FingerpickingSince fingerpicking requires the use of more than one finger on the right hand it can be a little more difficult than simple strumming. It’s really not that hard to do though and the results are well worth the practice it takes to get comfortable with it. In my style of playing I use the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. The middle finger always plays the 1st string; the index finger usually plays only the 2nd string (sometimes the 3rd); the thumb always plays the 3rd and 4th strings but can also play the 2nd string, just depending on what’s going on in the song at the time. You can play fingerpicking patterns as accompaniment while you sing instead of strumming, or you can mix it up by strumming in some places in a song and fingerpicking in other places. Pay special attention to the right hand fingering at the bottom of the tablature (T=Thumb, I=Index, M=Middle). Click on the PLAY VIDEO buttons for a video example of how to play each pattern.
ClawhammerAs you play the bum-ditty, keep in mind that in addition to playing the melody you are also strumming the chords, much like a rhythm guitar player plays chords. Be sure to pay careful attention to the chord changes that are written on top of the tablature. Most of the time the melody notes will be within the chord that you should be playing at the time, but sometimes you will need to move away from a particular chord position for certain notes. The strum is accomplished using the back of the fingernail of one finger only -- either the middle finger or the index finger. Try it both ways and pick the one that suits you best. The thumb should automatically go to the top string (4th string) as the strum is being made, all in the same motion. Except for the bending at the wrist, the hand is basically held rigid. The technique for playing the single strings is basically the same as the beginning of the strum.
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