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Intro to Fingerpicking (Guitar Lesson)

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Steve Eulberg

Intro to Fingerpicking

Steve Eulberg explains the right hand fundamentals of fingerpicking. He demonstrates the proper method for plucking the strings. To get you started, Steve applies these techniques to some basic exercises. He also teaches some beautiful pieces that are relatively easy to play.

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg seriesLength: 51:00Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (1:17) Intro Hopefully you understood the intense music theory provided in lesson 5. If you've mastered everything there, you are definitely on your way to becoming a great guitar player!
Chapter 2: (1:16) Fingerpicking Introduction This lesson will focus on fingerpicking techniques. We are going to be working with the "D" chord family. If you don't remember how to play all of the "D" chords, skip back a lesson & grab a quick review. Steve isn't going anywhere; he'll still be here waiting for you. After you're all squared away, let's try out some finger picking on a "D" chord. Your fingers are numbered the same way as your fretting hand:
  • 1: Pointer finger
  • 2: Middle finger
  • 3: Ring finger
  • 4: Pinkie
  • 5: Thumb
There are many different ways to position your hands when fingerpicking. Ultimately, it's what is the most comfortable for you. Experiment with these sample exercises and see which you like the best.

To start, let's hold the "D" chord with your left hand and position your picking hand accordingly:
  • Finger 1: "G" string
  • Finger 2: "B" string
  • Finger 3: "e" string
  • Finger 5: "D" string
Now follow Steve through some fingerpicking exercises. While holding the "D" chord, try picking the "D" string & then the ""G" string four times. Then try the "D" and then "B". Next try the "D" and "e".

We don't want to bore you with tedious exercises & patterns you have to remember. Make up your own exercise & finger pick away. As you feel comfortable, you can start to get a bit more advanced. Perhaps you can try something like this:
  • 1: "D" with finger 5
  • 2: "G" with finger 1
  • 3: "D" with finger 5
  • 4: "G" with finger 1
  • 5: "D" with finger 5
  • 6: "B" with finger 2
  • 7: "B" with finger 2
Be creative & come up with your own unique lick!
Chapter 3: (4:24) Fingerpicking Practice with the "D" Chord Family Now we're going to try a few exercises that will have you practicing some simple fingerpicking. However, we're going to be changing the chords at the same time. These two things together are sometimes very difficult so do not get discouraged.

For this first exercise, you are going to use the following fingerpicking pattern: thumb, 1, thumb, 1, thumb, 2, thumb, 2, thumb, 3, thumb, 3. By string name, it would be D, G, D, G, D, B, D, B, D, e, D, e. We are going to use that pattern for this chord progression: D, D Major 7, D7, and lastly D6.

As you may have noticed, these chords only changed the note played on the "B" string (second picking finger). For this next exercise, play with your thumb on the "D" string and then your seocnd finger on the "B" string over and over. On your fretting hand, use the same chord progression: D, D Major 7, D7, and then D6. Now hold the chords in the reverse order and give it a shot.

Be sure to master these exercises before moving on.
Chapter 4: (5:25) Fingerpicking with "D" Minor chord In this scene we will be fingerpicking with the "D minor" chord. It is held the same way as the "D" chord except your first finger is dropped from the 2nd fret on the "e" string to the 1st fret. In this first exercise, hold the "D minor" chord and pick the following strings:
  • "D" (thumb), "G" (1st finger) - 4x
  • "D" (thumb), "B" (2nd finger) - 4x
  • "D" (thumb), "e" (3nd finger) - 4x
  • "D" (thumb), "B" (2nd finger) - 4x
  • "D" (thumb), "G" (1st finger) - 4x
The next exercise will be a progression with "D" Minor, "D" Minor Major 7, "D" Minor 6th. Pick in the following fashion:
  • "D" (thumb), "G" (1st finger) - 2x
  • "D" (thumb), "B" (2nd finger) - 2x
  • "D" (thumb), "e" (3rdst finger) - 2x
After you've run through those six pickings, switch to the next chord. Repeat this for all four chords. You will notice that only the "B" string is changing notes. However, you're still picking the "D", "G", "B" and "e" strings. Essentailly, you're picking three extra strings that never change. These extra notes that do not change will give you plenty fo time to reposition your hand for the chords.

Now try that same exercise in the reverse order. Use the same picking pattern but play "D Minor 6th", then "D Minor Major 7", and lastly "D Minor". Please take your time and practice these progressions until you have them down. If it takes you a while don't worry about it. The key is to make sure you're getting it right, not rushing through.
Chapter 5: (10:51) Pinch Pluck Fingerpicking Thus far, you've been alternating the strings you pick with your fingers. Follow Steve through a few simple exercises to review the last chapter & mix things up a bit with an exercise in the reverse order.

Now that you're warm, we can work on a new technique: pinch pluck fingering. Instead of individually picking strings, we will pick two strings at once within the riff, followed by an individual pluck (picking just one string).

Firstly, pinch the "D" with your thumb & "B" with your second finger. Fret the "D" chord on the neck & pinch these a few times to practice the basic technique a bit.

Once you have that down, add a pluck after your pinch. Pinch both the "D" and "B" and follow it up by picking the "G" string with your first finger.

After you've nailed that technique, try plucking the "e" with your 3rd finger after the pinching of the "D" and "B" strings. Once you've mastered this technique, try alternating the last two exercises. First pinch the "D" and "B" and then pluck the "G". Next, pinch the "D" and "B" and then pluck the "e". Alternate back & forth between these two. As you become more comfortable, try to speed things up a bit and see how you do.

Time to take it to the next level. Let's try the pinch pluck method (alternating between plucking the "G" and "e") while changing chords. First play the "D", then "D Major 7th", then "D7" and lastly the "D6". This is definitely going to take repetition and practice. If you can get this down quickly, then you’re on your way to being the next Steve Eulberg! Take your time and move slowly with this. It is a lot of information to learn all at once.
Chapter 6: (2:12) Pinch Pluck Fingerpicking with the "D Minor" Family You thought you could get away with practicing with the major chord variations and not the minors? Think again. Let's try the same pinch pluck technique but with the minor "D" chords.

Alternate with pinching the "D" and "B" and then plucking the "G" and pinching the "D" and "B" and plucking the "e". Run through this pattern twice for each of the following chords: "D" Minor, "D" Minor Major 7, "D" Minor 7, "D6" and then back the other way: "D" Minor 7, "D" Minor Major 7, and then "D" minor.

Stay after this exercise until you are able to play it flawlessly. Once you've got this down, you've successfully learned the skilled needed to play quite a few of the songs you hear today on the radio!
Chapter 7: (13:39) New Fingerpicking Methods, Tips, and Thoughts Up until now, you've been alternating notes played by your fingers with your thumb. Now, we're going to mix things up a bit and move from string to string without hitting the "D" string with your thumb between every note.

