Category Archive for: ‘Fingerstyle’

Finger Picks - 7 Popular Finger Picks to Clarify Your Fingerpicking

7 Popular Finger Picks to Clarify Your Fingerpicking

Finger picks brighten and clarify your fingerpicking. Using the flesh of your fingers to individually pick the strings usually creates a muted and muddy sound. But by attaching a plectrum to the end of each picking finger, each note is picked with added power and brightness – cutting through more clearly. In classical guitar, guitarists often grow out their natural …

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Binge-Watch Some Tommy Emmanuel: Complete San Francisco Workshop 2014

Binge-Watch Some Tommy Emmanuel: Complete San Francisco Workshop 2014

Tommy Emmanuel is widely hailed as the best acoustic guitar player in the world. He’s got a cult following around the world.  And, certainly, we’re a tiny bit obsessed here at The Guitar Journal. So, imagine the delight upon finding that a generous YouTube user (thank you!) posted full recordings of Tommy’s 2014 San Francisco Workshop. Prepare to binge watch …

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The 10 Best Effects Pedals for Fingerstyle Guitar (Yes, We Use Pedals Too.)

The 10 Best Effects Pedals for Fingerstyle Guitar (Yes, We Use Pedals Too.)

Effects pedals for fingerstyle guitar? Yes. Definitely. Acoustic guitar is typically a minimalist business.  The truth, however, is that even a simple acoustic set up can benefit from a reverb, a stompbox tuner, a light delay….the list goes on. Everything in Moderation Some of the classic fingerstyle players like Chet Atkins or Doc Watson avoided effects pedals or didn’t have …

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Top 25 Fingerstyle Guitar Players

Top 25 Fingerstyle Guitar Players

I’m not sure it’s possible to definitively say who are THE best 25 fingerstyle guitar players in the world.  But I’m gonna try. Here are the top 25 fingerstyle guitar players, presented in alphabetical order.  I couldn’t bring myself to try to rank them. In fact, I’m not sure that’s even possible.  But even with that disclaimer, it’s very likely …

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Tommy Emmanuel Cascading Harmonics

Cascading Harmonics

Cascading harmonics are a technique that combines alternatively plucking harmonics and open strings to create a harp-like effect. It’s a great technique that provides another shade of color to your playing palette. I was inspired to practice this technique by a Tommy Emmanuel video YouTube. There’s a series of videos from his 2013 Master Class in San Francisco, click here …

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