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Finger Picking 101 - Have More Fun With Your Guitar

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Lessons in This Class

22 Lessons (1h 50m)
    • 1. Skillshare Finger Picking Intro

    • 2. Finger Picking Skills and Tips

    • 3. Finger Picking Exercise 1 & 2 - Building Finger Comfort

    • 4. Exercise 1 Practice Track

    • 5. Exercise 2 Practice Track

    • 6. Finger Picking Exercise 3 - Full 4 String Arpeggio

    • 7. Exercise 3 Practice Track

    • 8. Finger Picking Exercise 4 - Playing The Bass Note

    • 9. Exercise 4 Practice Track

    • 10. Finger Picking Exercise 5 - Bottom 3

    • 11. Exercise 5 Practice Track

    • 12. Finger Picking Exercise 6 - Movable Bass Line

    • 13. Exercise 6 Practice Track

    • 14. Finger Picking Exercise 7 - Skipping Strings

    • 15. Exercise 7 Practice Track

    • 16. Finger Picking Exercise 8 - Working Fingers 1 & 2

    • 17. Exercise 8 Practice Track

    • 18. Finger Picking Exercise 9 - Working Fingers 2 & 3

    • 19. Exercise 9 Practice Track

    • 20. CLASS PROJECT: Finger Picking Exercise 10 - Putting It All Together

    • 21. CLASS PPORJECT: Exercise 10 Practice Track

    • 22. Skillshare Finger Picking Outro

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About This Class

Learn the basics of finger picking in this course with 10 different exercises and play along videos designed to help you go from zero experience with finger picking to feeling comfortable finger picking doing a vartierty of patterns.

By the end of the this course, you will be able to apply fingerpicking to very simple chord progression for you to use in songs.

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Lauren Bateman

Helping students have fun with guitar.


As a childhood cancer survivor, Lauren Bateman knows the importance of living in the moment. That is why at the age of 27, Lauren quit her 'cushy' job as a research scientist to pursue a career in music.

Boy has that decision changed her life forever.

While Lauren now has a highly successful Guitar Teaching YouTube Channel, she Lauren started out much like you. She wanted to learn to play guitar, but, because she wasted her piano lessons as a kid, her parents weren’t going to shell out money to get her guitar lessons. In fact, when Lauren was 16, her very own mother told her sister not to buy Lauren a guitar because she would waste it.

I’m sure you’re glad that that did not happen!

