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Fingerpicking For BEGINNERS-Play Guitar In 12 Minutes!

October 15, 2019


We’re going to learn beginner basic
guitar this is the very first lesson
I’m going to show you how to do this i’ts a very basic fingerstyle pattern that’s
used in a lot of songs- many many songs if you
know this pattern you could be able to play a lot of
different songs just by knowing that one finger pattern on the right hand. So
three things you need to be able to do this lesson Number one, you need a guitar, so I want you to get your guitar out. because we’re gonna learn right now.
Number two you need to be able to tune your guitar Number three- you need to be
able to count to 4! so let’s get right into the lesson.
I hope you have your guitar in your hand because we’re gonna learn how to do this
right now. First string, second-string it’s hard to see cause they’re thin third-string fourth. fifth and sixth for the first part of this (beginner fingerstyle lesson)
we’re gonna concentrate on the fourth and the third-string…
this is all going to be with the thumb first thing to do is to put your hand
in kind of a claw okay like this…kind of a claw okay… or make a circle with your hand what we’re going to do is we’re
gonna hit (play) the fourth string with our thumb these these fingers are
ready to go down here because we’re going to use these too so we’re gonna go like this cool just hit (play) the fourth-string with your
thumb just like so… now I said if you can count to
four you can do this so what we’re going to do is we’re an alternate the thumb
the thumb is going to be the only thing that’s gonna play here we’re going to alternate between the
fourth string and the third-string just like this we’re gonna count 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 okay play along with me ready 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2,, 3 4.. Okay now what we’re gonna do is
we’re gonna do is add a note and it’s going to be an “AND” …
so we’re gonna count it 1, 2 AND 3, 4 1 ….this is what we’re gonna learn 2 AND 3 4. now we’re hitting (plucking) this with the
second-string with our index finger so we’re going 1 , 2 AND 3 ,4 1, 2 AND 3 , 4 1 2 AND 3, 4 1, 2 AND 3… hope you’re playing along with me.,.. 2 AND 3, 4 let’s go even slower ready… here
we go 1 2 AND 3 , 4 1 2 AND 3 4 … REAL SLOW 1 2 AND 3 ..4 1 2 AND 3 we’re gonna add a note now with this finger right here the
middle finger we’re gonna hit string number one I’m gonna show you
where we’re gonna do it 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 1 2 AND 3 AND 4 1 2 AND 3 AND 4 1 2 AND 3 AND 4 sounds like this a little faster slowdown 1 2 AND 3 AND 4 1 2 AND 3 4… 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 1 2 AND 3 4 1 2 AND 3 AND 4 so the first lesson we learned is 1, 2, 3, 4 second one is 1, 2 AND 3 4 1, 2, AND 3, 4 next one 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 all I’m doing doing is just pulling up just playing… pulling my
finger back (plucking) my hand in the claw. My fingers
are all ready to go with the strings were gonna hit (play) are already in
place they’re just resting on those strings
waiting to that’s all I’m doing 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 1,2 AND 3 AND 4 we’re gonna add one more note
here and it’s going to be this finger right
here (index finger) 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 AND 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 AND 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 AND so a little faster sounds like this 1, 2 AND 3 AND 4 AND okay so practice that…and now I’m
gonna show you a chord to play with your left hand…………….. we’re
going to use two fingers on the left hand here to make this chord it’s almost a D chord but we’re only gonna do it with two
fingers because this is really easy and on the third string I want you to
take your index finger and press right here so down below want you to just go
ahead play that note (pluck 4th string) shouldn’t sound “buzzy”. your finger should be right below the fret. here’s the
fret you don’t want to be on it because it will mute the string okay wanna be just below it you don’t wanna be down here because that will buzz- you wanna be right below the fret so go ahead and with your right hand hit (pluck) the third-string with your thumb with your left hand press right here now my thumb is back here like this holding the
guitar have my thumb right here I’m kinda making a an arch be able to
hit that note there’s one more thing you were
going to use… we’re going to use the ring finger, we’re not going to
use the middle finger on this we’re going to use just the ring
finger and we’re gonna go to the second-string 3 frets up… by the way that other one was
just two frets up count it I like this.. one fret , two frets the next one is three frets up one two, three, we’re doing with our with our ring finger on the second-string and down
here with my ring finger just making sure it sounds okay so then what we’re going to do is we’re
going to put that together…. Starting on the 4th string just go like this: starting on the 4th
string . Remember, this is 6, 5, 4 strum down that picking pattern just That picking pattern sounds like this if we just hold that chold and we just play that picking pattern that I just showed you it sounds like this okay this finger is not doing anything …. just
these two fingers right here let’s just go back and review the
lesson real quick review the lesson with holding this chord
down 1, 2 , 3, 4 now we’re gonna at this one note 1, 2, AND 3 , 4 now we’re going to add another
note this finger right here the middle finger 1. 2 AND 3 AND 4 we’re gonna add one more
note we’re gonna hit this
second-string twice 1. 2. AND 3 AND 4 AND so practice tha…t go back in watch this video again. practice it and
then after you’re done I want to go to the link below more beginner fingerstyle guitar lessons

