Fingerpicking 7

Animated Fingerpicking 7 tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This exercise is from the Core Skills section on Fingerpicking.

We'll now apply a thumb bass line with a fingerpicking pattern. This technique can make scales much more musical and fun to play. It is a great exercise to do.

Here we play a T123 pattern, over an E minor chord / scale. Watch the ActionTab and you will notice that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers consistently play the top 3 open strings. However, the bass note (always played by the thumb) descends through a series of notes - ending on the Low E.

Musically what is happening here? The top 3 open strings being played consistently by your fingers are actually an E minor chord triad (E, G, B = E minor). Whereas your thumb descends through an E natural minor scale:

E - D - C - B - A - G - F# - E

Each T12321 pattern is played twice per bass note.

When practicing, try and get it so that each note lasts for the same duration. i.e. Keep your fingerpicking consistent and regular. This will give structure to the music and help you develop a feel for when to change bass notes!

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