#1
No idea what it is called, but it sort of looks like a claw when you use your thumb to play the bassline and index/middle/ring to play the other part of the chord.

New to jazz guitar and fingerpicking, so I'd like to ask a few questions:

1. Do you use your nails to pluck the strings when you "claw"?
2. Do you use your fingertips to fingerpick or do you use your finger pads
#2
I use finger pad I guess, I go a little bit past the finger tip so I can pull the strings kind of hard to make an accentuated poping noise, but experiment with it to see what works best for you there is no correct way....
#3
there are generally 3 ways;

1: pick all the strings with the pads of your fingers, doing this will give you a softer tone but will make more complex things more difficult.

2: pick with your nails, this will give you a sharper and more defined tone and will make complex patterns easier

3: you can also play "hybrid" using a pick for the bass notes and fingers for the treble (using either pads or nails)

it's all a matter of taste, personally i switch between 1 and 3(with pads) depending on what sound i want.

Edit: i assume you will be comping or at most using a walking bass, you wont do doing any complex arpeggios.
Last edited by MapOfYourHead at Nov 7, 2009,