Let's try an exercise to pratice this new technique. Your picking pattern will be thumb, finger one, finger two, finger three (strings "D", "G", "B", "e"). Play this pattern four times (sixteen total notes) on the "D" major chord. Then move to the "D" Major 7, then "D7" then D6. Now work your way back up: "D7", "D" Major 7, and lastly "D" major.

With Steve the "D" minor and "D" major families are like love & marriage: "You can't have one without the, other!" Let's use the same picking technique but progress through the "D" minor chords: "D" Minor, "D Minor Major 7, "D" Minor 7, and then "D" Minor 6. Of course, you then have to work your way back up! Give it a shot.

Now we’re going to add another twist to those exercises. Try the same two progressions but with a different picking method. Instead of doing thumb, 1st finger, 2nd finger, 3rd finger (“D”, “G”, “B”, “e”) try going 3rd finger, 2nd finger, 1st finger, then your thumb (“e”, “B”, “G”, “D”). You should know both he minor & major chord progressions by now – give it a shot!

Remember, practice makes perfect. Learning chord progressions & proper finger picking is best achieved by repetition. Try the same chord progressions but mix up your picking pattern one more time: thumb, 3rd finger, 2nd finger, and then 1st finger. If you’re feeling comfortable, you can mix things up even more. Try all of the notes in a different order. Perhaps use your thumb, 3rd finger, 1st finger, and then 2nd. Experiment and see what happens!

You might also like to try another technique. Pick the “D” string with your thumb & then hit the other strings (“G”, “B”, and “e”) all together with your other three fingers. You can also try mixing up the timing. Thus far the exercises have been in 4:4 timing. This is why we’ve been playing in sets of two or four. With this latest technique, you can mix things up into 3:4 timing. Basically you are playing three notes per measure instead of four. This will give you a “waltz” or “polka” type sound.

From here your imagination is the limit. You have eight “D” family chords, two different timings as well as hundreds of different combinations to pick these four strings. Mix all of these together & you can create new riffs for hours without playing the same thing twice. Grab your guitar and see what you can do.

That’s all for lesson six. Until next time, keep on Jammin’!

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Member Comments about this Lesson

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ScSmithScSmith replied on October 18th, 2016

I really like these lessons but why can't they display the chords on the screen during play? I keep having to turn my head and lose my place. It's frustrating!

kikrox420kikrox420 replied on July 26th, 2015

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kikrox420kikrox420 replied on July 26th, 2015

At one time, D chords were the easiest for me to play correctly, tho until now I never knew how badly I butcher the c major chord. But I've been tinkling with finger picking Joni Mitchell's circle game for several years & was surprised you started us on D chords, which unfortunately became nearly impossible for me following the breaking of my left middle finger a couple years ago. Now D can be as brutal as f or b flat. Lmfao The for the discipline. Making progress for the first time in 30 years of playing.

craigwilsoncraigwilson replied on June 22nd, 2015

What guitarist's do you recommend we listen to that have helped you musically with fingerpicking?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on July 6th, 2015

Ah--the choices: Jerry Palmer, Ed Gerhard, Michael DeLalla are lesser-known amazing guitarists that I admire and learn from; James Taylor, Jim Deeming, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee....the list can go forever!

daveitendaveiten replied on May 27th, 2015

Does Jam play actually teach any beginner songs eventually ever?

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on July 6th, 2015

Hi Dave, What I am doing in the beginner series is giving you the skills to play any song you like...because the range of interests is so broad!

learningmydreamlearningmydream replied on May 20th, 2015

You have taught me so much and your playing is beautiful :) I have been taking your lessons seriously now for a few months and I can't believe that I am learning these things so fast, it feels like it was yesterday that I couldn't even play a chord nicely. I especially love doing the pluck playing and the D chord flat pick progressions

scooper200scooper200 replied on March 24th, 2015

Nice lesson but practicing too much has given me blisters and not callouses.

GooddaveGooddave replied on February 13th, 2015

Very useful lessons and a beautiful approach to the guitar. Makes me think of Donovan and the Beatles "Dear Prudence".

Denny BDenny B replied on January 4th, 2015

I've got pretty complete chord charts for just about all chords...and if I go thru them I can find and practice all these chords... BUT...I'm trying to understand why a "beginner" guitar lesson is requiring me to use a dozen different D chords??

Clem-ent-eClem-ent-e replied on January 1st, 2015

Well, here's to 2015! I made it this far in the lessons since I joined on Christmas nite 2014 but I knew some chords. Now I know more... I find it hard to keep track of which chords to go to next in this lesson. I think I will have to write them down in the order Steve plays them. I am having fun and learning, thanks Steve. Happy New Year.

alansellalansell replied on December 20th, 2014

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alansellalansell replied on December 20th, 2014

i think this is great for beginers

Tomi1014Tomi1014 replied on October 28th, 2014

simply showing the chords you are using on same page would be better

tdrextdrex replied on August 1st, 2014

Great lesson Steve. I have a questions about practice methodology and when to move forward. This lesson is 51 minutes long and is comprised of five or six, 8-11 minute segments. Is it best to completely master each segment before moving on to the next? Or is it best to work on multiple segments simultaneously?

gannablegannable replied on May 10th, 2014

having trouble following which chords you're using

tdrextdrex replied on August 1st, 2014

Great lesson Steve. I have a questions about practice methodology and when to move forward. This lesson is 51 minutes long and is comprised of five or six, 8-11 minute segments. Is it best to completely master each segment before moving on to the next? Or is it best to work on multiple segments simultaneously?

craigpoffcraigpoff replied on June 23rd, 2014

Yes, I had to print them out, off the supplemental content, at least for the sequence of the D minor chords; a big help. This was a nice lesson...some mellow sounds with the picking.

