How to fingerpick on guitar

TGR350 How to fingerpick on guitar
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Beginner guitar: Switching from pick to fingers is one of the most dramatic changes you can make to your guitar tone, and it costs nothing. Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins and Joni Mitchell show the world of different tones you can get when you ditch the pick.  

The basic rule for fingerpicking is that your thumb plucks the three bass strings (E, A, and D) while your fingers take care of the rest. If this is your very first time fingerpicking, we’d suggest starting with just thumb and one finger. 

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