#1
is there a technique to finger picking solos?

i was told that when you're just finger picking a guitar in general, the thumb is assigned to strings 6, 5, and 4, while fingers 1, 2, and 3 are assigned to strings 3, 2, and 1 respectively. and that finger 4 isn't used. (which is fine with me, because i have little to no control over my right pinky finger at the moment.. lol)

so that's how i've been playing... but when i run into a solo, or say i just try playing a scale by finger picking (which i can do just fine with a flat pick), i get confused. halp?
#3
but not all songs allow for you to pause and switch to a pick when the solo comes in. =P
#5
The advice you were given is an extreme generalisation, really applicable to arpeggio style accompaniment only, even then it's a generalisation.
Classical and fingerstyle technique is far more involved and beyond the scope of this thread. Check out advice, in person, from a competent teacher.
Last edited by R.Christie at Dec 23, 2008,
#6
Quote by tylerj26
is there a technique to finger picking solos?

i was told that when you're just finger picking a guitar in general, the thumb is assigned to strings 6, 5, and 4, while fingers 1, 2, and 3 are assigned to strings 3, 2, and 1 respectively. and that finger 4 isn't used. (which is fine with me, because i have little to no control over my right pinky finger at the moment.. lol)

so that's how i've been playing... but when i run into a solo, or say i just try playing a scale by finger picking (which i can do just fine with a flat pick), i get confused. halp?


this is the method i use which is Picado:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picados
#7
Dude check out Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing solo. Mark Knophler picks the entire solo by using his fingers.
#8
I can handle it just fine, but then again i play kind of a clunky blues style...
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#9
If you want to solo with your fingers do it. I'm currently learning the Sultans of Swing solo with by fingerpicking, but I've been playing with both fingerpicking and with a pick since I started playing.

If you want to play a scale you can either try playing it like a bassplayer or with 3 fingers, or the way you said earlier.
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