It's easy to overlook how much your picking hand can change your guitar playing; especially when it comes to breaking out of comfort zones with fingerstyle to try a new picking style. Thumb upstrokes are an effective and accessible way to bring percussive dynamics to your chords and here, gifted Canadian solo artist Calum Graham teaches the perfect introductory lesson to get you started.
Elixir® Strings fingerstyle instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Calum learned the technique from French-Canadian virtuoso Antoine Dufour and he demonstrates to us how upstroke thumb playing can be done with or without a thumb pick - the choice is yours.
In this guitar lesson, Calum takes us through the technique step-by-step at a manageable pace, adding upstrokes to a simple chord progression. He then demonstrates how to integrate arpeggiated parts in your guitar playing for even greater effect.
Still in his twenties, Calum Graham has released five solo albums to date and has won fans around the world, including praise from Andy McKee. He plays in a wide variety of alternate tunings and relies on Elixir® Phosphor Bronze strings with NANOWEB Coating. "Elixir are the only strings I've found to date that consistently stay in tune and sound great even after multiple live concerts and frequent tuning changes," says Calum.