#1
That's something I'm really having a hard time making my mind on!
Which one do you prefer? Finger or picked acoustic blues?

Personally I'm a big fan of the pick. Simple reason, I'm coming from the electric.
On the other hand, finding lessons and acoustic blues played with a pick is harder!

I really like seeing someone play with his fingers, delta style but I can't even play a simple rhythm, I'm finger ******ed.
I also love acoustic blues played with a pick... Boogies, etc...

Is this something you had to work on a while to get?
Should I start learning finger style on it's own and then learn finger style blues?
#2
It just takes practice, if your interested give it an honest try. I found these books really helpful

Beginning Acoustic Blues Geutar - Lou Manzi
Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar - Arnie Berle and Mark Galbo

The first book is a real beginners book(not sure what your level is), the second book is more if you are new to fingerpicking.

I maninly use a pick when I play my electric and fingerstyle on my acoustic.
#3
it depends on what kind of blues you're playing. piedmont and old school country blues is played fingestyle. lots of what was recorded in the 60s and 70s was played with a pick i like 'em all.

i learned fingerstyle before i learned to strum, but not all fingerpicking is alike. i learned classical as well as some travis and other picking styles when i was a kid (11 - 14), yet there are still patterns i have to work at to nail.

i'd suggest learning very easy fingerpicking to start - you know, alternate thumb on E string, then all three fingers together, thumb on A string, all three fingers together, repeat. you can play tons of songs like that. when you have that, thumb on E string, finger 1, finger 2, finger 3, thumb on A, finger 1, finger 2, finger 3, repeat. where i say E and A string, for some chords it would actually be A and D string, but each of your fingers is assigned its own string.

if that doesn't make sense (god knows i'm not a teacher!), i can make a quick recording for you.
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#4
You might give "hybrid picking" a shot to start out. The thumb and index are holding the pick, and the middle and ring are free to use finger style.

This approximates a three finger style, (2 fingers & thumb), which used in both country and blues idioms.

Full classical finger picking, as you doubtless know, uses 3 fingers & the thumb.

Hybrid picking leaves you with the dynamic expressiveness of a pick, and the broader intervals at your disposal with the finger picking style.

Richard Thompson, (formerly of "Fairport Convention"), rips the place up with this technique, over a variety of musical styles.
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