http://www.creativeguitarstudio.com/ Search Andrew Wasson.com for FREE lesson Handouts. This Video: March 11, 2011 | Search Videos by Title/Date. GO TO: http://www.andrewwasson.com/ Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question... Q: I'm a little confused, because my first guitar teacher said that traditional American fingerpicking used the thumb and first two fingers. But, my new guitar teacher say's that the way to play proper fingerstyle is to use the thumb and first three fingers. They are both good teachers, but now I'm confused a bit. Overall, I'd like to get better with all three fingers & thumb -- so could you talk about a few exercises that I can practice to develop; thumb, index, middle and ring approach and maybe clear up the confusion about the conflicting statements by these two guitar teachers. - Dennis, Phoenix AZ. A: Your question compares the ideology of Classical technique to the traditional American fingerpicking technique. Classical technique requires the thumb, and first 3 fingers but traditional American fingerstyle only uses the thumb and first 2 fingers. When you listen to songs by; Merle Travis, Doc Watson, or John Hurt you'll get a traditional American approach, (that would be pretty tough to duplicate with the Classical technique). Now, for versatility -- it sounds like you want to step up to using the three finger technique from the Classical players. And, to move you in that direction I've created a series of excellent simple exercises that you can practice to do just that! The complete lesson article for this video will be available on the Creative Guitar Studio website shortly. Follow me on Twitter for lesson posting announcements: http://twitter.com/andrewwasson ____________________________________ The NEW Zazzle Products page: http://www.zazzle.com/creativeguitarstudio/gifts ____________________________________ Andrew's Official Q & A Guitar Blog Website: http://www.andrewwasson.com (the weekly Podcast is posted here) Andrew's "Video GuitarBlog" YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/guitarblogupdate The Creative Guitar Studio Website: http://www.creativeguitarstudio.com/ Follow Andrew on Blogspot: http://creativeguitarstudio.blogspot.com/ Follow on Twitter for new lesson announcements: http://twitter.com/andrewwasson MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/andrewwasson Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Wasson/76585035288 _____________________________________
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