100 Comments

  • Reply ZanyChannel June 23, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    this was so useful thank you

  • Reply Gabriel Galinato June 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Ahhh… A very detailed and thorough explanation exactly what we beginners need thank you so much buddy!

  • Reply TheHighTower June 30, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Has to be one of the best finger style instruction video I have ever watched.
    A very good teacher who understands the correct excercises to tech us very effectively.

  • Reply Suman Limbu June 30, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Iam learner of guitar i dont no playing guitar

  • Reply Bessie Staton July 2, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    This is nice I am doing it with a pick . I can get a better sound and is is louder but there is always the acoustic electric add a few chords in between it sound beautiful practice make perfect I am practicing Thanks fur sharing your expertise instructing

  • Reply Oyibo Chinedu July 4, 2019 at 11:33 am

    I am new here and am watching from Italy am also a learner

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  • Reply Keith Martin July 10, 2019 at 1:58 am

    awesome.

  • Reply Shishir Shobhan July 12, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Awesome …..thank you

  • Reply Angel Demon July 12, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Sleepy… I can do the firsts ones but the other part… I'm stuck with them cuz I can't properly play'em

  • Reply Bob Huber July 12, 2019 at 9:00 am

    for beginners, he has a very easy way to learn

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  • Reply Bob Huber July 13, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I'm finally back to haunt ya lol

  • Reply Blackpinkblink Fam July 13, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    So I got my right hand right with all the notes ig but when it come to my left hand the sound is mute no matter what

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  • Reply Salma Khaled July 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I love ๐Ÿ’• it so much thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply Oliver Benoit July 19, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Started 2 days ago but, now little bit playing it but just need to get use to…

  • Reply Cragonos Kritirea July 20, 2019 at 4:51 am

    0:46 "You need to know how to count to four."

    Me: Welp looks like this ain't my thing chief. I failed in that category what they call pre-school

  • Reply SmellyCat July 20, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Too slow, I got bored.

  • Reply Sa Feetau July 21, 2019 at 3:33 am

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  • Reply ฤ€rch Angรซl PlaysMC July 21, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    the first 4 steps were easy to me until the chords came up I get so mad at myself

  • Reply nonya business July 21, 2019 at 6:24 pm

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  • Reply Shamilla Lima July 22, 2019 at 1:27 am

    U are so good was useful thanks

  • Reply fausto Rossi July 23, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Itโ€™s a good video but it makes me nervous. Lately I am going to be tired to learn, just pain, sacrifices, practice and practice, but a few results. Maybe guitar isnโ€™t for me.

  • Reply 1 New Testament Faith of Jesus July 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Just made our day. One of the most beautiful styles of music in the world. Thank you for a FREE lesson!

  • Reply Kiss My Broke Ass. July 24, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Thank you so much, I just started yesterday and this is helping me alot! Ill watch all the lessons! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sunny Kay July 24, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Your tutorials are very easy to follow for complete beginners like me.

  • Reply samuel wubie July 25, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you,It is very helping

  • Reply Bob Huber July 26, 2019 at 5:26 am

    I'm here, not sure where, but I'm here, glad when I get off these meds

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  • Reply Kat Rodriguez July 30, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Sweet

  • Reply kathy July 30, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    i took guitar classes for next year and iโ€™m nervous

  • Reply Rep KICKS July 31, 2019 at 12:38 am

    I just got an guitar for my birthday and thank you for the tutorial I got it down

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  • Reply Trev Nowlan August 3, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Nice link from your email Bob and an enjoyable pattern, thanks as always.

