For me personally, I can hear a popular song performed by many different talented artists and many times my favorite version is by the artist that used finger picking in their arrangement. Finger style guitar is just very attractive to me. I’m not sure exactly why it is, but it just is! Like every red blooded boy in my early days, I loved the Beatles and tried to learn as many of their songs as I could. However, the songs that had the most appeal to me or really stood out were those that employed finger picking. For example the first time I heard Black Bird, I just had to learn how to finger pick that song.
Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, Jim Croce, Paul Simon, James Taylor and others that often use finger style guitar work. If you are like me, and you find yourself ‘drawn to that kind of sound’, and you really want to learn finger picking too, please believe me when I say, you can learn to do it too.
Just realize this – they had to learn to finger pick when they started, so you can learn just like those artists did. Just like I did! Trust me, if I can learn finger picking so can you. I say this because in all honesty, my abilities at finger picking are more the result of shear determination rather then natural raw talent. So I know that you can learn finger picking too! BUT you are going to need to be determined enough to do so. So please… really put that in your mind!
Lets summarize what we’ve covered so fare. There are two things that I want to help you to realize.
1. – If you learn how to finger pick your guitar, it will certainly be worth the effort it takes to do so.
2 – I can help you to learn finger picking your guitar and it won’t cost you anything but your time and effort.
That is, I can help you but only if you really want to learn. You have to really want it. I mean you really have to have that desire to learn how to finger pick. Finger picking guitar is more complicated, and therefore, much more difficult and challenging to learn than just strumming or simply using a flat pick. Many people begin to learn but end up giving up, especially when learning to finger pick when using plastic finger picks. As I explained before this has been my experience over the years. So you are going to need that motivation and I’m trying to help give that to you. I don’t want you to give up like those others. This is why I want to impress upon you WHY you should learn finger picking guitar. I’m trying to give you “reasons” to want to learn finger style. So before we get into HOW to learn, let me give you some more reasons WHY you should learn finger style.