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  • Finger Picking

    Posted by BillDar on August 23, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Help I’m stuck! I’m having a problem on the finger picking speed challenge. To me it seems impossible to keep my index finger on the first fret and fret the 4th with my pinky. My fingers and hand just don’t seems to be able to align like Tony’s and he makes it look so easy. How can I get unstuck at this point and be able to learn this challenge to move on? Finger picking is what I really want to focus my playing on.

    Cadgirl replied 2 years, 9 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    August 23, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Hi @BillDar , I would suggest that you move the “exercise pattern” up to the 5th fret or even the 7th fret and give go from there👍

  • Loraine

    August 23, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I agree with @Bill_Brown . Capo on the 5th fret and retry the exercise. That’s what I did, because I have such small hands. It makes it easier. As you get better, move the capo to the 3rd fret and practice. Eventually you may be able to do it with open strings. Good luck and have fun with it!

  • Cadgirl

    August 24, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Stretch those fingers. The problem isn’t your fingers, they have to be trained to move in positions that they have never had to do before. Yeah, I agree Tony makes it looks easy, but he’s been doing it for a lot of years. I have a beautiful full size Martin that I rarely play because it’s HUGE! It’s just so hard to get my fingers around the neck on it. My advice would be to pick up a smaller guitar. 3/4 or 1/2 size? You could get a used smaller guitar just to use for practicing on. A classical 1/2 size with nylon strings for practice, easy on the fingers, easy to see what you are doing. If it is easier to use, you’ll find you’ll play more. You have to practice, but the goal is to play and enjoy. Good luck.

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