#1
I keep getting confused on how to play something like this


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--------7-------7---------7/8-7/8-------7-------7-----------
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--------5-------5---------5/6-5/6-------5-------5-----------
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Because of the space in the middle, can anyone explain this to me? Do we pick both notes with our fingers or do we mute the string in between and strum, or what?
#2
Those are octaves, which, unless they are in a song where the rest of it is mostly fingerpicked, you should just mute the in-between string with one of your fingers that is holding down one of the strings that you're supposed to be playing. Then you just strum through it
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