Dansm's Fingerpicking Lessons
Your First Picking Pattern
After you have learned to associate your fingers with particular strings,
you can begin to develop a coherent pattern of picking. The first pattern you
will learn is an arpeggiated C chord. This pattern can then be varied to fit
any musical requirement.

  1. Play the four strings listed on the previous page, in order, from low to high: 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, as shown in Figure 1 below. Always use the correct finger for each string.

  1. Once you have learned this first picking pattern, you can begin changing your pattern.

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