Types of Guitar Strumming: Pick vs. Finger

Here is an article I found at goArticles.com.  In this article Nate Edwards share his insight in different strumming techniques.  I hope you enjoy the article and find it useful.  If you have any comments specific to this topic please feel free to post your comment.

Guitar StringsThere are 2 types of guitar strumming techniques you can use to make a smoother sound. The biggest complaint I hear from beginner guitar players is “I don’t think I’m picking the strings on my guitar right because I can’t seem to hit the note I’m looking for.”

This is frustrating and can be the result of a few things like the thickness of the guitar pick you are using.

So to help you get over this little obstacle I decided to share with you the 2 ways you can strum your guitar and the benefits each one offers.

Technique #1: Using the right pick.

You have to have the right guitar pick for what you’re trying to accomplish if you choose to use one. A guitar pick serves the purpose of producing a clear sound with more than enough treble in it.

Understanding the hardness of the pick is critical: a hard pick will make the sound harsh and a softer pick makes a “sloppy” sound like when you hit a tuning fork.

Technique #2: Strumming with your finger.

When I play sometimes I use my finger instead of a medium thickness pick. Do you know what purpose your finger serves when strumming? Your finger creates a very warm and inviting sound. Make sure you use the nail of your index finger while strumming the guitar strings and use your thumb as support for your index finger.

I prefer using my finger because of the feeling of control I get when strumming.

So now that I have told you what the 2 Types of Guitar Strumming techniques are I encourage you to experiment and find the method that fits your playing style. Click here for more tips to help you improve your guitar playing skills.

About the Author – Nate Edwards
Hi my name is Nate. I’ve been playing the guitar for almost a year now. I’m the lead guitarist and singer of my band “The Deep End”.

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