Play Guitar: How to Finger-Pick Part 4

Now that we have covered the basics of finger-picking, we will now look at some specific examples of finger-picking patterns applied to guitar chords.

The best way to practice these finger-picking patterns is to apply them to individual chords, then chord progressions and ultimately songs.

Here are some examples of the finger-picking patterns applied to individual guitar chords:

Finger-style Exercise # 13
5-1-3-2 applied to an A minor chord.

fingerpicking ex 13

Finger-style Exercise # 14
Here is a D minor chord with picking pattern 4-1-3-2.

fingerpicking ex 14

Finger-Picking Applied to Chord Progressions
Once you feel comfortable finger-picking individual chords, you are ready for the real fun stuff—finger-picking chord progressions.

Finger-style Exercise # 15

fingerpicking ex 15

Above you can see  the finger-picking pattern 6-3-2-1, 5-3-2-1, 4-3-2-1 applied to G, C and D major chords.

In our next finger-picking lesson, we will look at a fun finger-picking song.  called “Romance Anonimo“.  This is a perfect song to learn for your Valentine’s Day Sweetheart.

About Don J MacLean

Don J. MacLean is one of the world's leading authorities on accelerated learning systems for guitar—with students using his methods in more than 50 countries worldwide. Don is the author of over 60 books including The World of Scales, the Absolute Essentials of Music Theory for Guitar, How I Got Killer Guitar Chops While I Was Still in High School: Confessions of a High School Shredder, 21 Secrets to Learn any Guitar Song Super-Fast, and Guitar Essentials: Chord Master Expanded Edition.

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