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Old 11-23-2020, 05:21 AM
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As an alternative to Mark Hanson's methods I recommend Ulli Boegershausen's "Fingerstyle guitar".
https://www.amazon.com/Fingerstyle-G.../dp/3869475773
Or you could order on his site direct. I got signed copies.
https://www.boegershausen.com/os2/pr...products_id=72

I have started fingerstyle with his (german) books Vom Anfang an 1+2, and "Fingerstyle guitar" seems to be pretty similar.

You can get an idea about his style of teaching from his online workshop.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb_4...CC367E4F637EB5
Very clear plan with gradual progression.

I preferred Ulli's method over Mark Hanson's, probably also because I liked the IHMO more melodic pieces better.
The final pieces include "It could have been" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umxQmJ1nqv0 to get an idea.
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:35 PM
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A fellow AGF member has some finger style books listed in the classifieds (post yesterday).
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Old 11-27-2020, 11:02 PM
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The first and forth videos would be more travis picking style. Alternating bass strings with the thumb. The middle two are jazz solo style, I would say. None ore super fast, so they are with in reach of people not amazingly skilled. I bookmarked the two middle ones.

"My only question--how do I get better at arpeggiating chords in that exaggerated jazzy way he is displaying ? "

Practice, practice, practice. You need to work up to having finger independence. It's not at all easy, to begin with. Maybe a bit easier for you right handed folk, but as a lefty, playing right, it takes some real hours going slow and building up over time.

Let me know how the books you chose work out.
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Old 11-28-2020, 05:21 AM
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I began fingerstyle like this...to start (and this will change)...the thumb covers the 6,5,4 string and the first finger on the third string, ring finger on the 2 string, third finger on the high E. Keep the pinky off of the soundboard as it is a habit that is really hard to break. Stabilizing the hand like this restricts your movement more than you think. In the beginning I remeber saying "I'm never going to be able to do this"...but I did and it is comfortable now. Later, I got professional instruction...my first lesson went like this..."let me see what you know, play something fingerstyle". After, he said..."lets get your pinky off of the soundboard". It made a big difference...as did a good teacher/mentor.
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Old 11-28-2020, 07:05 AM
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Yeah, much better to have a “footing” by resting the thumb on a bass string than to rest the little finger on the guitar top, and it’s the same story with another finger providing footing for the thumb on the trebles. You can rest on the guitar top when you want bass/trebles to ring, although that’s what free strokes (no support) are for.
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...ring finger on the 2 string...
Sorry to nitpick, Don, but you meant to say middle finger there, didn’t you?
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Old 11-28-2020, 10:26 AM
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Yeah, much better to have a “footing” by resting the thumb on a bass string than to rest the little finger on the guitar top, and it’s the same story with another finger providing footing for the thumb on the trebles. You can rest on the guitar top when you want bass/trebles to ring, although that’s what free strokes (no support) are for.

Sorry to nitpick, Don, but you meant to say middle finger there, didn’t you?
Yep...got my fingers mixed up / thanks
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Old 11-28-2020, 09:50 PM
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"Yep...got my fingers mixed up"

That happens when you are trying to learn this stuff, too.
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This is what I started with: https://markhansonguitar.com/product...-online-audio/

Have fun!
All of Mark Hansons books are a great place to start as long as you have some basic foundation.
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Old 12-01-2020, 01:41 AM
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"Finger picking" and "fingerstyle" are very different. Finger picking is a methodology, where as fingerstyle is, like the name suggests, an entirely different style of playing the guitar.

For finger picking, there are tons of good guides, like the ones suggested previously in this thread. For fingerstyle, on the other hand, I can't think of any suitable guide. It is more of a subjective exploration of the guitar that can't really be taught. There are not rules to adhere to. No finger is assigned any string.

Although I'm an amateur fingerstyle player, here are two examples of typical fingerstyle covers (where bass, melody, accompaniment and percussion are all played)

https://youtu.be/oVvFpXlKW_s

https://youtu.be/LiC0Z4vemyI
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Old 12-07-2020, 07:37 AM
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All of Mark Hansons books are a great place to start as long as you have some basic foundation.
Contemporary Travis Picking can get someone who has never fingerpicked started as it starts with the most basic patterns. Not so for Art of Solo Fingerstyle. Best to have completed most or all of the material in CTP or something similar before tackling the material there.
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