Tman11Tman11 replied on August 4th, 2014

Putting up chord illustrations should be an easy fix, you shouldn't have to print anything off unless you just prefer to. Same complaints about chords were mentioned 4 years ago I noticed and nothing has been done to remedy.

whistlin dixiewhistlin dixie replied on February 1st, 2014

This may be a dumb question. I get the fingerpicking method- get it but far from mastering it. here is my question- on other chords, other than D, do you place your fingers on the same strings and play the same strings or is there different placement and strings for each chord?

mccallsonmccallson replied on January 15th, 2014

One thing I really like about these exercises is that they really force me to lay down the chords more accurately and consistently. Now, if only some great big guy could force me to keep my fingers in position more consistently. What looks so effort free on the video is developing into a big problem for me. Any suggestions? I've tried anchoring the pinkie and floating it, also positioning my hand in different places over the sound hole. I'm about out of ideas.

zertndozertndo replied on January 3rd, 2014

It would be better if you showed the left hand view from the perspective of the guitar player and not the student. That way the student can match the fingering on the fret board and strings more accurately. No offense intended, but Steve's fingers are pretty big and hard to see from the students perspective, which string and fret he is actually playing. This should be applied to all lessons from all teachers.

jklockjklock replied on January 20th, 2014

i like the lesson but wish there were a make on the guitar - too late now.

jklockjklock replied on February 16th, 2014

i meant to type mic not make

bfbhbfbh replied on November 18th, 2013

i cannot master DM7 . My fingers just wont be flexible enough. No problem with all the other cords. Is there an alternative location on the neck that would work for this exercise?

fchordfchord replied on July 25th, 2014

I think you are referring to the D minor 7. I was having the same problem and I have found if I curl back my 2 finger against my 1 finger and play the third string with my 3 finger it works for me. Hope it works for you too.

ciarreciarre replied on January 21st, 2014

Dm7 is also very difficult for me. I end up using my pinky finger for the "A" note, seems to give me enough flexibility to hold the C and F notes with the index finger.

jaredleejaredlee replied on December 22nd, 2013

yes there is but it is a barre chord but if you know that it is a good alternative first finer barre accross the fith fret and then plah am Am7 with your fingers

kuwa1kuwa1 replied on December 17th, 2013

hi guys ,having trouble work out the tab in the supplemental content, exercise #1 to #5 for the printed document

orangeloverorangelover replied on October 2nd, 2013

thank you so much for this lesson, Steve.

danaheinsgelderdanaheinsgelder replied on September 15th, 2013

Wow, what a creative lesson, so many options! Thanks Steve, this lesson made practice oh so much more fun -Dana

entertherobotentertherobot replied on July 8th, 2013

This was a great lesson. Originally i skipped it because I never thought i'd be able or want to learn finger picking, but it's really fun! Glad i gave it shot. Steve's lessons are quite good.

drizodrizo replied on May 22nd, 2013

Steve Eulberg is the best guitar teacher on JamPlay! :)

terrimterrim replied on April 23rd, 2013

I'm learning so much and having so much fun with the lessons. I've been signed up for a couple of years but life events stacked up on our family. I'm on lesson 6, just started it today and I've never gotten this far before. Anyway, I appreciate your teaching style and the time you take to help the student build a good foundation. Hope that I can progress to become a competent player, but I have already gotten hours of enjoyment just exploring and learning the basics. Anyway, thanks for sharing your teaching gift here. It's been a blessing.

janineroejanineroe replied on November 4th, 2013

Hi! Just read your comment and I think I am in the same boat as you. Been signed up for a couple years but life gets in the way to doing what I want. And I am finally at the furthest point in the series in a while. Hopefully I will become somewhat of a ok player soon :) Thanks for sharing.

icewolf02icewolf02 replied on February 22nd, 2013

Is it just me or the last video (no 7) is missing?

icewolf02icewolf02 replied on February 22nd, 2013

Okay, nevermind - I figured that it was only the high quality recording that was missing.

guitar goddessguitar goddess replied on February 19th, 2013

It would be MUCH more helpful to have the insert show the chord diagram rather than the left hand position on the guitar because the fingers hide the string position that is being used, so unless you're really good at interpreting the fret position, it's easy to get lost. Especially difficult to remember the progressions while going through so many different chord shapes. PLEASE ADD CHORD DIAGRAMS IN THE VIDEO. THANKS!

eaglefeathereaglefeather replied on January 13th, 2014

what I did was save a copy of the d chord family to my computer and during steves lesson I pull them up and scoot to right of screen so I can see the chords as I work through them and follow steve try it might help some other folks

reformatreformat replied on March 16th, 2013

You are so right this lesson would be less frustrating if they had a cord diagram for each cord picked.

pokervanepokervane replied on February 7th, 2013

i was having trouble with the D minor7 fingering like a lot of others. Then I tried it with my 1st finger on the B string and my 2nd finger on the E string (both on the 1st fret of course) with my 3rd finger on the G string, 2nd fret. Much easier for me than the suggested fingering. Most of the instructors have said alternative fingerings will often work for some people.

SprintbobSprintbob replied on August 4th, 2013

Nice tip, that seems to work better for me too. The D minor chord progression seems more of a challenge than the D major chord transition whether you are strumming or finger picking.

mark heskethmark hesketh replied on December 3rd, 2012

Great lesson Steve. I found that finger picking really made me clean up my minor chords. When i'm strumming, if I'm not extra careful, my finger position can get slightly sloppy but sometimes the strumming hides tiny errors. Picking really exposes any tiny flaws in your finger position. I've found the transitioning into and out of Dminor7 difficult but this lesson has really forced me to improve. I started guitar 10 weeks ago and I have found your lesson set invaluable so far. I wish you did advanced electric lessons because I enjoy the format of longer lessons. Keep up the good work!

mark heskethmark hesketh replied on December 3rd, 2012

Great lesson Steve. I found that finger picking really made me clean up my minor chords. When i'm strumming, if I'm not extra careful, my finger position can get slightly sloppy but sometimes the strumming hides tiny errors. Picking really exposes any tiny flaws in your finger position. I've found the transitioning into and out of Dminor7 difficult but this lesson has really forced me to improve. I started guitar 10 weeks ago and I have found your lesson set invaluable so far. I wish you did advanced electric lessons because I enjoy the format of longer lessons. Keep up the good work!

chrismlee22chrismlee22 replied on October 25th, 2012

Hey Steve, I've been a JamPlay member for about 2 weeks now and I practice for several hours a day. No guitar experience prior to now. I'm having trouble with the D minor 7 chord....I'm using 1st finger (index) across B and e string at first fret, and 2nd finger on G string at 2nd fret.....I've tried using 3rd finger on G string too....having fits with this chord! I can't seem to get enough pressure on the e string....but when I do get enough pressure for a good ring on e string, then I have a muted B string because my 2nd finger is touching the B string. Suggestions please!!

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BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied on October 9th, 2012

Forgot to say, the minor chords are giving me troubles. Heheheh getting there, but they are kind of more challenging for me. When I play the major chords gets really easy for me.

