In this student spotlight lesson, I am going to help Alan with his fingerpicking technique and strumming.
The first thing I will focus on is the fingerpicking technique. As you can see in the video, Alan's is pulling his fingertips upward with sort of a clawing motion that is very common when someone is first learning to play fingerstyle.
I will demonstrate the proper angle that you need to pluck the strings not only to create a nice tone, but also allow the fingers to relax and get back into a proper position quickly.
After all of that, I will explain what I feel is the most important thing to practice in order to develop a solid strumming hand whether you use a pick or your fingertips (like Alan does).
The key is to keep that momentum moving in the strumming hand. That up/down motion is what creates the overall feel of the music no matter what strumming pattern you play.
I hope this helps Alan! I would love to see a progress video!
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