Fingerstyle Guitar Essentials


This course focuses on the classical and fingerstyle guitar techniques as they apply to accompaniment and the chord melody solo style. The material covered here is ideal for the guitarist who wishes to learn how to add more interest and independence of parts with right hand technique.

Developing and learning a fingerstyle technique on the guitar leads toward being able to play two or more moving parts while keeping the melody in the top voice. This can be used to develop your own solo arrangements without the need to read complex written notation. Virtually every guitarist will have some degree of fingerstyle ability. Getting a grip on the chord melody style and fingerstyle technique for guitar is really essential in gaining a deeper understanding of how the guitar can be used more effectively as both a solo and accompaniment instrument.

What You'll Learn

  • 1 Technique for the Right Hand
  • 2 Resting the Thumb and Fundamentals of R.H. technique
  • 3 Stability and Double Stop Attacks I and M
  • 4 P I M I and Thumb Rest Stroke
  • 5 Fingerstyle Home Position
  • 6 Fingerstyle Hand Position
  • 7 Fingerstyle Slash Bass
  • 8 Root Claw RH Technique
  • 9 Fingerstyle Claw Technique
  • 10 Connecting Chords with Passing Tones
  • 11 E, A and D Inversions with Open Basses
  • 12 I to IV in E, Descending Inversions and Creating Melodic Lines
  • 13 Adding Melodic Interest to First Position chords in Gmaj