Matt’s Fingerpicking Exercises

May 12, 2015

Fingerpicking exercises with Matt



This instructional video features one of Dave Simon’s Rock School’s experienced instructors, Matt Maher. During this video, Matt explains fingerpicking exercises that are perfect for beginner guitar students. Fingerpicking is a great way to start to practice playing the guitar with just your fingers and without a pick. Playing without a pick can feel at bit awkward at first, so it’s always good to build up the muscles and comfort level. For beginner students, fingerpicking can help get your fingers accustomed to the feel of the guitar strings. This is a great exercise for students who want to get started with fingerpicking but may not be ready to tackle an entire song.

This video goes over a few simple exercises that use different fingers and techniques. It starts with a C chord using a few fingers and thumb, and then moves into a different pattern that allows you to work on some different muscles. This is just one of many exercises that students can look forward to during Dave Simon Rock School classes. Each class strives to move students’ overall progress forward, without overwhelming them with complicated skills outside of their current skillset. Simple exercises, such as this fingerpicking exercise shown here, not only build muscles, muscle memory, and physical comfort level on an instrument, but also help build students’ overall confidence. If you’d like to set up a class with Matt or any of our other talented and experienced teachers, contact us!




  • Power Chords
  • Open Chords
  • Barre Chords
  • Seventh Chords
  • Jazz Chords
  • Major/Minor Pentatonic Scales
  • Natural Major/Minor Scales
  • Modes
  • 12-Bar Blues
  • Improvisation
  • Rock, jazz, folk and classical stylings
  • Reading chord charts
  • Reading lead sheets

All students in guitar lessons take assessments each session to track their progress and set new goals. We encourage students to bring CDs or iPods to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.