Julian Ward wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:48 pm
I don't know about other countries but in the UK the term 'fingerstyle' is used mainly in its literal meaning - on a steel string acoustic guitar, as opposed to using a plectrum. That's all really.
One thing that tends to be different between the "finger pickers" (usually, as you say on a steel string guitar) and the classical style is the way that the right hand is used. In the classical style the player uses the rest stroke or the free stroke to control the tone and volume of the note being played - to emphasise the tune for example or to produce a more mellow tone.
With the self-taught finger-pickers they mostly seem to use the free stroke - which is limiting with an acoustic instrument, where you can't just adjust the tone control. There's a whole new world of difficulty when you start trying to use the rest stroke properly.
Especially when you try to do it on a steel strung guitar which almost always has much narrower string spacing at the bridge (saddle).