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 pluck the string it come to rest on the sting behind it. It this way the finger pushes the string slight downward instead of upward. The effect if done correctly creates a stronger louder note.
Right hand finger patterns like this one should be a part of your daily practice routine. Spend a couple of minutes a day on this exercise for the next few weeks to get ready for more advanced patterns.
Memorize the parts of the guitar. Test yourself by writing down all the parts you can think of without looking at the answers.
Learn to play your very first notes on the E string. The note are open E, F on the first fret, and G on the third fret.
The strings of the guitar have two names: a letter name and a number name. The number names are 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 – starting from the thinnest string. The letter names are E A D G B E – starting from the thickest string. I recommend memorizing the string names by rote memory.
Learn the names of the guitar strings easily and quickly.
Here some general rules to follow about finger placement that will help you know what fingers to use and when.
This is a Finger exercise for your fretting hand. Practice moving the fingers individually off and onto the fingerboard.
Lets begin to develop rhythmically accurate picado. This simple exercise trains you to alternate your index and middle fingers at a constant tempo when playing melody lines.
How to use an electronic metronome. Your rhythm will improve when you get in the habit of practicing with a metronome.