Learning guitar fingerpicking definitely is one of the greatest ways to open up new possibilities for better acoustic guitar playing. However, most people especially the amateur guitarists tend to go with the things that feel easy to them instead of things that are right. And this is a bad mistake because it leads to inefficient, incorrect and problematic fingerpicking technique.
Main “Easy” Mistakes with Fingerpicking
It’s necessary to look at the mistakes caused by the tendency to play the “easy ways” instead of the “right ways” when it comes to fingerpicking. The mistakes are the following:
Poor finger choice
When a guitarist chooses to go the easy ways in fingerpicking, it is most likely for him to choose wrong finger. He chooses finger only based on what feels comfortable for him but not always the right finger. As a result, it leads t inefficient movements.
Incorrect picking hand position
When a guitarist plays the easy ways, he also tends to play the guitar in incorrect hand position. Usually, it is started with using the wrong angle when approaching the strings. In the end, it results in a position where the guitarist cannot get the necessary leverage to effectively pluck the string.
Inefficient movement is one of the worst mistakes that every acoustic guitarist should avoid. Not only does this movement cause poor hand-picking position but also bad guitarist sound and playing. For a professional, such movement is something that should be avoided in the first place.
Right Ways in Fingerpicking
Learning the main mistakes done by many guitarists is a start. The next step is to learn the right ways to do the guitar fingerpicking.
Good, logical and efficient finger choices
Fingerpicking has to be started with good, logical and efficient finger choices. Follow this guide for the right choices. Ring finger should play note on E (first string). Middle finger should play note on B (second string). Index finger should play note on G (third string). Thumb should play note on E, D, A (lower bass strings)
Right hand position
The right hand position is necessary when fingerpicking to make sure the string sounds fine and to keep the movement efficient. In this case, the hand and arm should be around 90° angle to the strings. This position helps guitarist to avoid bad fingerpicking technique. At the same time, it also helps to generate more power. What is needed to get the right position is to raise the wrist higher above strings.
Only the fingers move not the wrist and arm
What’s common is most guitarists play plectrum guitar during fingerpicking with their wrist and arms moving all the time. But this should not happen when fingerpicking an acoustic guitar because both wrist and arms should stay still. So, it is necessary to resist the urge to move wrist and arm.
By applying those “right techniques” and avoiding the “easy mistakes”, it is only a matter of time until you can do guitar fingerpicking correctly.