Happy uses finger and thumb picks but I have seen other guitarists use any combination you can think of used to good effect: bare fingers, a thumb pick and plastic glue-ons, and thumb pick and finger picks or anything that gets the job done.
I just compared this to Stefan Grossman's method and for a beginner I prefer this method of instruction. Actually Chet Atkins used a thumb pick too. There is a Chet lesson I write about and Chet switched over to a Nylon string guitar
For a brand new picker Happy doesn't skimp over the right hand as does Stefan. I would check out Stefans stuff later because its quite advanced. After I had some confidence under my fingers. With something I know is difficult, or at least seems so, I want to take my time and get it right the first time.
I like to feel coddled and want thorough explanations and Happy gets us up and whacking the piñata in just such a fashion.
Its not like you are going to throw up your hands and say this is too hard the way Happy teaches it! The upstroke with your forefinger many Chicago Blues electric players do too: Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Son House and many more. Its very nice to know of its acoustic beginnings.
I think this guitar lesson is a jolly good choice and suitable for just about anyone; male, female, young or old looking to learn some Blues guitar finger style moves which could work in electric Chicago Blues and Rockabilly too.
And only because both Happy and Pete Huttlinger use thumb picks do I further recommend Pete's most excellent. Essential Fingerpicking Exercises Lesson.
I review other excellent introductory Blues lessons but they are mostly for flat pickers. This is for beginning finger style blues and what you need to get started with realistic goals instead of unrealistic ones. Now I move on too its companion lesson Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar II.
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