I recently ran a poll asking you guys what you wanted to learn most on the guitar, and guitar picking came in a dead tie with strumming (both at 26%) and seeing as I’ve already done some lessons on strumming, I figured it was time to even the score and get one in on picking too.
Nothing special going on here – basically this just takes a bit of coordination and PRACTICE.
If you really want to learn guitar picking, and it certainly is a cool skill to have, you have to sit there and practice. I can remember going over these patterns for hours when I started guitar picking, working hard to get every single note nice and clear. If you’re still working on getting your chords sounding good, this can be a great way to practice getting a clear sound out of each string.
Start with the first pattern I show you in the lesson, basically picking your root note of the chord, then the top three strings in order ( 3 – 2 – 1). So for the G chord you’d pick the strings in this order: 6 – 3 – 2 – 1.
The root of the C chord is on the 5th string, so you’d pick that chord in this order: 5 – 3 – 2 – 1.
The root of the D chord is on the 4th string, so you’d pick that chord in this order: 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.
You get the picture. Watch the guitar picking lesson, and if you have any questions, leave a comment below the video.
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