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Finger Method.
This is the second method of strumming. You still
use the same strum patterns as you did with the
pick, though you use your thumb and fingers
instead of the pick.
The finger method will give a quite and mellow
touch to your strumming. It will also start to
train your fingers for the technique of
fingerpicking.
There are a few options when using your
fingers –
(a) Use only your thumb. Use it for
both up and down strumming.
(b) Use only finger 1. Use it for both
up and down strumming
(c) Use your thumb and finger 1 as if
you were holding a pick.
(d) Use your thumb for down strums
and your first finger for the up
strums.
You could sometimes use your second or third
finger instead of your first finger. This will also
help towards fingerpicking.
When using your fingers try to keep your hand
still and use the knuckles to move them.
Movement of your thumb should be circular from
the hand with your thumb knuckle locked. The
first finger should move from the first knuckle
(nearest the hand). Move finger 1 in a straight
line in and out from your palm. Like you are
gesturing someone to come to
you. You should not lock your fingers and move
from the wrist. The wrist will have to move
slightly though only to position the hand over
the correct strings if need be.
Again though for power you might lock the
thumb and fingers and strum from the wrist
or elbow.
As in pick method, though this time it is your
fingers, don't let them dig past the strings.
Skim them across the top of the strings.
Pick and Finger Method.
This is the third method of strumming. You
still use the same strum patterns as you did
with the pick. Though you use your pick and
middle finger instead of the pick.
The pick and finger method is often used to
play rock and blues riffs and songs. You
should also try to use your ring finger
sometimes to help train it for later work.
Take note of these important points -
1. Use the pick for down strums and your
second finger for the up strums.
2. Again use your knuckles to make the
movements. Hold the hand still and work the
fingers.
3. Remember to skim across the top of the
strings when striking with either the pick or
finger.