A method of guitar playing that incorporates individual fingers to pluck and strum strings instead of a pick

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Fingerstyle guitar is an approach where only fingers are used to strike the strings instead of a pick. Guitarists who play in this style use their nails, their fingertips, or individual fingerpicks. Fingerstyle guitar allows a player to arpeggiate chords and play different parts – like a bass line and melody – simultaneously.
Fingerstyle is most often associated with acoustic guitar styles like classical, delta blues, folk, country, and new age, but players like Jeff Beck and Derek Trucks are known for adapting the method to electric guitar.
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