Right Hand Basics for Guitarists
In this course we are going to learn the very basics of good, correct right hand technique on the acoustic guitar. We will begin with a set up position, move on to basic strumming with your fingers and thumb and then we'll learn thumb-strum techniques where your thumb plays a bass note and your index finger follows with a strum. These are the basic staples of acoustic guitar playing and will help you to make your songs more interesting and a little more sophisticated than basic plectrum strumming.
A common thread through all 4 videos videos is the attention to a good solid right hand position, avoiding any unnecessary movement.
Right Hand Set Up Position
Here is a correct and effective right hand position that covers most aspects of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, from fingerpicking to strumming. It avoids anchoring your right hand ring and/or 3rd finger on the soundboard. If you already do this, I usually advise to continue doing so as retraining your right hand from this approach takes up a lot of valuable time. If you are a beginner or play without anchoring any right hand fingers then I'd encourage you to follow my hand position here, which is the very best approach to learn.
Strumming with your Fingers and Thumb
The two main aspects of this technique are playing from the wrist only (not the elbow) and using the weight of the hand to deliver a good strong, even down strum with little effort and avoiding unnecessary movement.