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Fingerpicking is a great way to be more creative. In this fingerpicking pattern, I take you through the chords G, Em, C and D.  This pattern also uses 4/4 but we will count this as 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. This gives us 8 notes to pick in each bar. These are called quavers or 1/8th notes.

 This is part of a series of 6 fingerpicking patterns. You can find the full playlist at of patterns at  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU6fSnR5dDBxpQSYgRC4C96QDGhWjFgWa

Transcript

For this finger-picking exercise we’re going to use our fingers as uh same position as we have done with our first finger picking exercise, we will change the thumb to be different notes but our fingers are going to instead of
pulling all three together at once they’ll be played individually and there’s a bit of a pattern to this and we’ll start on now we’ll play G chord, our thumb will do the G note which is that note there on the sixth string third fret is G. But our other three fingers will one at a time play these notes. So it will be G then and i’ll count the string numbers for you so it’ll be
strings one two and three. So we’ve got G then we’ve got string three two three one three two three. Did you get that?
We’ll write that up there so you can see you’ll see it written just over here.

Try that again. So we start with the thumb then string number three two three then string one three two three and the way we count this is in a group of eight so it’s one two three four five six seven eight do it again slower one two three four five six seven eight or if you need the string numbers it’ll be thumb three two three one three two three and you’re probably wondering what does that sound like as an actual piece of music. I’ll play it for you a bit quicker and it will sound
quite nice. Ready here we go two three four.

So that’s what you’re going to work your way up to and be able to play fairly soon, see here you go though. Now we’re also going to play a few other chords it’s not just a G we’re also going to play E minor we’re going to play
C and a D.

Now the fingers and the finger picking doesn’t change except for the thumb, the thumb will change. So the thumb will start on G with the G note.

So that was our first part our first eight notes. Then we go down to E minor and our thumb will play the open E string because that’s an E string an E minor.

Then we go to a C chord and for C the C note and you remember that from your bar chords, the C note is on the fifth string third fret and then we finish with the D and the D will be the fourth string so your thumb plays the fourth string so let’s go through and work out the thumb again. On G we start on the sixth string is a G
note and then we play through go to E minor and the thumb will play the open E string we go to a C chord
and the thumb will play the C note which is the third fret on the fifth string, got that one. Then for the D chord the thumb will play the D note which is the fourth string, is our D note just there.

So let’s play the whole thing through G E minor C and D. From G two three four one two three four five six seven E minor
C then D and back to a G note. Shall we try it again?

Now that I’ve played it through for you it’s your turn, jump in and have a go.

Starting on G one two three four one two three four five six seven eight one two three four five
six seven back to C five six seven eight D note three four five six seven eight G. We’ll keep going through E minor
back to C D five six seven eight G.

So now that you’ve had a go at that what we’ll do is I’ll play through three different tempos of that chord pattern for you using the finger picking as well you can practice to each one start with the slowest tempo because it will be quite fast um once you get to the faster tempo obviously, so start nice and slow and keep it nice and even and a couple of things to be careful of one is that you make sure when you’re playing these three notes with your arpeggio and finger picking with your right hand you need to make sure you do hold all the chords correctly otherwise you’ll end up with these dead notes
and remember with chords we’re using open chords so it’s a little bit easier but with the chords you always have to slide
your finger forward to the front of the fret if you have it too far back it sounds a bit dead so move it to the front. Do that with all of the chords when you play them, same with the E minor and be careful you don’t accidentally bump that string or or touch it when you’re playing otherwise you will end up with a funny buzz or a dead note and that’s a lot harder to hide when you’re finger picking  you need to make sure you get every single note.

So we’ll try this through once more a little bit faster and then you can have a go at the um practice tracks and try it out
yourself. Here we go one two three four one three four one two three four one two three four D and again back to a D chord.

Now to get up to that tempo will take a bit of practice so if you need to pause go through and just play that pattern through until your right hand gets really comfortable with that pattern that nice nice even pattern one two three four
five six seven eight. 

And that’s our G arpeggio.