Finger Picking (Flamenco Style)

Discussion in 'Guitar Lessons, Tutorials & Tips' started by DesiPride143, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. DesiPride143

    DesiPride143 BEHAVE!

    Hello every1, well i have been passionate about flamanco style music and the biggest concern for learning flamanco style guitar is to finger pick good and fast. i have been doing these exercises with the basic chords on my Classical and my Steel Sting Guitar. Let me hand out the basics to you..need a guitar :p: well, accoustic will be fine, classical will be great. anyways, you will be using a lot of right hand so this is what i want you to do, memorize the fingers...huh? yes, that's right memorize ur fingers and where they are place on the strings..first of all, fingers used for the first exercise: i = index finger, m = middle finger, a = ring finger. so......
    T = Thumb
    i = Index finger or first finger
    m = middle finger
    a = ring finger or the third finger
    p = Pinky

    Exercise 1:
    Now, u want to place ur (i) finger on the G string, (m) finger on the B String, and (a) finger on the e sting...and slowly i just want you to pluck 'em open..starting slow and then increase ur speed when u start to feel comfortable..look at the diagram below to get the it only this way for now...

    Exercise 2:
    well, now we will be working, up and down so listen carefully, place ur fingers in the style i have stated in Exercise 1. (i) = G string, (m) = B sring, and (a) = e sting...look at the diagram below to follow and practice....and as i said, start off slow and speed up as u feel comfortable. and practice until u r perfect at it....


    Exercise 3:
    Use of thumb..well, my friends, i m introducing the thumb in this exercise...and this is how it's done...the thumb only plays the base note..u do know what a base note is? right? look at the diagram below...
    practice!!!! it's not that easy, ur fingers have to memorize the stings be4 u can move u need to keep on practicing until u r perfect....


    Exercise 4:
    okay, this is what every1 has been waiting for..i have created a pattern of chords to play..Don't get scared...if you know the basic chords and u have mastered the exercises above then u shouldn't have any problems with this...
    Chords USed: C, Am, G, Dm
    C = 0 3 2 0 1 0
    Am = 0 0 2 2 1 0
    G = 3 2 0 0 0 3
    Dm = X X 0 2 3 1
    Remember Ur finger picking style...
    This is how it is done (t) = A string, (don't play D sting, but if you want u can with the (t)), (i) =G string, (m) = B string, and (a) = e string..




    Keep on practicing...C X 4, Am X 4, G X2, Dm X2...
    Will come back, when u guyz have mastered this piece here...

  2. skaw

    skaw snooze

    what finger do you use to play the D strign then ?
  3. DesiPride143

    DesiPride143 BEHAVE!

    u use ur thumb to play E, A, an D...
  4. waheedkhatri

    waheedkhatri New Member

    Nice Tips Man, this style looks very professional, though i have been tryng to play lke this, havnt been sucessful, now i think through this i can learn, but i have one Q, do we have to play through our Nails or through Tips????, coz some ppl have MOTI fingures, as compare to the gape b/w two strings........then it becomes difficult for them to play,
    by the Way im the left handed guitarist, n wonna improve ma Rhytm, can u please give me some tips???????
  5. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    Nice thread desi, but fingerpicking aint my style:p:
  6. DesiPride143

    DesiPride143 BEHAVE!

    @waheed...well, if you have nails that's great u can use them...if you don't then just use the tip of the fingers...and if ur fingers are too thick then u can buy finger picks...what do u mean by rythm....u mean playing chords...or leads?

    @disturbed...yea i hear u but u should try's fun..u can make fast and it will sound so good...
  7. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    Hmm, i'll take your word for it.....ok, i'll try it bro:)
  8. DesiPride143

    DesiPride143 BEHAVE!

    now that's the spirit!!!


    Hey Man Cool TUtorial Im looking forward to read the Next one u ll post ! man Im HelL Physco About Finger style Guitaring ..
    can u tell me the Source @ web site or any other ... ...
  10. waheedkhatri

    waheedkhatri New Member


    @Desi i meant playing Chords
  11. malaguena

    malaguena New Member

    Nice stuff desi!

    hi Desi! I am a new member here.. Good to know there is someone who likes flamenco style guitar.. I know a few flamenco stuffs, may be we exchange...
  12. kaiser

    kaiser Bored

    dude....this is a good post, for beginners...sure u said ull post more. but i cant wait. theres this thing i wanna know...

    the exercise u what ive found all over the net. all fingerpicking exercises emphasize on chords.....arpeggios.

    now suppose, we were playing a tune on just one string...say the 1st E, u wudnt use ur ring finger wud u? its really difficult.....

    now what fingerpicking pattern wud u make use of in this case?
  13. Subhro

    Subhro Argentina lost :"(

    Awesome tips bro !

    Hi Desi..

    I am a new member.. ur tips were awesome.. :rock: plz post some more of this type..
    bye. tk cre
  14. DesiPride143

    DesiPride143 BEHAVE!

    well, it depends what r u playing on that E string...let's say it's a solo than u ccan actaully use ur index and ur middle finger to play it.....but dat part comes later on....this is just the beginning
  15. DesiPride143

    DesiPride143 BEHAVE!

    sure bro,,,but i m not that professional...but do u have any tips for our fellow IGTians....
  16. DesiPride143

    DesiPride143 BEHAVE!

    sorry guyz...will post some a day or two...
  17. kaiser

    kaiser Bored

    well then my friend, im anxious to know the 'dat part comes later' stuff.

    if you got it then post it man!!!

    it's be great.....

  18. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    I just tried out lessons bro@aziz, man it's hard, but they're damn good lessons:) We want more:)
  19. DesiPride143

    DesiPride143 BEHAVE!

    i'll write it,,,when i go to work...aproximataley in 5 more hours...;)
  20. mathai

    mathai Mathai Learns To Rock

    time of your life(green day) - finger picking

    i painfully arranged all the pima stuff and tabs and then guess
    what happened,while submitting reply my internet connection got disconnected and evrything is gone... got mad:mad:
    thats why im sending it as an attachment
    hope this will help you guys

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