#1
When playing the different open chords, or anything in fingerstyle for that matter, how do you tell which strings to pluck in which order?
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#3
Quote by Cloudkicker
When playing the different open chords, or anything in fingerstyle for that matter, how do you tell which strings to pluck in which order?
Oy vay. There are actually some books around that give many different picking patterns. Arguably, this could be helpful for giving an opportunity to practice, and to avoid slipping into your own style, which unfortunately sometimes leads to a rut.

Beyond that, if you're trying to sing along with your guitar, it helps to be aware of the melody note, and pick it when you're singing that note. It's probably cheating a bit, but picking a different note than the melody can lead your vocals astray, especially if you're a beginner.
#5
If you are learning a artists song and want to play it as they do then there are three ways you can go about;

Tabulature

Sheet music (or a music book) that requires you learn to read music and learn the notes on your fretboard. Learning to read notes in music is not terribly hard and starts you on your way to learning theory.

By ear (listening very closely to the song) This is good for developing your ear and gets easier in time.
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#6
Number four, someone could show you how to do it.
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