In this fingerpicking pattern, I will take you through the chords A, D and E.  This pattern also uses 4/4 so we will count this as 1,2,3,4.

 This is part of a series of 6 fingerpicking patterns. You can find the full playlist at of patterns at


The next arpeggio that we’re going to look at or finger picking it’s not quite an arpeggio this one’s just finger picking it’s using nice simple A, an A chord a D chord an E chord and back to an A again. We’re going to work a bit again on what
the thumb does on the bass notes but let’s start off with the pattern that’s in 4 4 because it’s nice and simple.

The slight difference that we will do instead of putting your fingers under the strings one two and three and playing those three, we’re going to play strings two three and four for some of these chords and we’re going to change for other ones. So I’m at the moment with the A chord play the A bass note and then use my three fingers under the second third and fourth string. So it’ll sound like this one one two three four one two three four using strings two three and four and your thumb on the fifth string. So just get used to that.

Now we’re going to change to a D chord when we change to the D chord we’re going to use our D bass note and we’re going to move our fingers down to where we normally have been playing when we’ve been picking. So we’ll play one two three four one two three four so it’s a D bass note fourth string and then the other three under the one two and three strings. So back to the A thumb and strings two three and four one two three four D.

So we’re nearly all the way there. We’ve now got an E chord let’s go back to our E chord E chord we play an E bass note up here and then our fingers can either stay on strings one two and three or move back down to two three and four and in this case I’m going to move them back down to two three and four and play the E bass note and then back again to A and then my fingers are already in two three and four so they’re already in the spot where they needed to be just like that.

Let’s play it through slowly four beats on each chord one two three four one two three four D move your fingers down E move your fingers back again A keeping in the same spot but change the bass note A two three four D two three four E two three four A two three four.

Take that nice and slow and get used to swapping between the three fingers being under the strings one two and three and being under strings two three and four. The tricky bit is we’ve played a nice easy bass note but you can tell what’s going to happen here can’t you we’re going to do what’s called an alternate alternating bass note or bass line. So what’s going to happen is we’ll play an A note for the first beat and then on the third beat we will play an E note so we’re going to
alternate between A and E now we’re talking about bass notes here not chords we’re still playing an A chord but we’re playing an E bass note.

So practice doing that fifth string then the sixth string still playing an A chord when we go to our D chord we change from D being the fourth string open fourth string to playing the fourth and the fifth string while playing a D chord.

Let’s try A to D, A is the fifth and sixth strings on the thumb to a D chord fourth and fifth strings with the thumb now an E chord is a little different we start on the sixth string because that’s and we play the sixth and fifth strings instead so it’s back to front compared to what we started with.

So let’s try it E sixth string then the fifth string the sixth string the fifth string and then we’re back to the A chord again
playing the fifth and sixth strings. All together it will sound like this one two three four one two three four D back to A
D E back to A and we’re back to our A note again. That little run at the end was playing with an E chord was playing E
playing an E bass note then the fifth string with E then played just a single note don’t play the other three strings and we’ve got an E an F# and a G# so it’s the second fret and the fourth fret.

If you’re not sure what the notes are E F# G# back to A again. So from the E back to our A chord again so that nice little run just make just adds a little bit to the end of it.

So you can see what sort of music you would probably use that chord pattern in and that’s our 4 4 finger picking.