Back to all courses

Acoustic Fingerstyle Level 1

Guitar Skills



Get instant access


The magic of fingerstyle

Fingerstyle is an extremely powerful technique. It has the ability to take all of those chords that you already play on a daily basis and turn them into something truly magical. When you put the pick down and start using your fingers, you open up a whole new world of sounds. You can play those same open chord shapes that you've been playing since the start of your guitar journey, but suddenly you can pick out individual notes, you can access specific melodies within the chords and create entirely fresh new compositions. It really is exciting to see it come together, and in this course we take you from ground up as a beginner to the technique.

I'm so excited to be able to share my years of experience playing and learning this specific style with you. We're going to turn your standard chord shapes into something far more exciting, and far more musical!

Thomas McConville

Chords and melody

By the end of this course, you will be able to play acoustic fingerstyle. It's as simple as that as you'll be able to play chords combined with melody. You'll understand chordal harmony more deeply. You'll have a wide range of new open chord shapes, utilising inversions, slash chords and embellishments. You'll be able to play fingerstyle in at least four different styles and have the essential tools to take your fingerstyle playing to an advanced level. The content in this course lays the foundations and then some. It's the platform you need to master the style in the long term, but we'll also get you there right now in the short term. Join Thomas today, and finally learn this incredible style.


20 HD videos

Full lesson notes

Backing tracks

Supporting diagrams

Interactive guitar tab

This course includes the following 4 units:

Unit 1

4, 5 & 6 Strings

In Unit 1 we cover the absolute basics. We take all of the main open chord shapes that you already know, and explain how you would use the different fingerstyle patterns to pick through each string.

Lesson 14 String Chords

Lesson 25 String Chords

Lesson 36 string Chords

Lesson 4All Together

Lesson 5Your First Track

Unit 2

Folky Fingerstyle

In Unit 2 we take it up to the next gear by bringing in chord inversions and embellishments to our fingerstyle patterns. We focus on a full folk style track that really encapsulates the sound of this wonderful genre.

Lesson 1Inversions

Lesson 2Folky Fingerstyle

Lesson 3Section A Continued...

Lesson 4Section B

Lesson 5All Together

Unit 3

Hip Hop Fingerstyle

In Unit 3 we really jump up a notch, and enter the world of hip hop fingerstyle! It's so much fun to see just how applicable this style is to a wide range of music, and this track demonstrates that perfectly.

Lesson 1Open Chord Keys

Lesson 2The Capo

Lesson 3The Track

Lesson 4Continued...

Lesson 5Final Chords

Unit 4

Poppy Fingerstyle

Finally, Unit 4 brings everything together so far, but ramps up the difficulty. We combine chords, melody, embellishments and a range of fingerstyle patterns to create a country pop masterpiece that you will absolutely love learning!

Lesson 1Pull Offs

Lesson 2Section A

Lesson 3Continued...

Lesson 4Section B

Lesson 5All Together

Pricing options

Choose to either purchase this single course, or subscribe and open up access to all of our courses. We've broken down the options below.


14 days free

Get instant access to all our courses

Online access to all courses
Interactive tab
Progress tracking
Learning pathway
Progress reviews
YGA Mentors
Community access
Weekly webinars
New courses regularly
Exclusive deals and competitions

What you get

Whether you buy or subscribe, you'll get full online access to this course – Acoustic Fingerstyle Level 1 – complete with ad-free video lessons, interactive tab, audio tracks, progress tracking and more.

Guitar Club subscription features

Beautiful workbook

Course workbook

Every downloadable course includes a detailed workbook, written to work as a standalone study guide, as well as support the main videos.

*the PDF workbook is only available with the download of the course.

Everything you need

Choose to either purchase this single course, or subscribe and open up access to all of our courses. We've broken down the options below.

Full Video Lessons

HD, multi-camera, professionally filmed video lessons to show you the way with crystal clarity.

Backing Tracks

You'll have every single backing track and jam track for every single course.

Interactive Tab

Tab that moves along with the music! Slow down, loop and speed train with this interface.

Subscribe for all the perks

With a subscription, you'll also get access to all of our other great courses, as well as a learning pathway to supercharge your playing.

©2024 Your Guitar Academy Ltd.