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John Butler Index finger Flat picking technique Help

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#1 Genhain



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Posted 01 January 2012 - 11:54 PM

Right This has been driving me nuts for ages and I hope someone on here can help me....

I can finger pick quite competently and strum fine but when it comes to flat picking like the man himself I fail miserably...The problem Is I try to watch the technique But it's so bizzare...It does not look like strict alternate picking like say for an electric guitar solo/tremolo picking cause his hand moves that much, it looks more like...localized strumming but the string hes doing it on rings out over the other he may/may not be hitting with this odd strum/picking....I have consulted other people on you tube and they say its as i say for when they play they sort of strum in the area...but im not sure. Anything I try just doesn't sound right or sounds strangled as my nail gets caught

The only other possible problem is I'm attempting this on a 6 string rather than the fabled 11-string but i dont want to blame this on the instrument...For reference here is what i am on about





I've started right at the points i am on about

Any Insight or opinion is welcome cause I cant approach this haphazardly without a specific way to practice on doing this properly


EDIT: If it doesent go straight to the times I have put as the web player seems to start them from the beginning start from the times that are in the link..for clartity
times are

1st link: 1:55
2nd link: 2:36
3rd link: 2:24

Edited by Genhain, 01 January 2012 - 11:57 PM.

#2 Shenay


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:52 PM

I don't play guitar but these three videos are amazing. I haven't seen the last one so thanks for sharing :)

#3 Baigy


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Posted 20 February 2012 - 02:46 PM

I'm very condused; as far as I can tell this technique is nothing more than using ones fingernail as they would use a pick - nothing more. That's exactly how I do it and it sounds perfect and I'm not a brilliant guitarist by any standards. And it's got nothing to do with the 6-string, 11-string thing. If you can competently fingerpick, strum and you can keep up with your fret-hand than it just comes down to the right timing and you should be finding it easy... :wacko: