#1
Hi.

so, I've pretty much fallen in love with fingerstyle playing (blame McKee and D'Andrea). Anyways, I'm wondering what type of guitars are best suited for this style of playing, what songs I should try to learn (I'm currently just teaching myself to be able to drum with my right hand and play with my left, plus using slaps to set a rhythm etc), best way to get into this etc. I know its sort of a huge thing to try to tackle, but I'm very dedicated to the idea and would like some help getting off on the right foot.

thanks,

-zC
#2
go to youtube and look up "impossible guitar" Look for the guy with, I think, is a 10 string classical guitar, this is right up your alley mate. Look at his technique and it may give you some ideas.
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#3
get a classical guitar, and just start learning classical pieces, some good composers to check out are Tarrega, Sor, Ponce, Milan, Bach. Also, if you want to do drumming-esque stuff try to do some stuff by Rodrigo & Gabriela, check out their songs Diablo Rojo, Tamacun, and their cover of Orion
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#5
Basically youll need a nylon string (classical) guitar, you may even use a normal steel string guitar but it doesnt really suite fingerstyle-playing. Andee McKee used a steel string guitar in the song drifting[perhaps thats what inspired you], but it requires a lot of tapping etc etc which is not aadvisable for beginners. You can even play it on a nylon[well i can ] and if you are a beginner, stop slapping your guitar no really stop it.
#6
just get a good playable acoustic
or a good nylon, neither are expensive
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Basically youll need a nylon string (classical) guitar, you may even use a normal steel string guitar but it doesnt really suite fingerstyle-playing. Andee McKee used a steel string guitar in the song drifting[perhaps thats what inspired you], but it requires a lot of tapping etc etc which is not aadvisable for beginners. You can even play it on a nylon[well i can ] and if you are a beginner, stop slapping your guitar no really stop it.


Lol, I'm a beginner to the style, but I can finger pick and tap and multi-task fairly well. Been playing for a couple years now. So yeah. So basically, get a classical guitar and work my ass off? Any recommendations as far as specific guitars?
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Whats your price range? this admira is 459 RRP http://www.guitar.com.au/guitars/acoustic/admira/admira%20malaga_ing.html


About there. Somewhere in the 400 range probably. Honestly, I was thinking about a new acoustic (seagull, in theory) and then keep my old acoustic and putting nylons or steel on that and just learning on that instead of buying a classical, at least until I get good enough that I can buy a good classical guitar and have it be worth it.
#11
I honestly don't think you really want a nylon-stringed guitar. The stuff you're looking at playing isn't being played on a nylon guitar anyways. Unfortunately, putting nylon strings on a steel-string guitar doesn't really work either. An acoustic soundboard needs lots of tension for it to vibrate correctly and produce good tone. Nylon strings simply can't provide that tension.

You mentioned Seagull; their S6 is pretty much perfect for what you're looking for with how much you have to spend. The guitar has a cedar soundboard, which provides the warmer sound a lot of finger pickers look for, and the neck of their guitars are slightly wider, which suits fingerpicking better. It's a great value.

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I honestly don't think you really want a nylon-stringed guitar. The stuff you're looking at playing isn't being played on a nylon guitar anyways. Unfortunately, putting nylon strings on a steel-string guitar doesn't really work either. An acoustic soundboard needs lots of tension for it to vibrate correctly and produce good tone. Nylon strings simply can't provide that tension.

You mentioned Seagull; their S6 is pretty much perfect for what you're looking for with how much you have to spend. The guitar has a cedar soundboard, which provides the warmer sound a lot of finger pickers look for, and the neck of their guitars are slightly wider, which suits fingerpicking better. It's a great value.


I stongly agree with the first part of the sentence; the artists you mentioned don't make any or at least a significant use of the nylon string guitar, which is generally used most for classical/contemporary classical styles and for jazz efforts, though of course you can do whatever you want with it.

Given the information that you've supplied so far, mostly the artists, methinks a good steel string would be best for what you want to do; as roamingbard said, Seagulls are good guitars.

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#13
I agree with getting a Seagull, but don't switch to nylon. The artists and sound you mentioned doesn't reflect that at all. Put some Silk & Steel strings on a Seagull, and you have the best fingerpicking machine, in my opinion.
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#14
Shame on whoever said fingerstyle isn't suited to steel strings. That's just ignorant.

As for the original post; pretty much any guitar is good for fingerstyle. It's more about you and your preferences then the guitar. Get the Seagull, they rule. I want one, that's for sure.

As far as songs to learn to start you out, well, there's plenty. There's the holy trinity of highly popular fingerpicked songs. Tears In Heaven, Stairway To Heaven, and Nothing Else Matters. Get those down, and you may be able to jump up to something with a percussive beat along with the picking. Try John Mayer's "Stop This Train". Never really seen the tab or anything, but the song sounds like it suits your goals.
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go to youtube and look up "impossible guitar" Look for the guy with, I think, is a 10 string classical guitar, this is right up your alley mate. Look at his technique and it may give you some ideas.


Turns out I'm not the only one searching videos of "impossible guitar"

#16
you cant put nylon strings on a steel string acoustic guitar, and vice versa, too much pressure on the neck and stuff, especially if you put steel strings on a classical.

you dont need a classical to play fingerpick stuff, just look at mark knopfler, martin carthy, richard thompson, all are among the best fingerpickers out there and use steel strings. i bought a classical just cos i liked the sound difference between the two, but they play totally different. you can learn fingerpicking on any guitar though, but id probably say best with a steel string before you move to a classical as the classical necks are a lot fatter
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#17
Yep I reckon you can fingerpick on any guitar, allthough i now fingerpick on everything form electric to nylon guitar (i learnt to fingerpick on Banjo) & transfered the style somewhat, I quite often use all 4 fingers & double thumb. Trying to achieve a sort of 2 guitar sound. Lead & rythm.
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