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Imagine gliding across the fretboard with the grace of a feather, your fingers dancing effortlessly over the strings. This isn’t magic; it’s the power of intentionality.

Our journey begins with a simple yet profound concept: the setup. It’s not just about holding your guitar; it’s about creating an environment where your entire body empowers your hands to move freely and naturally.

Why is this important?

Many guitarists struggle with fingerstyle because they focus on isolated movements, neglecting the bigger picture. This results in tension, fatigue, and a disconnect from the instrument’s natural flow.

By mastering the “setup,” we unlock the key to lightness, precision, and effortless expression. We’ll start by exploring the “large setup” – your body, legs, and the instrument’s position. Get ready to discover a world of possibilities where your hands can truly take flight!

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Imagine your right hand as the engine of your guitar playing. A malfunctioning engine sputters and stalls, limiting your potential. This is what happens when you start with the wrong setup. It’s like building a house on a shaky foundation – you’re destined for limitations from the get-go.

Here’s the truth: most guitarists unknowingly build bad habits with their right hand from the start. This sets a ceiling on their potential, leaving them frustrated and wondering why they can’t achieve their goals.

Most fingerstyle players unknowingly set their right hand in a way that inhibits movement. This leads to:

  • Struggle and strain: Your fingers become overworked, leading to fatigue and frustration.
  • Slow speeds: Forget lightning-fast runs; your technique simply can’t keep up.
  • Limited dynamics:  Your guitar’s voice remains muted and one dimensional.

But there’s hope! Mastering the right-hand setup is like installing a high-performance engine in your playing. It’s one of the single most important lessons you can learn on your fingerstyle journey.

Let’s take a closer look at the right hand setup.

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Now we transition from theory to practice with our first exercise. It might seem simple, but it lays the groundwork for your entire fingerpicking journey. It trains our fingers to use a precise movement based on their natural abilities. This forms the foundation of fingerstyle technique that will serve your music throughout your whole life. Every time you play it you become a better guitar player so let’s enjoy it!

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The last thing we have to discuss are three important rules for the setup of the left hand. These rules are a starting point, not an unbreakable law. As you gain experience, you may discover slight adjustments that feel more comfortable and natural for your unique hands and playing style. Always prioritize comfort paired with efficiency.

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INTRODUCING "THE WAVES"
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TO KICK-START THE BEGINNING OF YOUR PICKING JOURNEY

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A SINGLE-STRING PICKING MASTERY GUIDE

Welcome to this chapter where we dive into the fundamental movements essential for crafting beautiful melodies on the guitar. The process involves two simple steps. By the chapter’s end, you’ll not only learn but also enjoy brief, delightful compositions, applying everything you’ve gained in a musical context.

The principle of this exercise is very simple. We are going to reduce the movement we have already learned from 3 strings to 1 while keeping all the important aspects of the movement in place. This exercise might seem simple but is crucially important.

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EXPLORE THESE SHORT COMPOSITIONS

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FIRST STEP TOWARDS EFFORTLESS RIGHT HAND PATTERNS

Learning the right-hand patterns is crucial for fingerpicking on the guitar. So many people struggle due to improper setup and inefficient movements.

This exercise focuses on conditioning your hand for the correct setup and smooth movements. It’s the first step to achieving a light, precise, and fast right-hand technique.

By the end of this lesson, you will have laid the foundation for effortless right-hand pattern technique. Don’t forget to apply everything you’ve learned immediately in the charming compositions at the bottom of this page.
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