Finger Picking Pattern #1

This pattern involves the use of the thumb (p), index finger (i) and middle finger (m). You should play them in the following order:

p i m i — p i m i — p i m i — p i m i

You can just keep repeating the pattern on and on when you are practicing. The thumb will play the root bass note, the middle finger will play the 2nd string and the index finger will play the first string.

Hold the chord of G Major and play the pattern. Note, you can hold any chord you wish for this exercise, I’m just picking G because it’s a pretty popular chord.


| 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
| --------3------- | --------3------- |
| ----0-------0--- | ----0-------0--- |
| ---------------- | ---------------- |
| ---------------- | ---------------- |
| ---------------- | ---------------- |
| 3--------------- | 3--------------- |

Finger Picking With A Turn Around Chord Progression

You can also apply this pattern to a chord progression. Below I have tabbed out a simple ‘Turn Around’ chord progression. The chords for this progression are G Major, E Minor, C Major and D Major. If you listen to the progression it goes down then kind of turns around when it hits the C Chord. Hence the name. Also note the thumb is picking the Root Bass Note of the chord. The root for each chord is G, E, C and D respectively.


| 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
| --------3------- | --------0------- |
| ----0-------0--- | ----0-------0--- |
| ---------------- | ---------------- |
| ---------------- | ---------------- |
| ---------------- | ---------------- |
| 3--------------- | 0--------------- |


| 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
| --------0------- | --------2------- |
| ----1-------1--- | ----3-------3--- |
| ---------------- | ---------------- |
| ---------------- | 0--------------- |
| 3--------------- | ---------------- |
| ---------------- | ---------------- |