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied on October 9th, 2012

Loved this lesson, very helpful, thank you Steve!!!

dhyanashadhyanasha replied on September 30th, 2012

Hi Steve, I really enjoy your pointing out why we`re playing, to play beautiful music, brings the focus to the magic, and away from my aching shoulder. Thanks

dhyanashadhyanasha replied on September 30th, 2012

Hi Steve, I really enjoy your pointing out why we`re playing, to play beautiful music, brings the focus to the magic, and away from my aching shoulder. Thanks

darryl56sdarryl56s replied on July 27th, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson, because I really like finger picking and would like to master it one day. I am studying electric guitar with a teacher, but love acoustic just as well or better.

happyronhappyron replied on July 14th, 2012

Really enjoyed these lessons, despite having played fingerpicking for several years. I enjoyed the relaxed style and the insight here. Thanks so much

pooopooo replied on July 11th, 2012

me thinks hes one of the best teachers on here. explains things easy enough for a child to understand.

shunshun replied on April 15th, 2012

I had an AHA:it was of the plucking because that is hat they do in smoke on the water (by Deep purple)

ponykponyk replied on March 20th, 2012

This whole finger picking thing is a big part of why I took this course, and I have to tell it is really messing with my head and my hands!!!!! pluck one pluck three is running thru my head as I try to do this lesson, and really get it down. One of those I have to succeed at this task.... and I am getting a headache! lets not even talk about the next lesson w/ alt. thumb....I am working with a metronome to try and give myself time to do the next task; either pluck, one, or three, and that just adds to the headache..... suggestions? Please! thanks

sonydasarisonydasari replied on February 24th, 2012

Hey Steve I want advice from you upon how to strum and humm or sing at the same time, I tried lot of times but its notworkig. Please Help..

sonydasarisonydasari replied on February 24th, 2012

Hey Steve I actually wanted a tip from you. How to strum and sing or humm at the same time, I tried lot of times but i couldnt find any way to get over it. Please help..

tbyrd69tbyrd69 replied on February 22nd, 2012

Steve, love your lessons I'm having problems with the D minor chords and the high E not ring out any suggestions on hand or finger placement?

santvermasantverma replied on March 10th, 2012

While playing Dm or Dm7, try placing the tip of your finger as near to the fret towards your right (for right handed). Ensure you are comfortably seated and hand placed well on fret board with minimal strain. Break the finger placement into small steps. It will take some time and practice to make all your fingers move independently.

whilljrwhilljr replied on January 15th, 2012

so glad i started this i have been messing with the guitar for years but got to a point that i coulds not teach myself anymore now i can learn more by following you guide thanks so much

nita petenita pete replied on January 12th, 2012

Learned so much Steve. I will be working on this. Think that finger picking & fingecr plucking are my favorite. Thanks Steve.

shark415shark415 replied on January 6th, 2012

oops! sorry about the repeats. Don't know what happened there.

shark415shark415 replied on January 6th, 2012

Yes! Love the new challenge of looking at fingerpicking in a way I haven't done before. Used to play a LONG time ago and recently decided to take it back up. I have a pretty good grasp of music theory from my years in school and military band, and that is coming back to me quickly thanks in part to your lesson on chord structure and relation to scales. Up to now , I've been tempted to skip over some because everything semed too easy. I'm glad now that I didn't. Looking forward to completing the series before I move on.

shark415shark415 replied on January 6th, 2012

Yes! Love the new challenge of looking at fingerpicking in a way I haven't done before. Used to play a LONG time ago and recently decided to take it back up. I have a pretty good grasp of music theory from my years in school and military band, and that is coming back to me quickly thanks in part to your lesson on chord structure and relation to scales. Up to now , I've been tempted to skip over some because everything semed too easy. I'm glad now that I didn't. Looking forward to completing the series before I move on.

shark415shark415 replied on January 6th, 2012

Yes! Love the new challenge of looking at fingerpicking in a way I haven't done before. Used to play a LONG time ago and recently decided to take it back up. I have a pretty good grasp of music theory from my years in school and military band, and that is coming back to me quickly thanks in part to your lesson on chord structure and relation to scales. Up to now , I've been tempted to skip over some because everything semed too easy. I'm glad now that I didn't. Looking forward to completing the series before I move on.

TimeTime replied on January 3rd, 2012

Hi Steve : Just wanted to say that I am now at lesson six of the beginners series and I am very pleased with my lesson progress. I will be working with lesson six awhile longer as I need to master the chord changes and picking technique. Thank you and Happy New Year to all.

vicgweevicgwee replied on November 8th, 2011

Hey Steve, I have a problem keeping my fingers "down " when I fingerpick. When I use thumb and 1, 2 and 3 automatically go up and so on and so forth. In fact, i find it a little pain keeping them down. Any suggestions?

santvermasantverma replied on October 15th, 2011

Hi Steve. Great lesson and really appreciate your teaching style. Just had a question on fingerpicking. For A Major open chords, how does the finger pattern go? I mean, do i have to shift 1,2 & 3 fingers by a string, which mean, do i have to hit 2nd Notes on B, G & D strings by 1,2, & 3 Fingers resp. Mainly will the pattern always remain same where the 1st three strings by thumb and rest three by three fingers? Appreciate your response.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on November 1st, 2011

Hi there, I mostly keep my fingers in "home" position: Thumb plays E, A and D strings; Index plays G, Middle plays B, Ring plays high E. Steve

santvermasantverma replied on November 4th, 2011

Thanks Steve.

StephenT48StephenT48 replied on October 25th, 2011

To the woodshed we go!!!!

StephenT48StephenT48 replied on October 11th, 2011

Great usual! Have always wanted to learn to finger pick. This is really cool. Need much practice, though. Thanks, Steve

dupuisbdupuisb replied on October 9th, 2011

In Chapter 4: (5:25) Fingerpicking with "D" Minor chord, (about this lesson), you leave D Minor 7 chord out of the progression, yet you say to repeat with all four chords. Is that just a typo?

del schirmerdel schirmer replied on October 2nd, 2011

Hi Steve, While going through the lesson there are two views one of the right hand and one of the left hand. It would be very helpful if the actual tabs you are playing was on the screen somewhere while you are playing and not just at the end. It is very hard to see what strings your fingers are playing.

joe devlinjoe devlin replied on September 14th, 2011

Steve! Can you add the chords to the tablature for the fingerpicking exercises?

mofosoandsomofosoandso replied on September 4th, 2011

Steve, this isn't so much a comment on this lesson as it is a general question. My fingers are somewhat thick and I have some trouble when playing a chord not to have them pressing on other strings. Any guidance?

karlwilliamkarlwilliam replied on July 12th, 2011

Hi Steve, I would find it helpful, because my short term memory is horrible, if when you change chords you would say the chord name: ie D, thumb 1 th 2 change D7 thmb 1 thumb 3 etc. Thanks so much, I feel like I'm finally making some progress.

aristophanesaristophanes replied on July 10th, 2011

The closer to the bridge the thumb is, the more bent the wrist is, as the closeup in the video shows. This can cause carpal tunnel problems down the road for some people who play a lot. The closer to the nut the thumb is, the straighter and the wrist is, which can also be seen in the closeup in the video. If you learn to play this way, it's easier, more comfortabl, and there is far less potential for strain or injury. Steve, I enjoy your in-depth, deliberate style of teaching. Thanks.