Instead, Lauren decided she was going to teach herself how t... See full profile

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1. Skillshare Finger Picking Intro: Hey, guitar, enthusiasm, Welcome to my skill share course on finger picking. This is a beginner level course, but it's not for absolute beginners. You'll definitely need to know a D chord, C chord, an E minor chord in a G chord. You'll also need to know how to hold in tune your guitar already. So if you don't know how to do those things, maybe go check out some of my beginner guitar lessons and then come back here. But this is a beginner level course. We're not going to be doing anything too tricky or to advance in this course, but you do have to have some of those basic background. I'll be going over is just a bunch of various picking exercises that you guys can use to work on the dexterity in your finger picking hand. Okay, we're going to be using those four chords because we're gonna be working through a chord progression this way you can apply this skill to actual songs that you know when that you love and that you want to play along with. So this course has ten lessons, along with ten play along practice tracks that you can go back and keep playing along with their at various different speeds, 608100. This way you can work on developing your speed and your skills over time. And the class project for this course is at the very end, is the last exercise where what we're gonna do is we're going to put everything that we've learned in this course together into one exercise that's a core progression. So we're basically just going to play a little, little mini made-up song that's all finger picking. So I hope you guys enjoy this course. The first video, we're going to go over some tips for finger picking. So get started with that and hope to see guys in the next lesson video. 2. Finger Picking Skills and Tips: What I wanna do in this video is just give you some quick background information about finger picking before we get into the exercises. First thing I want to talk about is your actual hand position, alright, so if you're a righty, it will be your right hand. If you're a lefty, it will be your left-hand. While our hand is going to go somewhere around the sound hole, usually towards the back of the sound tool. Now if you're on an electric guitar, you'd probably end up closer to wear this like back bridge pickup is. But I have a sound toll on an acoustic guitar. So that's what I'm going to reference here. Now. We never want to lock anything on the guitar. So I never want to like stick anything to the guitar because that will create tension. And we want to try not to do that. I unfortunately have the very, very bad habit of locking my pinky onto the body of my guitar. Now, some of you may know my background. I was mostly self-taught for a very long time, so I didn't get lessons until after ten years of playing. So this bad habit keeps creeping in on me. So if you see me doing it during the exercises, don't yell at me. I know it's a bad habit. I try not to do it. What you wanna do with your hand, instead of locking the pinky or locking the palm onto the body of the guitar. You want your hand to hang loosely. So if I have a C chord here, see how my fingers are just dangling freely. Some people, this one, I don't mind so much. Some people like to have the third finger hang out on the bottom string, the string, which is fine because it's there if you want to pick the pink, if it's hanging out down here, even though you don't use the Pinkie a lot. If you do need to use the pinky. If it's stuck onto the body of the guitar, it's going to be harder to use it. So try and keep your hand flowing freely. And you'll notice that my fingers are not pulling away from the guitar. My thumb is playing down like just like a pick. We're going through the string. I'm not plugging away from the string. The thumb will pluck down. And my other three fingers are going to come up the string. So we're kinda doing this motion, alright? And kind of bending my knuckles on my fingers. Alright. So you can see that they are, I'm just going, kind of going like this, deep, deep, deep. And there's not a lot of movement, there's a little bit and don't be afraid to dig in. I find when people start finger picking, the really scared to play the strings that they'll break bump. So don't be afraid to dig in. Make that guitar sing the more, the more you dig in, the better. Because like I said, you'll get more sound out of your guitar. While we're talking about the fingers, I want to make you aware of some notation. Mainly called PMMA P, I am a. So you're gonna see these letters on the tablature. And I wanted to throw this in here even though I don't use a lot when I'm, when I'm teaching students, I make them aware of it because there are books that use PMMA. And what it basically is as p is your thumb, i is your index finger, m is your middle finger, and a is your ring finger, i, P, i, j, because those are the fingers that you use most when your finger picking your thumb, your first finger, your second finger, and your third finger, the pinky will come in every once and awhile, especially begin to really intricate finger style. But even for this course, we're mostly just going to be using these four fingers. So I will kinda go between because I usually just say Pfam 1-2-3. I think that's easier for people to know that your thumb is your thumb, your first fingers, your first finger, your second finger is two, and your third finger is the number three. But I will try and reference both throughout the course. And like I said, it's on the PDFs when you go and look at that. Now, a great thing about finger picking is if you are playing the cord, all the tab is going to tell you is what string display. So you don't have to worry so much about reading the numbers. I do have cords above. She'll know what chords where we're going to play in this course. If you go look tabs up online that might not have the chords, but you might start recognizing the chord