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Introduction to the new Finger-Picking technique founded by Amir Karimi

Several years pass since the emergence of guitar and its different types that we know today. Musicians and music teachers have done their utmost to create innovations in this instrument. The result: the creation of different techniques and the formation of comprehensive and extensive methods. These methods have been supplemented and revised for several years by Teachers and thinkers in the field of music so that they are available to us in the present form.

Today we see various methods and techniques for playing guitar. If we want to speak clearly about methods defined for the most popular styles, we must indicate different methods and techniques written for Pop and Classical styles. Given the plurality of books relating to these styles and as it is already known by the general population, guitar is played by plucking at its strings. This technique is the most common and best known in the world today. To do it in Pop style, a guitar pick is used. Note that there are positive attributes and limitations of playing in each of these methods. Teachers of Pop style prefer to use picks because it is faster than the fingers; whereas classical musicians consider that to play classical pieces of music, it is necessary to use fingers, a style that continues for many years already. Besides these two inclusive techniques (pick and finger), some teachers have tried to mix and create new methods and techniques. The result of their efforts was the creation of a style called Finger-Picking. This is not about studying the history and the different types of this style here, but what is clear is that this style is not as common and functional as the styles in which fingers or picks are used (because the limitations, due to the concomitant use of the pick and finger, are more than their advantages). However, thanks to the researches I have done in the field of use, revision, adjustment, completion and redefinition of this specialized style, I’ve come into interesting results as well as an integral technique which includes the Pop and Classical styles, being also the opening of a new horizon in the composition of different guitar pieces, thus eliminating the existing limitations for playing guitar by picks or fingers.

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