fin·​ger·​pick·​ing | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌpi-kiŋ How to pronounce fingerpicking (audio) \

Definition of fingerpicking

: a method of playing a stringed instrument (such as a guitar) with the thumb and tips of the fingers rather than with a pick

Other Words from fingerpicking

fingerpick \ ˈfiŋ-​gər-​ˌpik How to pronounce fingerpicking (audio) \ verb

Examples of fingerpicking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What Color is Love is the best of the trio, with Callier’s signature acoustic fingerpicking paired with Charles Stepney’s lithe orchestrations. Spin Staff, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2022 Its unsettling sound hinges partly on a guitar player’s spidery fingerpicking, which frequently requires the use of all ten fingers. Timothy Ivy, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2021 The bluegrass ditty spins tales of good-natured trouble-making against a fingerpicking frenzy. Cindy Watts,, 20 Oct. 2021 The wider world first heard James’ fingerpicking style and high, lonesome falsetto on a series of recordings for Paramount Records in 1931. Timothy Ivy, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2021 The melodies are nice, the fingerpicking style is nice, the instrument sounds real clean., 25 June 2021 The melodies are nice, the fingerpicking style is nice, the instrument sounds real clean. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 The original version incorrectly identified mandolin players as commonly employing a fingerpicking style. The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Mar. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of fingerpicking

1956, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2022

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“Fingerpicking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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