Express Guitar - The Ultimate Guitar Learning Kit

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finger picking | chords | strings


Guitar Lessons: Beginner

Learn the two best fingerpicking patterns to play virtually any song.




How you know which strings to play when you are finger picking?


Essentially there are two main finger picking patterns:

(a) 3/4 pattern (for songs in 3/4 time e.g., three beats to the bar) right hand picking code Thumb 1 2 3 2 1


(b) 4/4 pattern (for songs in 4/4 time e.g., four beats to the bar) right hand picking code Thumb 312 1312

Here is how the codes work:

Your thumb (of your picking / strumming hand) plays the bass note of the chord, the thumb can play either the 4th / 5th or 6th string depending on the name of the chord. In other words if the chord was *D* you would play the 4th sting open (D), alternatively if the chord was *A* you would play the 5th string (A).

The other numbers represent the individual fingers:

1 = 1st finger (this finger plays the 3rd sting)
2 = 2nd finger (this finger plays the 2nd sting)
3 = 3rd finger (this finger plays the 1st sting)

Now, for a working example, let's play a *D* chord in 3/4 time.

step 1 : Thumb plays 4th sting open (D)
step 2 : 1st finger plays the 3rd string
step 3 : 2nd finger plays the 2nd finger
step 4 : 3rd finger plays the 1st string
step 5 : 2nd finger plays the 2nd finger
step 6 : 1st finger plays the 3rd string

all this is done while holding the *D* chord shape



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