core fingerstyle concepts.

Even if you are not an absolute beginner, this is a great refresher.

  • In this video he cover the following:
  • 1. Essential Chord Shapes
  • 2. Range of motion for fingers on the chord hand
  • 3. Bass note positions for essential chords
  • 4. Essential terms
  • 5. Finger positions for plucking hand
  • 6. A few other important things

You will utilize many of the same skills, chords and finger positions in most of Ian's tutorials, so you will have a chance to get a lot of practice on fundamental functional skills that will allow you to play great sounding songs.

A strong foundation in your basics is essential for fast progress, so stay focused and don't give up.

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