About Me

Patrick O'Malley, Fingerpicker and teacher @ learnfingerpicking.com

I have taught thousands of students to go from zero to fingerpicking well in a few days – and many more from intermediate to exceptional


Why fingerpicking?

My name is Patrick and I have taught dozens of students to go from never having picked up a guitar before to being really accomplished players. Over the years, I have experimented and realised that there is a way to teach students that seems like starting with what many would believe to be a ‘complex’ or ‘advanced’ style – fingerpicking using the thumb and three fingers – is actually the best way for a complete beginner to learn.

But why?

There is good reason for this.

Why is this important for you?

When you want to learn the guitar, it matters hugely which course and teacher you pick. 

The cost of getting this wrong isn’t that you lose out on $30-50, it is that the teaching may not stick for you and you may end up with a life where you never learn guitar, rather a life where picking up the guitar is a huge joy and pleasure for you, whether just on your own or playing with other musicians. 

- Patrick

For a complete beginner, there is no more effective and no more enjoyable, musical and confidence building way than to start with a couple of chords and a fingerpicking technique. For intermediate and advanced players, there is no better way to learn rhythms, polyrhythms, voicing, composition and melody than to play in a modern acoustic fingerpicking style.