aristophanesaristophanes replied on July 10th, 2011

The closer to the bridge the thumb is, the more bent the wrist is, as the closeup in the video shows. This can cause carpal tunnel problems down the road for some people who play a lot. The closer to the nut the thumb is, the straighter the wrist is, which can also be seen in the closeup in the video. If you learn to play this way, it's easier, more comfortable, and there is far less potential for strain or injury. Steve, I enjoy your in-depth, deliberate style of teaching. Thanks.

lgpurdielgpurdie replied on February 13th, 2010

lgpurdie comment Feb 13,2010 Hi Steve, I started at age 65 playing am on my 5th year. I print all supplements and lessons and then work on them before I start the Video. In lesson 5 I arranged the Major Cords first then I arranged the minor Cords. I start DSUV 4, DSUV 2 instead of using the 1st finger on G I use my 2nd finger then ready for DSUV 2, then D minor, Dm Major 7, D Minor 7,D Minor 6, D 6. On lesson 7 I tried the picking out chord changes in the Jams I play in. Still practicing. I'm learning a lot , going forward. I really like your course and wish I had learned about Jamplay sooner. Your a Great instructor.

droogishdroogish replied on March 1st, 2010

D minor 7 - I find this chord impossible...either my 2nd finger buzzes the B string or it buzzes the D string! If I am making a bar with the first finger it seems to ruin the dexterity of my 2nd finger. Is there an alternative way of doing D minor 7?

wambliwambli replied on November 30th, 2010

Same here. i finger busses If I use 2nd for B string. If I use 3rd finger all is cool.

john734john734 replied on June 22nd, 2011

i am also having the same problem but if i use the 3rd finger to play the A on the G string then it sounds fine, just have to reconfigure my fingers to user the new pattern

toddwvtoddwv replied on June 11th, 2011

You mention d dominant 7 but this chord isn't in the supplement table. I just assume it's d minor 7...

toddwvtoddwv replied on June 11th, 2011

Never mind the tab at the end of the scene explains it... Dminor -> Dmajor7th -> D7th -> D6

toddwvtoddwv replied on June 11th, 2011

Sorry, not Dminor... Dmajor -> Dmajor7th -> D7th -> D6

gshaudgshaud replied on August 7th, 2010

For those of us with the bad memories, if a cord chart was shown during the lesson it would help. It is difficult to see what fret and string are to be played. The lessons are good and keep your attention.

Tman11Tman11 replied on August 4th, 2014

And I see 4 years after this comment nothing has been done about this. FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, PUT CHORD ILLUSTRATIONS ON SCREEN FOR PRACTICE PURPOSES DURING THESE LESSONS!

ellonysmanellonysman replied on May 3rd, 2011

I think they started doing the overlay chord images havent they? On new lessons. I thought that in the well as player views of finger positiions especially in all music books...they so often just show it from the camera's position and then I, a visual learner have to interpret that from my position as player...doh!

rmonroermonroe replied on April 21st, 2011

I agree, in other video content I have seen they have an inlay of the chords the instructor is currently playing. Your a great teacher Steve, but I get very frustrated since I can't see what you are fretting. I am a visual learner, that is probably why.

perry2perry2 replied on September 27th, 2010

Perhaps the JamPlay tech whizzes could overlay a chord chart on the first couple of lessons that introducs these groups. I know Steve is just moving down the B string, but a suggested fingering would be helpful.

jboothjbooth replied on September 27th, 2010

All of the chord are listed under the "supplemental content" tab under the video :)

marcel_cotemarcel_cote replied on April 17th, 2011

Hi steeve i folow you and your a very good instrutor but i dont wont to learn right now the Fingerpicking. Witch leason should i jump to?. Excuse me for my english because i'm a french persone. Thanks

banjaxedbanjaxed replied on April 5th, 2011

Steve , just wondering in Lesson 6 under supplemental lessons when I am practicing my finger picking exercises I am wondering am I supposed to be using the chord progressions you taught me in D both major and minor chordings , when I'm doing the exercised some of the patterns seem to fit and others it just seems like I have to try pick it out as best as I can , I don't mind doing this as it gives me more ideas and dexterity but am I doing it right

ruach eishruach eish replied on March 29th, 2011

I always found fingerpicking easier than strumming. Can anyone tell me why that is?

jxosajxosa replied on March 13th, 2011

great lessons, great teacher.....Dmin7 chord I keep covering it bad practice to use 1 3 fingers instaed of 1 2..or should i just keep practicing this chord

lcudriverlcudriver replied on February 7th, 2011

Good lesson Steve. I really enjoyed the reintroduction to the world of finger picking. Great stuff! Thanks!

mikeasanmikeasan replied on December 26th, 2010

Great lessons Steve. Thanks for all your patience - in your live lessons and in your videos. Happy Holidays! Prior posts suggested to show chord tabs in video. This would be vary helpful to me too. For now, I just open 2 screens using (ctrl+n). This way i can play the video in 1 window and click "supplemental content" for the chord tabs on the 2nd window.

mervymervy replied on November 6th, 2010

Hi Steve, great lesson on fingerpicking. i find your style of teaching really good, well explained and interesting. Thanks!!

yellowkidyellowkid replied on November 17th, 2010

I've been playing on my own for about 6 months before coming here. I have been fingerpicking a variation that I have attained some degree of proficency with, thumb, 1, 3, 1,2, 1, 3,1 and over again. I can play all of the open chord changes using it. My question, should I forget about the style I am using and use yours?? Or continue using this one??

shadowromeo22shadowromeo22 replied on October 30th, 2010

Best song to play using finger-picking is called laid to rest, by the showdown

perry2perry2 replied on September 27th, 2010

Great lesson, Steve. I like how you've layered things one-at-a-time. My problem has been trying to do too much at once without first getting the finger rhythms wired in. Now I know how to break down the problem into solvable parts.

perry2perry2 replied on September 27th, 2010

Oh yeah, and I chuckle every time you say "D-minor-major-7." Quite a mouthful.

nash24nash24 replied on September 9th, 2010

Great lesson!! Got a great deal out of that. Thanks:)

psjacunskipsjacunski replied on August 25th, 2010

Ditto on the "ah ha" moments! You are doing a great job teaching this 50 year old beginner how to play. Tried to pick it up 30 years ago without success, and here I am again, already farther along and having tons of fun. You are a great teacher, thank you.

toddbasstoddbass replied on August 15th, 2010

Nice series! I've implemented some of the excercises in my warm-ups! Thanks!

mothmanmothman replied on August 12th, 2010

Hi folks... I've gotten through Scene 6 of this lesson, but Scene 7 won't play for me. Anyone else having this problem??

jboothjbooth replied on August 13th, 2010

No issues here, they are all playing for me!

