3 Fingerpicking Exercises Guaranteed To Make Your Playing Sound More Musical

by Simon Candy

 

Fingerpicking Dynamics Video ImageIn this video, I am going to show you the best fingerpicking exercises to make your playing sound pro.

Fingerpicking things well on a technical level does not equal you sounding musical.

Developing technique is important, but once you have the mechanics of something down, it’s time to work with fingerpicking drills that make your playing sound more musical.

In this lesson, I show you 3 ways to achieve this.

• Fingerpicking Exercise 1: Finger Independence

In the first fingerpicking drill, I show you a great way to gain control over each individual finger as they pluck the strings, enabling you to bring more dynamic to your sound.

• Fingerpicking Exercise 2: Falling Off The Cliff

In this fingerpicking drill, I show you one way to increase the dynamic range at which you can fingerpick your guitar. Dynamics is the difference between sounding musical verses sounding technical with your playing.

• Fingerpicking Exercise 3: Increasing/Decreasing The Volume

In this final drill, I show you another very effective way to increase you dynamic range. Dynamic range can be thought of as how soft to how loud you can fingerpick.

If you’ve ever felt like you’re fingerpicking doesn’t sound musical, that what you are playing doesn’t sound like the recording, these exercises will help.

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

 

Fingerpicking Dynamics

Fingerpicking Dynamic Drill 1: Finger Independence

The following drill has you accenting your index finger (i) throughout: 

 

Fingerpicking Dynamic Exercise 1

 

The following drill has you accenting your middle finger (m) throughout: 

 

Fingerpicking Dynamic Exercise 2

 

The following drill has you accenting your ring finger (a) throughout: 

 

Fingerpicking Dynamic Exercise 3

 

The following drill has you accenting your thumb (p) throughout: 

 

Fingerpicking Dynamic Exercise 4

 

Fingerpicking Dynamic Drill 2: Falling Off The Cliff

When playing the following drill alternate plucking strings as hard as you can with as soft as you can:

 

Fingerpicking Dynamic Exercise 5

 

Fingerpicking Dynamic Drill 3: Increasing/Decreasing The Volume

When playing the following drill gradually increase your attack so you are getting louder and louder, before bringing the volume back down again:

 

Fingerpicking Dynamic Exercise 6

 

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