Hey there fellow guitarists! In this blog I would like to expand a bit upon my last blog which discussed some basic fingerpicking pattern. We are going to take those basic patterns and expand upon them but not with more right hand patterns. In this blog we will change the left hand.
In this exercise we will keep the right hand pattern and approach the same; the index, i finger, will be on the third string, the middle, m finger, will be on the second string, the ring, a finger, will be on the first string and the thumb, p finger, will bounce from the sixth, fifth, fourth and finally back to the fifth string. The only challenge is that the E major chord we were playing in the left hand will now move up one fret at a time once the pattern is completed. For example, play the pima pattern until completed, then move the E major chord up one fret then play the pattern again until completed, then move the chord up another fret and play that pattern once again. Do this with all six patterns; pima, pmia, pami, piam, pmai and paim. The challenge here is to disconnect your ear from what your right hand is playing. Since you will have open strings ringing everywhere, some of the harmonies will sound dissonant and some of the notes will double themselves when playing these patterns. This will require extra focus on your part. Examples 1, 2 and 3 below are the music and tabs for the pima, pmia and the pami patterns but I suggest you add the other patterns I mentioned also. You get the idea. And as always practice with a metronome starting at a slow tempo, maybe about 80 bpm. Never sacrifice speed for accuracy.
In case you are inspired and want to continue with some fingerpicking studies, I highly recommend The Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method Books One and Two and Pumping Nylon by Scott Tennant.
Once again, I thank you for reading. Now pick up that guitar and play, just like yesterday. Get to work. As always, comments are always welcome and appreciated.