One of the most characteristic techniques of fingerstyle guitar is the alternating bass. This technique uses the thumb to alternate between two bass notes, each played on a different string.
Although this is not easy, a steady alternating bass part could also give the player some grip during the learning process of a song, especially if the rhythm of the melody part is more complicated.
More alternating bass exercises
Thumbpicks are widely used in fingerstyle guitar music, although they are not essential. A thumbpick can be used to emphasize the bass notes, as it enables one to transmit more force onto the strings compared to playing with nails or with bare fingers. Apart from that a thumbpick is advantageous for playing songs with a palm muted bass. And if a thumbpick is supported with the index finger it mimics a flatpick, enabling one to play sequences of single notes very rapidly. More thumbpick exercises
A guitar string always vibrates at multiple frequencies when it is played. By touching the string at specific locations, the fundamental frequency of the string can be muted while its harmonics remain audible. When notes like this are played on open strings they are named natural harmonics. More natural harmonics exercises
The possible amount of tone combinations that can be played on a guitar, is limited by both the physical constraints of your hands and the tuning of the strings. Using a different tuning opens up a world of new tonal possibilities, as it enables one to play combinations of tones that were not possible before.
Alternate tunings are also used to extend the guitar’s range if, for example, the sixth string is tuned down to a D. More alternate tunings exercises
Four intermediate level fingerstyle exercises are presented on this page. View intermediate level exercises