Modern Fingerstyle & Tunings

Artist Series Guitar Course from Yvette Young

Do you find yourself getting stuck in standard tuning playing the same shapes and scales? Is everything you write sounding the same? If you’re looking to break out of the usual habits and go-to chord shapes you are familiar with, this course will teach you about the fun world of open tunings and introduce you to how they can be utilized in writing full-sounding, melodic parts.

25 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

This comprehensive course will start with an introduction to open tunings, listing a few that Yvette uses, and then introduce players to some more complex fingerpicking patterns (introducing compound time signatures). After that, players can build on left hand and right hand independence and eventually learn some two-handed tapping that utilizes fingerpicking and tapping at the same time. Players will learn about how combining techniques adds sonic texture (e.g staccato vs legato, how different touch affects timbre/tone quality), and gradually build up to learning a few riffs in an open tuning that incorporate various fingerpicking and tapping techniques demonstrated in the course.


Series Introduction

Welcome to Yvette Young's series! Join Yvette as she gets creative with open tunings.

3:16 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Open Tunings

While this course will primarily focus on the tuning, DADF#AE, there are a lot of other options out there. In this lesson, Yvette introduces just a handful of those tunings.

9:53 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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Right Hand Dexterity Exercise

Yvette teaches a right hand exercise that doesn't require much thought, but will help build the endurance and muscle memory necessary for fast, controlled fingerpicking.

7:29 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Left Hand Dexterity Exercise

Now that you're right hand is more limber and controlled, it's time to work on the left hand. This left hand exercise will walk through the D-Scale, working on muscle memory and getting more familiar with fretboard in this tuning.

3:52 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Right Hand Triplet Exercise

Learn another passive, muscle memory building exercise that will work on speed and coordination between your thumb and your fingers.

3:40 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Triplets in D Major

Continuing on with a triplet fingerpicking pattern, Yvette brings in the fretting hand and plays the triplets over a D Major scale.

3:30 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Fretboard Movement

In this lesson, Yvette takes a look at the two different forms of movement around the fretboard, horizontal and vertical.

3:19 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Shibuya - Fingerstyle Riff

Learn a riff from Yvette's song, Shibuya. This riff involves complex shapes with fingerpicking and a moving bass line.

5:59 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Two-Handed Tapping

As guitarists, we never have enough fingers. As Yvette demonstrates in this lesson, two-handed tapping is a great way to create a flurry of notes that simply can't be achieved any other way.

6:32 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Tap Pull-Offs

Tap pull-offs are a useful tool for expanding and filling out your sound. Join Yvette as she walks through her approach to this technique and teaches a riff that utilizes it.

2:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Two-Handed Tap Melody

Building off of what we've learned so far with two-handed tapping, Yvette teaches a new melodic idea in this lesson.

4:43 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Tap Slides

Tap slides are a very useful tool for adding fluidity to your runs. Join Yvette as she shows how to effectively utilize this cool technique.

7:02 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Practice Technique: Chunking

Coming from a background in classical music, Yvette has mastered the art of practicing. In this lesson she teaches a very useful tool for effective practice. We'll be using this technique throughout the remainder of the course, so pay attention!

3:36 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Shibuya - Staccato Tapping

In this lesson, Yvette breaks down a staccato tapping riff from her song, Shibuya.

7:37 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Advanced Tapping

This lesson expands on the tapping techniques Yvette's demonstrated so far in the course by blending them with fingerpicking, to create beautiful, complex melodies.

7:23 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Writing in Odd Time

If you've ever feel stuck coming up with new riffs or melodies, changing the time signature can be a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Join Yvette as she explores this concept.

6:20 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Odd Time Riff

Yvette teaches a fun riff with a blend of tapping and fingerstyle over an odd, changing meter.

8:29 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Tap Flourishes

Time to give those fingers a work out! In this lesson, Yvette teaches and demonstrates tap flourshes that require some serious coordination.

7:37 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Technique Toolkit

In this lesson, Yvette walks through the way she approaches songwriting and utilizing various techniques to create engaging dynamics and texture in your creations.

9:45 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Tapping on Acoustic

Tapping on acoustic is typically much harder than on electric. In this lesson, Yvette explains and demonstrates her approach to this technique.

6:06 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Writer's Block

Sometimes you just don't know where to go next in a song. While there's no magic bullet, Yvette shares some tools that have helped her break out of a creative funk.

9:24 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Singing and Playing

Singing and playing doesn't have to be as hard as it seems. In this lesson, Yvette demonstrates some tricks to help you master this intimidating skill.

5:54 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Song Lesson: Blossom

Sit down with Yvette and take a look at her song, Blossom. Drawing upon many of the techniques she's taught in this course, this song utilizes fingerpicking, slides and harmonics in the context of a beautiful, flowing melody, supported by easy harmonies.

18:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Song Lesson: Nautilus

Join Yvette as she walks through the song Nautilus. This track is a great exercise in tapping and contains a number of riffs that should be familiar from the series.

13:34 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Song Lesson: Shibuya

This song has made it's way into at least a couple of the lessons in the series, but in this lesson we're going to take a comprehensive look at it and break it into manageable chunks.

15:52 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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  • San Diego, California
  • Playing since 1998
  • 25 lessons at JamPlay
Yvette Young was raised in a classical household full of music, and started piano at age 4 and violin at age 7. She eventually competed in international competitions and quickly toured with 2 different orchestras. Through her classical music experience, she taught herself how to play the acoustic guitar and eventually moved to the world of electric. Yvette became acquainted with Strandberg Guitars through playing their Boden 7-string. She is currently touring and playing with her band, Covet and has toured both Japan and Europe. In her spare time, Yvette takes care of birds, teaches art, and also produces drawings and paintings. Yvette takes most of her compositional inspiration from nature, particularly the sea. Her two-handed tapping/finger picked playing style has been described as "reminiscent of playing the piano", which fits with her classical upbringing.

Reviews & Feedback 93/100 with 257 ratings

So glad I bought this capo! I was hoping to get a list of those tunings!


Best course yet


Best person in this world


Excellent teacher and a lot of useful excerices


Good ideas here! very inspiring!


Great tunings to play with


I found the material very accessible, despite the playing being intimidating. With regards to learned technique, may be frustrating to some to hear that there's no answer other than practice, but I appreciated her breakdown of how she brings to


I love her style of teaching and her techniques! I hope to see more from her in the future!


I was going to sell my soul for these tabs, but then I found out this tutorial!!!


sweet and slow lesson


Probably because I have a piano background.


She's lovely <3 And so smooth and inspirational for a beginner guitarist such as myself. Thank you so much for having her on and allowing her to be free for subscribers!


Since I am familiar with reading sheet music, the supplements have helped a ton. Also, If I get confused, all I need to do is watch the videos again to observe how the instructor performs the exercise and break apart the tabs shown to achieve t


The teacher seems great --- speaks slowly and clearly and doesn't use any big words or jargon. She stays on message and demonstrates the skill repeatedly and her hand doesn't block one's view of the strings. I have found that this is actually a


Think I'll get fresh ideas from this course


This whole course is amazingly hard and enjoyable at the same time


Very applicable to the world of creating and composing