shapes, especially from our earlier work in the beginner course, we redid chord arpeggios. It's the same thing as long as you're playing the chord. And if we're playing a G chord and I say play thumb 123123, you will be playing the correct, the correct string, the correct fretting point, ok. Now the thumb controls the bass notes. So the thumb is usually going to own these top three strings. And it will alternate between those three strings most of the time because sometimes it will change depending on what we're doing. The first finger owns the third string. The second finger owns the second string, and the third finger owns the E string. And sometimes depending on what you're playing, sometimes the pinky might get involved on that E-string as well. I don't think there's any examples in this course that use the pinky. But if we do, I'll let you know. So what we're going to do next is get into some exercises and like all my other courses, or going to start simple and we're going to build from there the thing about finger picking is learning as many patterns as you can. Getting these fingers to move in different ways. I find it funny. I will teach students oftentimes in person. And we will learn a sign that has one picking pattern. And then we'll go to a song that has another picking pattern. And the student, for whatever reason, cannot switch between the two, their brain gets stuck on the first one. And that's the great thing about learning a lot of different ways to move the fingers. Because we want your fingers to get comfortable with this. Because in the beginning it's going to feel a little awkward, especially if you've never done finger picking before. But what we're going to do is we're just going to get your fingers to be more nimble. And eventually we want to develop that muscle memory so that you, when you learn a new powder, it will just come so much quicker. So I always encourage students who wanna do finger picking learn as many finger picking patterns as possible. Neil Young has some great ones. Sheryl Crow, there's lots of great singer-songwriters out there. The more patterns you learn, the better and the quicker your fingers will adapt to finger picking. So let's get started with our first exercise. 3. Finger Picking Exercise 1 & 2 - Building Finger Comfort: Alright, so in this first video, I'm actually going to combine the first two exercises because one is working down the strings and the other is working up the strings. So we'll just do them together right now. So we're just gonna do a G chord. Regular G chord. If you want to use the stick like glue with a 34, whatever you want you can my tab just isn't going to match your fingering, so I'm just using a regular G chord here. All we're doing, all these exercises are doing is starting to develop that your hands can start doing what you want them to. So don't be afraid of this feels awkward at first. That's why we're doing this exercise first. So we have a G corn. And all I want you to do on this exercise, we're going to be playing p, I am a thumb, 123. On this first one, your sum is going to be on the fourth string, okay? Fourth string. First finger on the third string, second finger on the second string, third finger on the bottom, third string. Okay, and in the bottom corner here on these exercises, I'll put a little bit of a closeup here. But don't worry, I will go in for a really, really good close up at the end of each example this way you can see it both ways. So don't worry if you can't see it that great right now, give me some time and we'll go in for a really good close up. So we're gonna start by playing thumb 123. So we're just working our way down the strings. Thumb 123123 key, I am a mess. The first exercise, 1234 quarter notes. Alright, that's all the first exercises and it, my fingers might feel a little bit weird, but remember to breathe and remember to relax. That's all these first two exercises are doing as getting your fingers comfortable moving. But that's essentially the first exercise, our guys. And here I am on the close up here you can see my fingers. All right. Thumb is on string for first fingers on string 3. Second fingers on string to third finger is on string one. And here is exercised one, it is 12. One more time, thumb, one, q, three. So let's take a look at the second exercise now. The second exercise is the exact same thing in the opposite direction loud. So it's going to be a m, i p, right? So it's going to be fingers, 321321321321. All right. So that's bought 1321. I. I. And here's the close-up for exercise two, we're doing the opposite direction now. Alright, so it's going to be their third finger. Second finger. First finger. Alright, so it'll be 321321321321. Numb. What I would recommend doing before you jump on to the next exercise is just sitting with these first two for a couple minutes. You don't have to spend a lot of time on this, uh, right? Spend a few minutes, and you can probably jump right into the next exercise. Because what we're going to do in the next exercise is combine both of these together. So if you're ready for that, jump ahead. But like I said, take a few minutes to do each of these individually and then move on to the next lesson. 