Introducing the “up-and-down” fingerstyle approach – a new guitar technique designed to get you playing faster than ever

Gio Guido playing fingerstyle guitar
(Image credit: Gio Guido/YouTube)

Throughout history, the guitar has passed through the hands of countless six-string pioneers who have all contributed to the lore of the instrument, from Eddie Van Halen’s two-hand tapping to Steve Vai’s joint shifting and beyond.

Yet the players of today continue to prove there is still so much to be discovered on the instrument. First, it was Donn Aaron’s bubble harmonics technique. More recently, it was Thiago Trinsi’s alternate hybrid picking approach.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.