  • Reply Tara McGrory August 3, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    What songs can you play with this pattern ๐Ÿ’“

  • Reply Tara McGrory August 3, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Whenever I play the chord with it the strings go muted what can I do

  • Reply Cinthia Mejia August 4, 2019 at 12:41 am

    i wanna learn not wait until your finished man

  • Reply Cinthia Mejia August 4, 2019 at 12:44 am

    also i have a diffrent type of guitar so not that much of a help and im only a nine year old

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  • Reply Bob Huber August 8, 2019 at 9:53 am

    I thought learning all the patterns again, but the hard part is singing again, been prob. 35 yrs since i sang

  • Reply Frida Queen August 10, 2019 at 8:25 am

    For the first time!!

  • Reply Sweet Sade August 13, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Thank's so much

  • Reply hike oganessian August 14, 2019 at 2:18 am

    that's funny…12 minutes..I cracked up…….But..I didn't hear this yet..so let's see what's happening…

  • Reply abhash madhukar August 16, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    One of the best guitar teacher in the world..

  • Reply sabrinasjourney August 18, 2019 at 2:35 am

    what chord is that?

  • Reply FreeD August 18, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Great video!

  • Reply SileTa Mus August 18, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I know this is old but this has got me want to finger pick. Thanks. So easy to follow.

  • Reply Ilda Aliko August 21, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    You're the best!๐Ÿ‘

  • Reply Aman Jhariya August 21, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    At last it is me when I try to turn off my laptop when it freezes after some hours of use

  • Reply Marzan August 23, 2019 at 12:46 am

    I paid for lessons along time ago.I learned more from you in a few minutes than I did in years.Thank you.You made playing interesting again and more fun.Thanks for posting.

  • Reply SellMe YourSoul August 24, 2019 at 10:21 am

    The way you learn is just stick with it until you sound good but it takes years no easy way even Clapton quit as a kid cousee his first guitar was trash

  • Reply Emile Knol August 24, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Perfect. 10 lessons with follow up. Mr Harris even answered my email with a lot of tips within a day. Finally somebody who shares his love for music with everybody who wants to learn finger picking.

  • Reply Najam Ul Huda August 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    You are an amazing teacher, thank you so much for having so much patience. For the first time, I am able to play something on guitar ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Josh Sandoval August 28, 2019 at 2:38 am

    ohh, nice & good tutorial, im just a beginner and since i watched this i really learned… ty so much, mwaaaahhh ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Bob Huber August 28, 2019 at 5:32 am

    When you gonna do another lesson?

  • Reply kafil khan August 28, 2019 at 9:57 am

    My fingers touch another string and that doesnt sounds..how to control

  • Reply A. Moya September 2, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Got my 1st guitar recently. I swear I've looked thru alot of videos on YouTube, and I just couldn't follow them, they breeze thru it like they assume their viewers already know something about chords. Then I came across yours (this lesson) and sir you are so patient and you take your time teaching like I'm in the same room with you learning. Thank you so much for your teaching style. If I could hug you sir I would. Really thank you from the bottom of my heart cause I really wanna learn !!

  • Reply ล‡IGฤฆลฆ_936_ลžฤฆฮ”ฤร˜ลดลž September 3, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Learned my first fret, thank you!!!

  • Reply Michael Grandt Normann September 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Nice! Thanks man 8D

  • Reply Jane Glassman September 9, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    You're an absolutely terrific teacher! I never picked up a guitar before, but found it really easy to follow along with your lessons. Took more like 12 days rather than 12 minutes, but it was worth sticking with it. Thank You!

  • Reply Andrew Chimpangwe September 10, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Good teaching technique

  • Reply jay illest September 10, 2019 at 3:54 am

    I want to learn how to play the guitar what type of guitar do you suggest I get..thank you

  • Reply Bob Huber September 10, 2019 at 4:20 am

    much better, they finally got the right meds for her, and I'm getting the rust off my fingers

  • Reply Bob Huber September 10, 2019 at 4:38 am

    How come most of these video's on utube try to show the hardest way of doing it.Guess it might to show the direct way would might be easier for beginners. You show the basics right. Oh, been trying to remember correct way to play Blowin in the wind,kinda forgot how hard that rythem was LOL

  • Reply Susan Payne September 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    love this guitar lesson.

  • Reply Jemzo Maclain September 12, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    i love you.

  • Reply Richard Ravenhorst September 13, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Great video, though i have difficulty to see what you are doing, can you write down what your doing, would-be help me a lot.

  • Reply Richard Ravenhorst September 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks, for your messages the order of strings you play helps a lot…

  • Reply Chez Brown September 14, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    How do you know when the strings are at the correct tension?

  • Reply lokesh gupta September 17, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I actually came to my friend's house and I have seen a guitar in the house and tried to play guitar and it was impossible but after watching this I learnt my first music

  • Reply Something or Other September 18, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Learned it right away! Thank you!

  • Reply Dinuka Sampth September 18, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Fucking great!!

  • Reply Chloรฉ Laurent September 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this !

  • Reply Deez Knutz September 20, 2019 at 5:17 am

    12 min he say…after 30 yrs..Iโ€™m still a beginner…

  • Reply Guy September 23, 2019 at 2:32 am

    I really wanted to learn finger picking and happy I clicked on yours, Iโ€™ll definitely practice and keep watching for more lessons from you, thank you.

  • Reply Avi Gross September 26, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Wow thank you so much really precise teacher and I really learnt how to play it

  • Reply Yann Chrorm September 29, 2019 at 12:57 am

    U r a good teacher easy to learn from. Thank you

  • Reply Kalebo Schiele October 1, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Guitar's lots of fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Bob Huber October 1, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Sat here this morning and the old hit Last Kiss came to min, sure brought memories, worked 4 hrs on it before I Got it ,

  • Reply Draven AxEs October 1, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    The 4th lesson where u use 1st string is kinda confusing u went a little bit fast

  • Reply Sneha Sunil October 2, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Thank u so much sir

  • Reply MICHAEL FRUGE JR October 2, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I'm surprised I'd picked this up so quick lol you my man are the man thanks homie.

  • Reply Mary Midgett October 3, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Just re-learning guitar after 37 years. This type of picking is what I love

  • Reply Neder Land October 4, 2019 at 12:50 am

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  • Reply Abraham Orishaba October 4, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    i wanted to learn how to play a guitar long time ago but all the guitarists i used to meet discouraged me by making it so difficult for me to understand, papa thank you so much for this extraordinarily video, it is easy, simple and short… i promise am going to start practicing it right away… i refuse to remain backward

  • Reply Ann Walsh October 5, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, all I could do before was strum

  • Reply Karen G October 5, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you for being so patient.
    You are a good teacher.

  • Reply Mary Midgett October 6, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Ok ,Iโ€™ve watched this at least 4 times but get a little lost at the end. I think what would help me is if you wrote the order of the strings rather than trying to watch your fingers. Like you said the smallest string is โ€œ1โ€ and weโ€™re starting on โ€œ4โ€. So. . .
    1st- 4,3,4,3
    2nd- 4,3,2,4,3
    And I think 3rd is-
    4,3,2,3,1 and 4th is
    4,3,2,3,1,3
    IS THIS RIGHT?

  • Reply Nirvana Besai October 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Great Mr. Am going to try it for sure am 52 years old love the guitar and hv been trying to play on and off fir years hv not taken up the guitar for almost 1year cann play a thing really so i will give this a try. Thanks again looks easy so.. here i go.

  • Reply Adam saoud October 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    awesome cool

  • Reply AnandaSB Music October 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    https://youtu.be/qu9yi77I5Bo

  • Reply Henk Kaiser October 11, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Can i play this all chords, and how on g chord

  • Reply TheRiff Writer October 11, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    YouTube! For the love of God, all I want is a video that shows picking techniques. As in the opposite of strumming. Not finger picking or what kind of pick to buy or using a pick on a bass or how to strum without a goddamn pick! I search arpeggio and that's a whole nother can of worms.

  • Reply Seamus Lucason October 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Excellent presentation.

  • Reply Mary Midgett October 13, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Yay! After a week Iโ€™ve got it!

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