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Picking Patterns - part 4

Lyle: We are going to start off with the finger picking pattern from last lesson - part 3. Here it is:

Lyle: You can watch the video clip to get a closer look. The right hand thumb and 3rd finger start the pattern, your index finger will pluck the 3rd string, and your middle finger plucks the 2nd string.

Lyle: Lay your fingers and thumb out on the strings like this:

right hand fingers

Lyle: Here's a jam track for you to practice this to:

Lyle: In part 1 we used a D chord like this and moved it up the neck, using a basic picking pattern. You can apply this pattern to the same lick. Here's the new tab, D - E - F - G.

Lyle: Try playing lick 1 along with the jam track. Here's a sample clip to listen to.

Lyle: After you have learned lick 1, apply this same picking pattern to another lick from archive part 1 in Emaj. You'll need this new jam track first:

Lyle: Here's the tab file...

Lyle: Here's a sample clip for you to listen to:

Lyle: So what we've done here so far, is we took licks from archive lesson 1, which were simple, and applied a complex picking pattern to them. Now we'll move on to a new pattern. First become familiar with these 3 chords:




Lyle: Now here's your new picking pattern and a video clip so you can see it in action:

Lyle: With this new picking pattern, you keep your index, middle, and ring fingers on the same strings as before, but your thumb will move between the 6th, 5th and 4th strings, depending on where the bass note of the chord is. Look carefully at the tab.

Lyle: Here's a new jam track for the G chord:

Lyle: Ok, now you have the new picking pattern, the chords and new jam track...let's start building upon it. As you'll notice in lick 3, you'll be playing the new pattern with all 3 chords in a progression.

Lyle: We are in the Key of G. G is the 1 chord, Cadd9 is the 4 chord, and Dsus2 is the 5 chord, the 1 - 4 - 5 chords in G. The progression goes 1 - 4 - 5 - 4.

Lyle: The minor chords in the key of G are: Amin, Bmin, and Emin, the 2, 3, and 6 of G.

Lyle: Lick 4 uses and alternate bass note for the second measure. You'll use the 5th string, 2nd fret for your alternate bass note for the G chord.

Lyle: For the Cadd9 chord, your alternate bass note is the 4th string, 2nd fret:

Lyle: The Dsus2 chord needs to use the open 5th string for its alternate bass note:

Lyle: Here's a tab file for the jam track using this method of alternating bass notes for each chord:

Lyle: That’s all for this lesson. If you would like further study on this topic or any other topic, email me at for info on how you can get your own customized guitar lessons like this using Riff Interactive technology. Your private lessons can be downloaded to your pc for anytime, anywhere study. Thanks and see you at the next lesson. - Lyle

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