4. Exercise 1 Practice Track: Okay. Okay. 6. Finger Picking Exercise 3 - Full 4 String Arpeggio: Fantastic. So hopefully you did those first two exercises and got a little bit comfortable with it before jumping on to this exercise because we're going to combine those now. So now we're going to be doing more than just a G chord. We're going to be doing the G, E minor, C, and D chords. Like I said, I want to put this over chords and a chord progression so that you guys can apply it to songs, but you can apply this to any chord. So for example, G is a sixth string chord. So whatever I'm doing on a G chord, you could apply over any six string coordinate, E minor chord, an E major chord, okay? And F bar chord or any of the six string bar chords. When you're playing a C chord, you can apply that to any five string chord, an a minor, ok, and a major, a see a C7, a B minor, and many of those five string chords. And then d will apply to any four string D chord, F major seven. Okay? Any of those four string chords. But for consistency sake, in this course, I'm just going to keep using the G, E minor, C, and D chords just to keep it simple. All right, so let's start off with our G chord. Again. In this exercise, we are only going to be using the fourth, third, second, first string. So the setup is exactly the same as we did on the last two exercises. Okay, the thumb is going to use the fourth string and then the other fingers will be first finger will be on the third string. Second finger on the second string, third finger on the third string. And unless I say otherwise, you should always assume for this force going forward, that that's how those bottom three strings will be set up. Ok? I'll tell you what the thumb is doing because the thumb is the one that has the most movement. So the thumb is going to be saying on the fourth string or D-string. And what we're gonna do for a G chord, as we're going apply. Num 12321. Alright, so this is a 68 time pattern. So the count would be 123456123456. So we're going to go from one to three to one, and that would be P i 1232112321. Alright, so that is how we're going to play the G chord. The next chord would be E minor. So we're going to stay the same thumb position, fourth string, 123211221. And that's how we're going to play the E minor, the C chord. Now, mom, 1231 here, how it changes is the same, but the sound changes because the court has changed to 32112321. And the final chord is going to be R D chord DOM 1232112321. All right, so I'm gonna do is just go in for a really quick close up here so that you guys can see what my fingers are doing. And that after that, I'll come back out and I'll play through this entire exercise top-to-bottom for you. So I'm starting on the G chord here. We have again the same setup with these four fingers, thumb 123, okay? And it's going to be 12321. That's our G chord. Now I'm going to switch to my next core, which is E Meyer. But my fingers aren't going to change at all. The fingers are still doing the same thing. 12321, same for the C chord and the same for the D chord. 12212, a 21. Alright, so what I'm gonna do is play this top to bottom for you guys at just a relatively slow speed, just so you can hear what it's going to sound like. So starting with the G chord, ready 123, or this isn't 681234561232112321. Again. Then I have E minor thumb, 12321123121. More time. And we're going to say chord, saying two more times. Then d. And you can end on a G chord. 8. Finger Picking Exercise 4 - Playing The Bass Note: All right, over you guys, dot some flexibility in your hand with those first three exercises. The exercise we're going to do here is probably the most common way you will hear picking done in song. So what we're going to be doing is the first three fingers, 123, they are going to be set up the same. What's gonna be happening in this exercises our thumb as actually going to be changing depending on what chord we are playing. So this is a very, very common picking pattern. If you hear a song in 68 time with an arpeggio like this, it's most likely going to be this picking cotter. So let's talk about it right now, starting again with our G. So g quarters a six string chord, alright, and this will work again on any six string CT, E minor, E Major, F bar chord, any six string CT, we're going to hit the lowest base note of the chord. So g is a six string chord. The lowest note is the top string, which in this case is actually a geno. So we're going to be playing the thumb on the sixth string, but the other fingers are going to still be on strings 32 in one. So that's not changing at all. What we're doing is we're just changing the position of the thumb. So this pattern, it's going to be the sixth string, okay, fall by the third string, second string, first string, second string, third string, okay? It's still gonna be thumb one to three to one or b. I. But the thumb is going to change depending on our CT. So g, six string chord used that sixth string, that's hike you remember? Alright, so it's going to be one to three to one. The next chord is going to be an E minor. Well, guess what? E minor is a six string chords. You're going to do the same exact thing. Okay, so it's going to be, the thumb will be playing the six reagan, six string chord. Six string from one to three to one, from one to three to one. The next core we're gonna do as a C Major chord, now see as a five string chord. So you're gonna do the thumb on the fifth string, 5123215123 to Marlon. And then D will be no different than what we've been doing because D is a fourth string chord bomb, one to three to one with the thumb on the fourth string. So let me just play through that progressions, G minor, C and D one time. And then I'll go in. And actually why don't I going for the close up real quick so I can show you each chord and then I'll come back out in play through it. 40 guys, okay, here we are for the close up. Here's my fingers, here's my guitar. G chord. The thumb is going to play the sixth string and the E minor chord. The C, we're going to play the fifth string with the thumb. And then the d, the thumb will move to the fourth string. Okay, so it's going to sound like this. G will be string six, okay, from one to three to one. And then the C chord, the thumb's gonna move to the fifth string, 1232. Okay? And then d, the thumb's gonna move to the fourth string. Okay, so one more time. G is the sixth string. A minor is also the sixth string that we have a C chord and d. So you probably hear from that close up, but there's already, already sounding like really musical. This is a great way to, to take a song that's maybe like a rock song or maybe a sign that's very aggressive. And falcon up a bit and make it into more of like a foci, valid, cool way to change and do a cover song. So let me take this. I just gotta play through the G twice the E-Minor trice, the C and the D will go through. And this is what it's going to sound like. So we got 1234561234561 by six, e minor 23456. And we got C and D. And again, you can just end not a Nice. And there you have it. There's so many great songs that do this Assange arid recommend going out and checking is maybe holly Lu, Yeah, that's a great song that you can do these picking patterns on. So give us some practice. Hopefully your fingers are nimble enough in this wasn't too much of a challenge for you guys. But in the next video, we're gonna do something slightly different. 