mothmanmothman replied on August 13th, 2010

Working here now too. Jamplay support said they had an issue with their media server, but have it back up and running now. Kudos to the support team for replying to my issue quickly. =)

pdedeckerpdedecker replied on August 7th, 2010

I never thought I'd be able to do so many interesting things with a mere eight chords so fast. Thanks, Steve!

bascobasco replied on July 12th, 2010

I have been away from for quite some time. I would like to thank them for bringing me back all of a sudden. I have picked up exactly where I left off, and I see that everyone I have shown the "basics" (which I learned from here) to is off doing there own thing (excuse the language) but them bastards are playing things better than I can. I think they have more time on their hands. (Time is key) I hope to learn more from you, and everyone else on this website on how to improve my skills, and everyone elses, so that some day we will all be playing guitar in harmony, and I can stick to the keyboard, and lyrics. Which would make my grandmother happy. She is no longer with us, but I have her piano, and as much as I love the guitar, I would love to see her piano in use. Either way, they are both stringed, and some day I will learn how to read music. I thank you again for all the things you have shown me, and look forward to another year of learning. Mr. Eulberg, please keep showing me, and everyone else what you know, so your greatness will pass on through many generations.

NicaNica replied on June 13th, 2010

Fantastic lesson Steve, mastering this really requires fingering "clean" chords (no squeeks, twangs or buzzes), which is something ive been neglecting a bit in my playing. Really feel encouraged to improve my bad notes now so I can make my guitar sing

candyd56candyd56 replied on June 23rd, 2010

Very nice Steve. Being self taught has left room for improvement, and fingerpicking is one area. This is where the fun begins for me. :)

merischinomerischino replied on May 19th, 2010

I am finding this lesson to be very challenging. I know what to do with my right hand, but my left hand is having to change from chord to chord, only I don't know which ones I should be using. There are many many chords in the supplemental stuff, but it seems only 4 or 5 are actually being used for the lesson. No matter how many times I do the lesson, I somehow seem to always miss what my left hand is supposed to be doing.

joseefjoseef replied on May 10th, 2010

Can't figure out which chords to use when looking at exercises on screen should be indicated over the staff no? unless we look at you on the lesson first, how can we remember the chords...I like to look at the lessons at night after family's in bed, and then practice it the next day..when i'm not disturbing anyone.

joseefjoseef replied on May 11th, 2010

If I put up the exercises on my screen only, I don't know which chords to use, my memory is awful and there are a lot of D chords to remember which is beyond I have to watch the lesson all over many times and I still don't remember which to use.

maericmaeric replied on May 4th, 2010

Steve, Great Lesson. Thank you.

yuenluciayuenlucia replied on April 30th, 2010

another cool lesson. Thanks steve.

rluginbyrluginby replied on February 4th, 2010

It would be nice if you would call out the cord you are changing to instead if just saying change, change, change

rluginbyrluginby replied on January 29th, 2010

Do the exercises coincide with the Scene? You don't call out which exercise you are teaching. I try to follow you and reference the exercise at the same time so I can see, hear and play but they don't seem to match

rick6705rick6705 replied on January 25th, 2010

Steve; You use the term D dominamt 7 to refer to the D7 chord. Is ther a reason for this?

rflora4660rflora4660 replied on January 23rd, 2010

Toughest lesson for me yet. I had to do it a couple of times to get it. Struggling with chord change while I maintain the pick pattern.

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saltysalty replied on December 14th, 2009

Steve, I've been playing for 40 years. I never had lessons, or any kind of training. I joined JamPlay for the year. I know all the chords,ect. I started at the beginning(phase 1) with you. I love it!! I've learned so much from you already. Keep up the good work.

graphitegalgraphitegal replied on November 26th, 2009

Ronin: Just a thought, I was getting the same 'dull' sound with some of the strings when I first started out. My problem is not that my fingers are too thick - they are too thin and 'spindly', especially the 3rd and 4th because I'm double-jointed. I practiced with just those fingers going up and down the frets and it's starting to pay off. My notes no longer sound flat and if they do, it's usually coz I have strayed from just behind the fret marker. Hope this helps.

iainiain replied on October 24th, 2009

Hello Steve... What a wonderful product JamPlay[and yourself] have put together.I consider myself an intermediate level musician with an all around interest in guitar playing and styles. I have just completed lesson 6 and I'm quite impressed with the product so far. Just one suggestion though...I've noticed throughout the lesson notes that accompany the videos some typos and more importantly mistakes with note labelling that I'm sure will confuse newbies that may not see the errors.It seems that the lesson series hasn't been updated recently to correct for these discrepancies. I humbly suggest that this be addressed because otherwise you have an excellent product coupled with your friendly,warm,"down-home" style and knowledge-base to serve the creative needs of a new generation of guitarists. Please keep up the excellent work! In appreciation Iain[from Nova Scotia]

nsliddlensliddle replied on September 16th, 2009

I have loved music my whole life (almost 35 now) and have dreamed of being a "guitar hero" but learning guitar always seemed incredibly daunting so I never ever bothered, believing I could be content with just listening. As things go I picked up an acoustic on a whim a few weeks ago, with the help of a guitar playing singer-songwriter friend of mine, and just happened to stumble upon this site while searching for online instruction. I immediately began with your beginner lessons, Steve, and just finished your challenging chapter 6. I'm simply amazed with the progress I've made already and have you and JamPlay to thank! Needless to say, I can't wait to come home from work every day to play my new guitar and go through the lessons on JamPlay. Your an awesome teacher Steve!

sparky4jcsparky4jc replied on July 29th, 2009

Steve, Thanks for an awesome fingerpicking lesson. I have been noodling and doodling on guitar for years but this lesson gave me tons of teaching and advice on improving with some amazing exercises to point me in the right direction!

blueguitar420blueguitar420 replied on May 20th, 2009

wow i love this ahaa

leftyplayerleftyplayer replied on May 18th, 2009

Steve, thank you for this lesson. I am following the series one by one and learning so much. I've been doing a group class for a year and haven't learned as much as I have watching these lessons. In class, we've just learned song after song, all basic strumming - while it's been fun, I haven't felt like I've progressed much nor have I learned the WHY of things (i.e., theory). THANK YOU!!! (off to practice)

fingersfingers replied on May 5th, 2009

I been playing guitar for many years now and am quite good at it, but I suck at finger picking. I have been trying for years to learn correctly but have always found it too difficult to master. Problem is I lost my fingers on my right hand at the first joint when I was four. This is my first day on JamPlay and I like the lessons and will continue to persevere.

resourceresource replied on April 26th, 2009

Instructor Eulberg: I have a suggestion: If it is possible, could you have the tablature posted to the right of your body? Your fingers are big and I am left guessing what string is he holding. If not, then maybe you could have the camera pan so we could see the strings you are pressing. What I did to figure out the string you are pressing is to go below and press the "Supplemental Content" tab and look through the listed chords to follow along with you. Finally, could you show us how to play the lead-in piece you play before you start each lesson? It is beautiful, and I really like it. I hope I am not asking too much. Thanks Resource!!!

