Intro to Picado

Picado is the Spanish guitar technique of playing melody or single note lines.  It is also known as the rest stroke.  It is called so because after your finger plucks the string it come to rest on the string behind it.  In this way the finger pushes the string slightly downward instead of upward.  The effect, if done correctly creates a stronger louder note.

Use just your index and middle fingers (right hand).

Remember to:

  • plant
  • push
  • alternate
  • rest

3 Replies to “Intro to Picado”

    1. I keep nails pretty short–just beyond the flesh of the finger. It is important to keep them smooth and rounded so that they never snag on the strings. This can be done using diamond nail file, and then at least 600 grit sand to finish.

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