3 Essential Fingerpicking Patterns – Guitar Lesson

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In this fingerstyle guitar lesson, we’ll be taking a look at 3 essential fingerpicking patterns. These important picking patterns are going to help you to develop the dexterity and muscle memory required to play many of your favorite fingerstyle songs.

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  1. D string thumb also?

  2. Thank you Thank you Thank you. Simple, straight forward, no mindless chatter AND you even show the notes!

  3. Swikar Bhattarai

    You're the best!

  4. Sahida Sultana


    4 can replaced by 5 or 6

    Put a chord progression

    Pattern 2:
    5(42)54 | 5(42)54

    Pattern 3:
    5(42) 534 | (52) 435 (42)

    Step 1:
    Constant Base note
    Counting 1 2 3 4
    Until you don't have to think about it

    Step 2:
    Alternate between Base note and another note

    Step 3:
    Putting melody on the Base note
    Example: 5(42)54

    Step 4:
    More melody pattern to the Base note
    Example : 5(42)534 | (52)435(42)

  5. Super sir

  6. Aren't you supposed to use your thumb for EAD and your index, middle and ring finger for GBE respectively?

  7. Nate, isn’t the first pattern 6/8 time? The up and down roll.

  8. Great! Thank you !

  9. very cool. this helps a bunch. I cant believe that the travis style is the easiest one for me to play. I believe its because its the way you teach it. thanks and God bless

  10. I'm very impressed. I'll follow your advice , it's well laid out and thanks!

  11. Please can this fingerpicking pattern be use to run scales. Thank you in advance

  12. What enhances your lesson (here and in the others) is your constant emphasis on going over the exercise/s real "slowly"; a fundamental teaching technique.

  13. Thank you very much, this tutorial has been really helpful!

  14. Caffeinated Nation

    I just realized his speaking pattern is similar to Rami Malek. You're a cool dude! 🙂

  15. |Sir, I am interested in learning fingerstyle playing can you assist me. Thanks Andre

  16. I cannot get desired volume while playing these fingerpicking patterns. When I try to increase volume by playing harder, it doesn't sound smooth. Can anyone help?

  17. Extremely helpful! Thanks for clear and precise instructions. You are the best!

  18. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to pick up guitar again.

  19. 周治民 Stephen Chou

    Thanks. I have a question for you. Your suggested practices (ie. using index finger for 4 string) will mix up my normal way of thumb taking care of 6/5/4 strings and index/middle/ring fingers for 3/2/1 strings respectively. What are your reasons for your suggested finger-picking exercise?

  20. Albert Lewis, Jr.

    As a beginning guitarist, this is great stuff. I watch these videos daily.

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