andrewlohandrewloh replied on May 4th, 2009

I face the same problems too.

shaggyshaggy replied on April 10th, 2009

This is great! I have always only picked up finger pecking when it is required in a song that I am trying to learn, but have never actually practiced it individually, which is why I have always had problems with it. Practicing this is really helping my technique, and is making it a lot more natural for my hand instead of forced. I love this site! Been looking for something like this for a long time!

brumbylancebrumbylance replied on February 8th, 2009

Steve, I have been taking these lessons for two months and I have learned more in this short time than I did in the last two years of trying to learn guitar on my owe. Thanks Steve and JAMPLAY!!!

rangelyderekrangelyderek replied on February 5th, 2009

Howdy! Learning lots, learning lots! Having Great time! Great time! Great teacher. Got to get back this old geeeetar! Thanks!

seedevilseedevil replied on February 5th, 2009

i think fingerpicking is gonna be easy to learn now! i like the exercises, and i think ill go online and look for easy songs that use fingerpicking and gradually do harder more complex songs. Steve you are my fav teacher on the site so far.

cinchecinche replied on January 25th, 2009

Hi Steve, Thank you for a brilliant lesson! It is the one I have been realy looking forward to (especially after having a little look at Operator!) and it didn't disappoint. You make it seem very easy and inspire a lot of confindence - so Thank you!

currannicurranni replied on January 12th, 2009

i found this great thanks very much. i find i m relearning somethings even though i m only playing a few weeks. great to bolster my start to guitar technique

laralara replied on December 22nd, 2008

I figured out where i was going wrong.

laralara replied on December 20th, 2008

i have been enjoying this lesson, but i am having some problems. When playing the different D chords, i am getting a plucking sound from either the high e string or the g string. When using D chord for example, all other strings sound okay, but high e gives a plucking sound. What may be wrong?

adris8adris8 replied on December 4th, 2008

Never have i thought that fingerpickin was so fun! i thought it was just plain old finger struming. Ths opened up a new style for me Steve! Thanks alot!

lauramom4lauramom4 replied on October 13th, 2008

Really enjoyed this lesson. Learning which fingers to pluck with on the right hand made a big difference. Before I always just used thumb and one other finger for all the strings. This makes a lot more sense and feels more controlled yet natural.

rudigerrudiger replied on October 5th, 2008

I'm enjoying all your lessons but this one was really good. Thanks!

bullwinklebullwinkle replied on August 4th, 2008

Steve, very cool! Seems like an infinite number of ways to play four chords. I can't wait to get lost in them.

brbonesbrbones replied on August 3rd, 2008

What a great lession plan and teacher. I wish I had found this site 2 years ago when I started trying to play.

jamcatjamcat replied on July 12th, 2008

What I really like about ths lesson is that I'm allowed to experiment with different picking patterns. Thats allot of fun! This his been a great lesson! Really Cool Mr. Eulburg

jamcatjamcat replied on July 9th, 2008

Is there a reason why the D Major 7th chord is not in the Jamplay library of chords? Has this question been addressed before?

jboothjbooth replied on July 9th, 2008 They are located on that page :)

kevinacekevinace replied on July 9th, 2008

I'm certainly no chord expert, but I believe it's listed in the chord library as "D7".

jamcatjamcat replied on July 9th, 2008

Well thease are (D7th and D Major 7th ) two different chords.

lewjoubertlewjoubert replied on November 10th, 2007

Hi Steve, Lesson 6 chapter 4 you talk about a "D Minor Major 7" chord. Now I just cannot figure out what this is? Ive searched the internet for such a thing and asked around - nobody seems to know what a "D Minor Major 7" chord is. What is it? Enjoying the lessons so far - thanks.

celwitcelwit replied on May 22nd, 2008

Try You can find any chord you want on that site, and even make up your own!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on February 27th, 2008

Glad you found it! For anyone else with a question: Dm Maj7 refers to a D minor chord (D-F natural-A) with a Major 7th extension (C#, rather than C natural). It has a very dissonant feel and doesn't work in all situations, but it can work! Steve

lewjoubertlewjoubert replied on November 12th, 2007

OK - I found it!!

rumble dollrumble doll replied on April 26th, 2008

Another great lesson, thanks. I think I'll have to go over this lesson a number of times but I really would love to be able to fingerpick well. I'm finding the same as rod who commented last that I have to rewind a couple of times & quickly write down the progression that we are going to do as I'm never quick enough to catch it the first time. Perhaps it would be helpful if it flashed up to the side of the screen at each change. Having said that, I guess we can't be completely 'spoon-fed!' I am a little frustrated/irritated sometimes when the lessons seem to come to an abrupt halt. I can't understand this & wonder if it's my computer or if JamPlay has done this. It seemed to happen in the final section of this lesson but I have noticed it in other lessons too.

celwitcelwit replied on May 22nd, 2008

I am another player who has been a beginner for 40+ years. I've always just learned to play songs, however I could manage. The exercises and the scales have really helped. The problen I'm having is putting the guitar down. I can't seem to get much else done. I've become what I call a "guitar zombie."

rumble dollrumble doll replied on May 11th, 2008

Doing this lesson for the second time today & certainly getting some improvement. For some reason I'm still having a problem with some of the scenes cutting off short in the lesson. I had the problem with one of the other lessons & someone kindly advised me to change my setting to the low quality. However, even though I've done that I noticed that a couple of the scenes in this lesson just cut off when Steve is still in the middle of the lesson. I'm finding this 'extremely' frustrating! If anyone has any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it as it's spoiling my learning a bit.

neilr1430neilr1430 replied on May 6th, 2008

Steve, your lessons are great...I've been playing the guitar on and off for over 40 years but really wasn't understanding a lot...I knew a lot of chords and coild follow along in song books, but never really knew much about why..I love playing and you are a great instructor...and in my case it goes to show one is never too old to learn and improve..Jamplay is the best thing I've found in all my years of looking and buying books. I wish I discovered you long ago......Thanks for everything !

rodwhitney49rodwhitney49 replied on April 3rd, 2008

Steve, Thanks for the lessons I am enjoying myself very much. However I am a slow learner, I think. Anyway, it would help me very much to see the chord progressions you are asking for in lesson six. I listen and rewind to get them right but when i am playing I forget and get confused. When I look at the tab I can't tell which chord I am supposed to be playing. Any way you can just list them in order you want them played and I can figure out the strings and times you want them played. Thanks For The Help, Rodney

bascobasco replied on February 18th, 2008

Steve, I have come here after trying to teach myself from tableture off of the internet. So far...up to the sixth lesson, I have said Ah-hah soo many times it would have taken many E-mails to let you know every time. I thank you for what you have done for me. However, I am afraid now, because you want me to use my own imagination. This is where I get stuck. I guess for me there are way too many possibilities for me to try and pick one. Too many that I have a hard time going with one, and playing it throughout. I find myself changing it up soo much, that I feel it is the road to nowhere. Anyway, I have learned more in two days than I have learned in probably 5 years. I hope the farther I go, the more I won't leave myself hanging. Thanks again, and I hope the more I press on through this, the less I feel like I am leading myself down a one-way, dead-end street. There is a way out! (I hope)

