Below is the lesson for “Fingerpicking Etude no. 4” by Rock Class 101.
This etude is a great study for understanding dynamics and breaking out of the “comfort zone” (frets 1-5) by utilizing the entire neck for fingerpicking chords. The melody kicks off with a unique fingerstyle technique that I like to call: the flick. This technique uses the nails of the middle finger and thumb to attack a single string note; yielding a louder and brighter tone than what is achieved by traditional fingerpicking (using the flesh of the finger). This attack is just one example of how you can use dynamics to make a piece more unique and interesting.
This piece also focuses on using the CAGFD Method for playing chords in multiple positions throughout the neck. You will be plucking 2 strings at once or using a 3 finger approach to fingerpick these moving chords.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson