Dansm's Fingerpicking Lessons
Losing the Pick
To begin, you must learn to strum without a pick. This technique will be useful when
you are required to strum during part of a song and pick during other parts. It also
enables you to do away with the belief that a pick is required to play your guitar.

  1. Place your thumb and index finger together so that your fingernails almost touch.

  2. Now, simply strum as you would with a pick, hitting the strings with only your thumb and index finger. Do not use any other fingers; they are not necessary.

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