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Finger Picking Lessons; Patterns #21 – 25

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Finger picking Tab.
Picking Patterns  #21-25
(Roll picking)   

On this page of finer picking lessons you will not hear the metronome but the speeds are the same as on the other preceding pages. The slow speed is at  80 and the fast speed is done at the same metronome setting but the picking is just twice as fast.


Picking Pattern #21
(Roll pick)

This pattern is similar to pattern #20.  It is a “picking roll pattern” but notice how the first bass note and the end bass note of the pattern have changed.  This change will help you to “through” your picking rhythm back to the beginning of the picking pattern.  Keep repeating the pattern until you get it to be like one continuous picking rhythm!

Notice the symbol  ‘  right after the first note.  This indicates a slight pause before picking the next note.

Audio samplesPat.21.slow /

C   chord

………T   ‘   2    T    1    2     T    1    2    T    1    2    T    1    T    2


Picking Pattern #22
(Roll pick)

This picking pattern is the same as #21 except it has the same beginning as picking pattern #20

Audio samples / Pat.22.slow/ 

   C   chord

………T   ‘   2    T    1    2     T    1    2    T    1    2    T    1    T    2


 Picking Pattern #23
(Roll pick)

This picking pattern is the same as #21 except the end has the lowest string in it.

Audio samples /

C   chord

………T   ‘   2    T    1    2     T    1    2    T    1    2    T    1    T    2


 Picking Pattern #24
(Roll pick)

Now we’re going to use a “roll pattern” and introduce the 3rd finger of the right picking hand.  You are still using three finger picks, and so now we are going to use them all in this picking pattern.  We haven’t been using the 3rd finger in these roll pattern yet, so this may take some getting used to.  Notice that in the middle of the pattern you are skipping a string in the roll.  You’re jumping form the ‘g’ string with the 1st finger and going to the ‘e’ string with the 3rd finger.  You will use this a lot in the future so keep that finger pick on the 3rd finger. 


C   chord
……-.T   ‘   2    T    1    2    T    1    3    T    1    3    T    2    T    2

Try This Exersice;

This is different.  To help you get use to this picking pattern as a exersice just isolate the “new” section or what you see in red and practice just that.  Once you get used to skipping the string (picking the 1st finger then skipping the string for the 2nd finger and going to the 3rd finger string) in this pattern then go back and try to play the whole thing in sequence.


 Picking Pattern #25
(Roll pick)

Finally in this picking pattern you are now going to be using all six strings of the guitar in a “roll pattern.”  These roll patterns should be relatively easy to learn because you are “adding” just slight changes to each progressive pattern till now when your using all six strings of the guitar.

I noticed on the audio for this pattern that it is difficult to hear the next to the last note (the G note on the bass E string played with the thumb of the picking hand. It’s there…. it’s just hard to hear in the first measure. After that it’s better.

                   Audio samples / SPat.25.slow/

C   chord
………T   ‘   2    T    1     2     T    1    3    T    1    3    T    2    T    1


I believe the possibilities of different finger picking patterns would be endless.  If it’s not endless there are far too many and it’s impossible to list them all.  What I hope you can see by these patterns on this site is that you can have a lot of variation in your music.  You can also make up or build your own picking patterns and learn your own style of finger picking by incorporating the same “learning” techniques that I have been teaching you here on this site

For example: Another thing you can do is to pick more than one string at a time. With this finger picking pattern below you will be learning to pick two strings side by side at the same time. This style of picking adds fullness and body to the overall sound. This particular pattern below is similar to the “roll” patterns form Pat. #14 -25.  But it is good to learn to pick multiple strings with many different patterns. I’m not going to provide an audio sample with this one.  I’m going to leave you on your own to get the timing.

G   chord
……T    T    1     2    T    1    T    2       T    T    1     2    T    1    T    2
……………..2     3  ,,,,    2          3                    2     3          2          3


By the time you have gotten this far with your finger picking endeavors you can start to make your own additions to the patterns.  Now it’s time to get creative and come up with some on your own stuff. You can take any one of the patterns you have already mastered and add places where you pick two or three strings instead of just one.  You should learn to make progressions from one chord to another while adding notes between the chords. Learn to include scales as well as hammers, pull offs, slides and so on, so your playing sounds more advanced and interesting. There are many, many more ideas I could show you, but my goal here isn’t to teach you every picking pattern and every lick I know.  Rather, I’m hoping that by learning the picking patterns on this web site you will have “gotten hooked” on finger picking. The patterns here should be enough to accomplish that.  I hope you have now entered into that totally “new world” of guitar playing and are determined to keep with it.

Please remember what I’ve been saying about using finger picks.  It isn’t easy to learn using finger picks I know, but it is the BEST way to learn.  If you become proficient at using finger picks you will have already lifted your guitar playing up above all those others who didn’t do what it takes to use to them.  I hope that one day I’ll be seeing you on Public TV, hearing you on your own CDs and hearing some outstanding finger style guitar work that you have mastered and made your own.

To think that I had a small part in helping you to get there will be for me a real sense of satisfaction. Thank you for being one of my students and for showing your appreciation by making your purchases of my music.

I’m signing off now.

Paul Smith 

   P.S. Please remember me and please tell others that I was of help to you! 

Here is wishes you the best.


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