Flat Picking Technique (Guitar Lesson)


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David Isaacs

Flat Picking Technique

In this lesson, David Isaacs explains the mechanics of picking with a flat pick. He shows the differences between using your arm and wrist for the picking motion.

Taught by David Isaacs in Effortless Guitar seriesLength: 9:39Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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Skywalker37Skywalker37 replied on January 19th, 2015

Great lesson on strumming

pete49pete49 replied on February 22nd, 2014

Thanks David, best explanation I saw on the web for strumming! Pete

cdunnecdunne replied on May 7th, 2012

Thanks Dave, you are a natural teacher and very easy to learn from......really happy you have joined the Jamplay team.

davewhitedavewhite replied on April 10th, 2012

Thanks for a great lesson - my strumming improved immediately!

layollayol replied on April 10th, 2012

Thanks David for the basic lesson. Very good break down & explanation. I keep looking forward to your next lessons! Doug

Effortless Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Effortless Guitar With Dave Isaacs.



Lesson 1

Effortless Guitar Primer

JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with a focus on efficiency of motion.

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Left Hand Technique

Dave Isaacs takes a look at left hand technique with this lesson. He explains how the hand works with the neck and fretboard and corrects some common mistakes most beginners and intermediate level players...

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Flat Picking Technique

In this lesson, David Isaacs explains the mechanics of picking with a flat pick. He shows the differences between using your arm and wrist for the picking motion.

Length: 9:39 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Drummer In Your Right Hand

Dave Isaacs teaches right hand rhythms with this lesson for solo acoustic guitar. He explains that when playing by yourself you need to make up for the lack of other instruments by spicing up your right...

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Building Chords From Scales

Dave teaches you how to open up the fretboard by learning chords built from scales. In this lesson and most lessons in his series, Dave assumes that the student knows the major and minor scales as well...

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Economical Chord Changes

Building upon his last lesson, Dave shows you some ways to change between chords efficiently. This lesson is aimed at self-taught intermediate players but may benefit beginners as well.

Length: 7:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Barre Chords

Dave Isaacs continues his lessons on chord technique with this lesson on barre chords (also known as bar chords). In this lesson he shows simple but effective ways to play barre chords efficiently. He...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions

Dave shows you how to connect a chord together in a progression even if it is not in the same diatonic key of the progression. In this lesson Dave assumes you have some basic knowledge of scale and chord...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Fingerstyle Technique

David Isaacs explores the intricacies of fingerstyle picking and the different methods that can be used. He explains how your right hand works while fingerpicking and how to find what works for you.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Adding Melody To Your Arpeggio Patterns

Dave Isaacs shows you how to add melody lines to your fingerstyle arpeggio progressions. As with all his lessons in this series a certain amount of knowledge is assumed and Dave focuses on helping you...

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Effective Practice Habits For Adults

Dave lays out his life long experiences related to practicing and guitar. If you have limited time to practice and want to get the most out of your time, you need to watch this lesson.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About David Isaacs View Full Biography Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

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