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on February 27th, 2008

Hi basco, Thanks for your feedback. Ah! the feeling of being paralyzed by too many options--I know it all too well! Here's what has worked for me: Choose one and try it. If you like it, keep it. If you don't try something else. Remember you don't have to make big changes to have a new result. If you like something for a while and then get bored with it--the boredom is a sign that it may be time to change again! Cheers, Steve

bascobasco replied on March 15th, 2008

Thanks Steve, and a huge cheers to you, and Jamplay

pjhubikpjhubik replied on January 7th, 2008

Hi Steve, great job on the lessons. I'm having the same problem as Ronin808 with the Dmin7 fingering. My big fat finger(2) gets in the way of the B string.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on February 27th, 2008

Big finger touching the wrong string! I know something about that, too. Try and come straight down on the string, not leaning that second finger in either direction and see if that helps! Steve

jenifer76jenifer76 replied on February 8th, 2008

This was a great lesson! Is there anything you can't do with a D chord? My coordination is getting much better, which is saying a lot because I'm usually a very uncoordinated person.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on February 27th, 2008 can't play C with a D chord ;) Truly it IS versatile and a good visual way of demonstrating how 1/2 step changes change the character and quality of a chord. Fun, huh? Steve

ronin808ronin808 replied on November 19th, 2007

Hi Steve, I want to thank you for some great lessons. I just started playing at the ripe old age of 38 and wow I love it!!I am having a problem with hitting the D minor 7. I keep getting a tinny sound on eithier the high e string or the B string. Any pointers?? Is there any way of zooming in on your left hand so I can make sure that my placement is correct?? Thanks man

aleshaalesha replied on September 13th, 2007

Hi Steve! I also want to thank you for your lessons which are wonderful! In fact, I came to Jamplay with an electric guitar (which I like a lot), but after your lessons I really want to buy an acoustic one! Looking forward to seeing your new lessons! Alex

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on October 28th, 2007

alesha, always great to make another convert to acoustic guitar!! Steve

fishincmfishincm replied on October 24th, 2007

Thanks Steve for great lessons! I am really enjoying the lessons and have learned a lot. My questions is after going through lesson 6 and all of the other lessons is how long should I practice and should I limit it to a time I feel comfortable with or should I go through all of the lessons at one time? Thanks, Clint

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on October 28th, 2007

Clint, I assume you know your learning styles best. If you're someone who needs to absorb a lot and then let it sink it later, by all means blow through the lessons in a big clip and then review. if you're someone who needs to sit with an issue or problem and turn it over and over until it is clear, then chew more slowly. The beauty of JamPlay is you can move at the pace you need and return to review lessons whenever you need to do that! Here's my rule of thumb: if you are feeling over your head, that is a time to slow down and work on different pieces of what you are struggling with. If you are getting a bit bored, that's a good sign that you're ready to move on. If, later on, you run into a "speed bump" that surprises you, it's probably time for review. Cheers, Steve

evnyevny replied on October 26th, 2007

Great lesson! Lots of fun things to practice and my right hand is getting more coordinated.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on October 28th, 2007

Hi evny, always great to hear that one's hands are getting more coordinated! Steve

brotherbobbrotherbob replied on October 19th, 2007

Hi Steve, I went back through the lesson and I figured out how to read the tablature for the exercises on the supplemental tab so you can disregard my question if you like. Thank you!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on October 28th, 2007

Good job, Brotherbob! Let me know if other questions arise. Steve

brotherbobbrotherbob replied on October 19th, 2007

Hi Steve, Thank you for the great lessons. I do have a question. After going through lesson 6, I went to the supplemental content to try some of the fingerpicking exercise. I am assuming that the numbers 0,1,2,3, are representing the thumb and fingers on the right hand for picking. In exercises #4 and #5 many of the numbers are directly over each other. I am assuming that these need to be played at the same time with the fingers that are indicated. Is this correct? I have also noticed that in several places there is 0 on the D string and 0 on the B string directly above each other. Are these to be played at the same time with the thumb and if so could you explain how that is done properly. I know this is kind of a long question but I want to be sure that I am practicing correctly. Thank you very much!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied on September 13th, 2007

Hi Johnny, you're just in time--I just filmed #7 in the studio last night! Let Jeff get it edited and such and you'll have it! Steve

john oconnor59john oconnor59 replied on September 12th, 2007

:) hi steve i have done lesson 6, found it very interesting the styles of finger picking it took me afew days to master the patterns but think i have it now i startd off slowly with the first pattern and went from there i am enjoying the guitar course very much think i am ready for me next lesson 7 now,,, great lessons thank you johnny ireland;)

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Lesson 8

Chords, Keys and Relationships

This episode delves further in the realm of chords, scales, keys and the relationships between them. You will also learn some new chords.

Length: 34:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Barre Chords

This lesson covers power chords and barre chords. You will learn how these chords are formed and how to apply them.

Length: 38:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Tools for Guitar

Steve explains how basic tools such as the metronome, capo, and picks aid your guitar playing. Enjoy!

Length: 27:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Playing Lead and Scales

This lesson gets you into the basics of playing melodies on the guitar. Playing melodies and solos is often referred to as "lead guitar."

Length: 45:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Hand Stretches

Steve demonstrates some great stretches for the hands, wrists and upper arms.

Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Different Guitars

Steve discusses the difference between the steel string acoustic, classical, and 12 string guitars.

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Changing Guitar Strings

This lesson is all about changing guitar strings. This process can be very frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. Learn some great tips from Steve.

Length: 37:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Timing and Tempo

Steve Eulberg delves into the wonderful world of rhythm and time signatures.

Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Circle of Fifths

Steve Eulberg introduces the Circle of Fifths. He demonstrates a song that features a Circle of Fifths progression.

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Clearing Up Confusion

In this lesson Steve attempts to clear up some confusion with previous lessons. He will talk about reading tablature, note names, chord names and more.

Length: 15:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Review and Moving On

Steve Eulberg does a quick review of this lesson series and talks about moving on.

Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 19

Completing Lessons

Steve answers the popular question, "When should I move on to the next lesson?" by sharing his personal goals and some important advice.

Length: 6:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Steve Eulberg View Full Biography An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.

He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.

Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.

Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).

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