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Hello, Justin here, how are you doing?

In this lesson we are going to be checking out

some really cool fingerstyle picking patterns

just kind of basic ones you might use

for your normal kind of pop ballad

Hopefully you've done your finger picking exercise

that we talked about in the last stage

just doing thumb-1-2-3

the fingers' positions are going to be the same

so make sure you get your thumb here...

In this case I'm just gonna actually start here

on the sixth string... Thumb on the sixth string,

first finger on the third string,

second finger on second string,

and third finger on the thinnest string

now, the first pattern we are going to check out

just playing a G chord with my left hand

we are starting here with the thumb on the sixth string

first finger on the third string,

second finger on the second string,

and third finger on the thinnest string

and the pattern we are going to be checking out today

goes like this : it's thumb - 1 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2

thumb - 1 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2

. . .

and we are going to do this really slowly together

so get your G chord on with the left hand

and lets have a little bit of a go here

here we go, nice and slow, 3.. 4..

thumb - 1 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2

keep going... 1 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2

and the trick here is just to do it over and over again

so it becomes a little bit automated

just so you think about it,

at some point in the near future

you gonna start changing chords while you're doing this

the big trick is just to keep doing it over and over again

once you got the pattern kind of under your fingers

a good idea is to speed it up a little bit

maybe getting it up to a speed kind of like

. . .

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and

thumb - 1 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2

now, all of those were the G chord

with the thumb playing the bass note there

which is on the sixth string

a really nice little sequence to practice is

G - D - C - D

this is a really good one,

aside from the fact that is actually sounds going nice

it means that your thumb is moving

from the sixth string for the G

over to the fourth string for the D chord

to the fifth string for the C chord

and back to the fourth string for the D chord

so really, your thumb is getting a bit of workout

what you do is to probably just play that pattern

once on each chord something like this...

so G

to D

to C

to D

very nice little sequence this one

you could even say it's a wonderful sequence

. . .

so that's the first little chord sequence

I want you to try and get through

G - D - C - D

use that little pattern: thumb - 1 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2

really, really nice, it's on the website

it can definitely help to say it,

it can definitely help to see it as well

so maybe write down on a piece of paper:

thumb - 1 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2 ...

would be a good thing to have in front of you

you can kind of almost use it as a little trigger

just to see it and do it as your eyes follow along

so maybe check that out

Now I wanna do another little pattern with you

this one is this, I'm gonna do it on a C chord,

and this is thumb - 1 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 3

thumb - 1 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 3

. . .

very nice little sequence again

so you can apply this lots of different ways of course

you might do it on an E minor

so thumb will be on the sixth string

thumb - 1 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 3

then maybe to a C chord

thumb - 1 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 3

to a D chord

. . .

E minor

. . .

C

. . .

of course remembering that with the C

the thumb is now on the fifth string

D. And now the thumb is on the fourth string

. . .

so that's also a really, really nice little sequence

the last one I want to explain to you here

is we kind of looked at it last time,

but this one I want to describe it to you as being in six

now you could think of it as kind of two triplets,

but really what we are going for is 1-2-3-4-5-6

so if we just do it on the D chord,

we are just going up and down so going

thumb - 1 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1

like 1-2-3-4-5-6...

then to G: 1-2-3-4-5-6

D: 1-2-3-4-5-6

G

it's a very nice little sequence this one

and you can work it through lots of different chords

now we've just gone to an E minor

maybe go to an A, now we've got a fifth string root

we can go back to E minor even

we can even go, maybe something radical

we've just gone to C chord

with the thumb moving over to the fifth string

the big key here is making sure that your thumb knows

which the bass note is for each of the chords

so it knows whether to pluck the sixth string,

the fifth string or the fourth string

so have a play around with those three patterns

see if you can apply them to some songs

there's a list of songs that use them on the website

but just use your ears as well,

you might try putting the fingerstyle on a song

that's not normally fingerstyle

why not, remember if it sounds good, it is good

so experiment

and see what cool things you can come up with

you might end up writing your own tune even

wow, cool!

so, have fun with that,

I shall see you for another lesson really soon

take care of yourselves, bye bye

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