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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To play a stringed instrument, such as the guitar or banjo, by plucking individual strings with the fingers.
  • transitive v. To play (a stringed instrument) by plucking individual strings with the fingers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of plectrum that clips on to, or wraps around the end of the fingers and thumb.
  • v. To pluck of the individual strings of a stringed instrument with the fingers

Etymologies

finger +‎ pick (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I fingerpick really fast at times, and I don't have to worry about these things falling off.

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  • She does not know he used to fingerpick guitar, so she will not miss hearing him play.

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  • If you are sans band, and you play the guitar and sing along, probably you sing the melody and strum or fingerpick chords, i.e. the rhythm; least that's how it works for me.

    Changing the Tune

  • I do have a whole bunch of songs that I strum or fingerpick whilst singing -- well, more like croaking -- along, ranging from The Kinks Lola, to Randy Newman's Sail Away, to some I've written, but since I'm focusing more on how to play the guitar, I don't spend as much time learning those as I do the instrumentals.

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  • I actually fingerpick, or pluck, the chords, rather then using a pick.

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  • I was going to use my crappy Costco-bought Yamaha acoustic, but I couldn't fingerpick it loudly enough.

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  • You can strum, you can fingerpick, and you can play chords and solos.

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  • You can also try and find nice combinations of ways to fingerpick chords yourself, try it out.

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  • Zak is doing great-he has taken up learning how to fingerpick acoustic guitar and after a month sounds like he has been at it for about a year.

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  • Now that you know how to fingerpick, what are you going to play with it?

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