We’re now going to look at quite a different arpeggio. This one the finger picking will be a little bit different but the
base notes is where things change quite a lot so this will be what our thumb does our thumb will do quite a bit more than what it normally does with the base notes.
The chords are quite simple we start with the G chord we will play a C chord we have A minor we have a D chord and back to a G and then finish off on a nice D chord. So all of that is the same as what you know we normally do so that bit’s
The finger picking for this is a little bit different. Let’s start with our G chord and I will name this time the string numbers so one two and three of the three thin strings and thumb. So we start with thumb on the sixth string so it’s thumb then we have strings three two one three two. So it’s thumb three two one three two or a bit slower thumb three two one three two. That’s a little bit back to front to what you’re used to.
Now what happens with the rest of the song or the rest of the chords is that we’re going to play a different bass note starting on G we’ll start with that it’s in six eight so we’ve got one two three four five six then our thumb will play we
still stay on G so we do G for two bars but we’re going to play a B note and the reason we can play a B note is because a B note which is on the fifth string is still part of a G chord so we don’t have to change anything on the left hand we just play a different bass note. So it’ll sound like this starting on G one two three four five six then we play a B note.
So let’s try that through one two three four five six then a B note then we change to a C chord and with a C chord our thumb will play a C note which is the fifth string. Then straight to an A minor which is the fifth string open. A D chord thumb will play the fourth string then this is the tricky bit a D with an F# bass and if you can do it reach your thumb right over the top and hold an F# which is the second fret on the sixth string so that’s a D/F# that means a D chord with an F#
bass note and this is an F# just here but the way to play it hopefully if your hands can reach right over the top there.
After we’ve played our D with an F# bass we go back to a G chord using the sixth string and then back to a D using the fourth string for the thumb one two three four five six just like that. I’ll play it right through slowly and yeah see if you can follow it remembering the thumb is the part that’s really busy so I’ll focus more on what the thumb’s doing. Here we go starting on G one two three four five six one two three four five six a B note one two three four five six A minor D chord
F# bass still with a D chord G and a D.
I’ll do it again a little bit slower this time. It’s a little bit harder to play slow. Here we go one two three four five six G four five six for B note staying on the G chord then a C chord playing the C bass note A minor D D with an F# bass then a G
and a D.
So just check those bass notes again G then a B then a C with a C chord then an A for the A minor then a D with the D chord then an F# with a D chord then a G base note with the G chord and then back to a D note with a D chord. Let’s see if we can play this up to tempo one two three four five six one two three four five six one two three four five six C A minor
D D with an F# G D.
There we go and one more even faster again and you’ll be able to go through the practice tracks to do these anyway so one more time even faster again and you’ll get the feel of what it sounds like as an actual arrangement that you can
use with a song. One two three four five six one two three four five six C G D G B bass note on a G C A minor D D with a F# bass note G D and there you go.