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The Top 10 Fingerpicking Patterns Every Guitar Player Should Know

Learn the top 10 fingerpicking patterns every guitar player should know in this lesson. You’ll learn single note patterns, double-stop patterns, and patterns that include full chords!

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0:48-Fingerpicking Pattern 1

2:44-Fingerpicking Pattern 2

3:32-Fingerpicking Pattern 3

4:48-Fingerpicking Pattern 4

6:34-Fingerpicking Pattern 5

8:03-Fingerpicking Pattern 6

9:12-Fingerpicking Pattern 7

10:34-Fingerpicking Pattern 8

11:30-Fingerpicking Pattern 9

12:40-Fingerpicking Pattern 10

14:10-The Wrap Up

Some things to remember:

Names of the fingers on your picking hand:

Thumb= pulgar (p)

Index= indice (i)

Middle= medio (m)

Ring= annular (a)

*The symbols come from the Spanish words for thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers In general, your thumb is responsible for playing the bass strings (strings 4-6). Your index finger plays the third string; your middle finger plays the second string; your ring finger plays the first string. Keep your fingers curved and placed on their assigned strings. Pull in from the knuckle, plucking the string with a combination of the fingernail plus the tip of the finger.

For more on guitar basics, be sure to check out the all-in-one book, Beginner Guitar.

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