In this post, I will attempt to answer the question on how to pluck the guitar the proper way.
First of all, I can't really say whether the way I pluck is the proper way to do so because I have never taken any guitar lessons. So, all of this is what I feel is correct.
Ok, during my lessons with my guitar students, I have noticed that many of those who are total beginners have the tendency to pluck in a certain way. They pluck each string using just one finger - the thumb. So I'll just say it now, you should use the rest of your fingers as well to pluck the guitar!
The pictures above shows you two ways which you can position your fingers when plucking. For myself, I prefer to use the one on the right (where the pinky is on the guitar) because I find it helps to keep my plucking hand in place. The only drawback is that after a prolong period of placing your pinky in this manner, it gets stiff and can hurt a little.
Anyway, notice how each finger is placed on a string? In my case, I make use of 3 fingers and the thumb. So the next question you might probably ask is "There are 6 strings on a guitar, if I'm only using 4 fingers, what finger do I use for the remaining 2 strings?"
The answer is simple. For me, I use my thumb to pluck the 4th, 5th and 6th string (I call these strings the bass strings). So, when I play a D chord for example, I'll use my thumb for the 4th string. If I play an A chord, I'll use my thumb for the 5th string. If i use an E chord, I'll use my thumb for the 6th string. The rest of my 3 fingers are placed on the 1st - 3rd string.
Yup, that's basically it. In another post, I'll probably be talking about simple plucking patterns that you can use for songs.