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There are so many ways you can play through a set of chords and fingerpicking is a great way to be more creative. In this fingerpicking pattern, I take you through the chords Em, G, D and C.  This pattern also uses 6/8. This means you will count 1,2,3,4,5,6 when playing through the pattern. The fingers you will use are Thumb, third, second, first, second and third. 

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

In this finger picking exercise we’re going to use six eight or the time signature six eight where we count to six instead we count one two three four five six. We’re going to be picking individual fingers and this one’s a little bit more complicated. The chords we will use are E minor which is a nice chord G fits in perfectly a D chord and a C chord and you can add the extra G note on the C chord if you like.

I’ll show you a couple of different ways of playing that as well as we go. But we’re counting one two three four five six and we’ll play each chord through twice so let’s practice on E minor to start with.

The pattern we’re going to do and I’ll name these based on the strings so starting with the thumb, thumb on the open E string so it’s thumb three two one two three or one two three four five six so there’s the six eight part there’s six beats. Again numbering the strings for you one with the thumb three two one two three so it’s nice and easy it’s just starting with the thumb then each finger one after the other and back down again. It takes a bit of practice to get your fingers to slot back into the the right spot but with a bit of practice it will sound like this. One two three four five six one two three four five six one two three four five six one two three four five six.

Let’s practice that E minor, G, D and C the important parts is the base notes I’ll play it through first and i’ll go back and explain what they are for you here we go E minor one two three four five six one two three four five six G one two three four five six one two three four five six D one two three four five six C one two three four five six and back to E minor. So what notes did I do with my thumb this time? On the E minor it was the open string open E for the G chord it is the sixth string third fret is a G note so I play the thumb with the G.

When we go to the D chord we use our D note which is the fourth string just there and then for the C chord we use the fifth string third fret which is a C note and again you’ll start to get used to these quite a lot. Let’s try it all the way through and we’ll make sure we get the base notes right as well and we’re in six eight so it’s one two three four five six one two three four five six and again then a G chord one two three four five six one two three four five six D one two three four five six C one two three four five six E minor.