Beginner Finger-Picking For Americana, Country, Folk and Songwriting!



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This Beginner Finger-Picking video introduces an easy, useful pattern that professional guitarists and songwriters use frequently. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac is a great example! Here’s a plan: 1) Memorize The Pattern; 2) Play It Slowly, watching your right-hand fingers carefully; 3) Gradually pick up speed while keeping your fingers relaxed (this is important!!) Lastly, judge your progress in terms of weeks, not days. Playing anything well on the guitar requires a LOT of repetition, more than you’d think, more than you’d prefer !! Stick with it! It’s worth it and you can do it !

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37 thoughts on “Beginner Finger-Picking For Americana, Country, Folk and Songwriting!

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    you're a fantastic teacher. And you do it all without the any graphics. You have a wonderful way of expelling. You also seem to take a lot of joy out of teaching. thank you.

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Hi Jonathan , can you give us a list of some songs that use this pattern please? Thank you for putting the time to teach us all !

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    So lets talk about finger nails. I'm finding much better tone when nails hit the strings but you don't appear to have nails ?

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    I am victor from the Bronx I am 57 and never played but watching your videos are so helpful thank you for keeping it simple

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Thank you John I've learned more guitar skills from just a minimal amount of watching your video lessons than I have watching literally dozens and dozens of other YOUTUBE videos on any beginner's guitar guide and lessons! Folks pay attention to this gentleman and subscribe!!! In my enthusiastic approach and timely research this guy is miles ahead and such a nice easy going teacher!

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    You are too great your aura… I think others here who are confusing will hate on you ???

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    The pattern is called the "alternating thumb roll" for anyone who cares…first roll you learn picking a banjo.

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Is the D pattern the same as the A minor?

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Hi Jonathan, keep up the good work, you inspired me and finger picking finally got into my head.
    I have been playing for about five or six years now, but you changed my vision of finger picking.
    Gilles Charron, Québec, Canada

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Watched about 50 videos on fingerpicking could not ,understand them this has been the most perfect one for learning Thank You

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    excellent lesson. full disclosure, i've come back to this a few times. I'll get to a point, think i'm doing excellent, then revisit this lesson and try to tighten up. Thanks very much for posting this.

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    From the bottom of my heart, thx Jonathan. That was awesome and motivstes me more than i ever thought.

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Thanks for this great video on finger style..Am a flat pickers and weak on using my fingers, but you expalin it so well in this video, Thanks again!!

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Thank you Jonathan for lifting the veil for me to have the confidence to begin fingerpicking guitar, which I have always wanted to learn and hope to do so now with a lot of practise. You are a gifted teacher godbless ?

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Thanks for the great lesson. It will be very helpful in getting started with finger picking.

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    really useful, thank you for your time 🙂

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Hello Mr. Jonathan indeed you the best Guitar tutor, you always takes your time to teach you the excellent.

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    17:10 finger picking doesn't work for rock? I have to disagree with you about that. I can shred, using finger picking patterns from bluegrass and folk. Twisting around the music you've learned over the years is how new music is created, and where your sound and style come from.

    On another thought, I think this is a great beginner lesson. I watch videos like this, looking for videos to send my nephew…. This is definitely getting sent to him.

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Thank you so much for these great lessons.

  • July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    I learned to play the Beatles song by listening to two different YouTube videos.
    I know the name of the song. Do you know what song I listened to?
    The video is called "TIGER WOODS TIGER WOODS-2"

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