I got an acoustic guitar back in October and decided I was finally going to learn how to play. I don't really have the time or the money to take lessons, so I find free "How to play __" vids on YouTube. Progress has been pretty slow, but I can almost play a passable version of Dear Prudence now. I thought I was just going to focus on fingerpicking, but I got distracted and started trying to play I Walk the Line with a pick. Can any of you world class musicians recommend a good semi-beginner instructional dvd to learn flatpicking and/or fingerpicking?
When I first started I was using the lessons on www.wholenote.com to learn the basics of stringing, tuning, chord construction, reading tabs. Flatpicking I learned mostly by experimentation and watching the wrist/pick grip of my favorite guitarists.
When I began finger picking I started by learning “travis picking” (named for merle Travis but I share the name so thought that was cool)... [dylanchords.info]
Go there and find the tab for Don’t Think Twice. Play the pattern of the first 6 notes until it’s second nature to your muscle memory and then slowly move on, learning the slightly modified pattern on each chord of the song. It’s some of the hardest fingerpicking I know to this day so don’t get frustrated but if you can fingerpick that, you’ll have no problem learning anything else or making up your own patterns on instinct.