Q&A: How to strum without a guitar pick

Lesson #317 • Aug 7, 2020

3 ways to strum without a pick

Editor’s notes

Hey friends! Quick question & answer video here, where Tim writes in asking about playing without a pick: he says his thumb is doing him just fine – and he’s wondered if he is missing out on anything. In this video I’ll give my thoughts (if it works for you, keep it up!) – and show off 3 basic techniques for strumming without using a pick, should you find yourself curious. To be honest, the last 1-2 years I’ve found myself more and more comfortable strumming without a pick – so I’m quite happy to show you some of my favorite approaches.

Here’s the timestamps so you know what you’re in for.

  • 0:44 Brushing with your thumb
  • 1:52 Strumming with your index finger
  • 3:42 Strumming with thumb & index finger
  • 5:53 Farewell & send in your questions!

Enjoy! And send in any questions you have to [email protected]

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