9. Exercise 4 Practice Track: Okay. Thank you. 10. Finger Picking Exercise 5 - Bottom 3 : Welcome back everybody. In this video, we're mainly going to be working with the first, second, third fingers here, alright? And we're going to be back in 44 time, but we're gonna be doing an eighth note pattern. And this is something you'll commonly hear. Particularly if you have two guitar players going, you might have one guitar doing one picking pattern and another guitar doing this picking pattern. But this is something you might commonly here in a song. So wanted to throw it in there for you guys. So the pattern we're going to be using is 32132132. Alright, so it's gonna be a Am, I, am, I am. Alright if you're looking at the PDF. So what is that going to sound like if I play a G chord, it's just gonna be the bottom three strings. So nothing with the thumb, we don't have to worry about anything moving. So as long as you're playing the right finger number, it's going to sound good. Here we go. So it's gonna be 3213232. And then we'll repeat that again. 321313. So up to speed it would sound something like this. Kinda cool sound. And how now you got to an E minor chord? Same thing, nothings. The only thing that's going to change is the chord. The fingers are going to be doing the same exact pattern. C. And then d. Super, super cool sound and I love it, I think it sounds great. Now, you might have noticed what I was doing. My thumb on this. And again, I'm not a university trained musicians, so I don't know. This is like the classical way of doing things. I'm resting my thumb on the bass strings. It's because I'm only using my bottom string, so it's giving me a little leverage so that I can, I can pluck with a little bit of power. So I just have my thumb kinda hang out on the top string here because I know I'm not going to be using the bass notes here. But if down the road you wanted to mix this in with something and you needed to grab a bass note, your thumb is ready to go so such that my thumb hanging out here. Alright, so let me go for close up just so that you can see that my fingers are doing. And then I'll come back out and play through this quickly for you. All right. Here's our close up just so you can see, again, we're only using the bottom string, the second string and the third string. So here it is. It's 32132132. And you can see there's my thumb, it's just kinda hey, I'm not like, I'm not pressing down on the string. Alright? Uh, not just, its just resting there. It's relaxing. Okay? And the rest of my hand is loose. You want your hand to be loose? 3-2-1, 32132. K, E minor, same thing. C same thing, 32132132. D, Same thing, 32132132. Or let me pull way through these four chords for you very quickly. So we've got a more back and forth for so it'd be 12341234, N1, N2, N3, and N4, N2, N3. For men 12 and N1, N2, N3, N1 and for N1, N2, N3 and N4, N1, N2, N3, and board. And then end on a lovely G chord. Very, very fun sounding powder. And I really like this one. Like I said, it's, it's probably better used by a second guitarist over another guitar because you don't have the bass notes coming in. But there's lots of songs will you'll hear like this very, very bright picking pattern. They're probably doing something like this. As a quick side note. Now that I was thinking about this for a split second here, there is a song, if you go check out cold place clocks. It's actually based off of piano, but you could use this pattern to finger pick the intro of that songs if you are looking for a song to apply this, to go check out cold place clocks on my website, Learn 11. Exercise 5 Practice Track: Okay. Oh. 12. Finger Picking Exercise 6 - Movable Bass Line: Hey everybody, welcome back. In this lesson, we're not going to be doing, I think crazy, but before we are moving the thumb because we were moving the chords will now we're going to be moving the thumb even within the same chords. So it should be fun. All we're going to be doing is sticking with a quarter note pattern here, 1234, all right, and we're just going to be working our way down the cord. And once again, the first, second, third fingers, they are not doing anything different. They're just hanging out on those bottom three strings for what we're going to do when we start with our G chord. We're going to start on the sixth string and we're gonna go thumb one to three. The next time, throw the thumb's gonna move down to the fifth string and we're gonna go this string, bum, 123. Okay, the next time through the thumb's gonna move down to the fourth string, 123. And then on the fourth measure, the thumb is going to come back up to that fifth string. So altogether it's the sixth string, fifth string, the fourth string, and back to the fifth string out. So what are we gonna do while the E Myers played exactly the same as the G chord. We have the sixth string, first, fifth string, fourth string, this string. The C chord. We're going to play a little bit differently. We're going to start on the fifth string. We're going to do the fourth string. Since the sea is a five string chord, we can't really, we can't do a third bass notes, so we're just gonna come right back up to the fifth, and then back down to the fourth stress on the C chord. The thumb is the alternating between 54 my more by more than 5454. And then the D chord is a six, is sorry, a_4 string chord. So we've really, the only option we have to do is for 123. Ok. So let me go in for closeup so I can show you each of those chords and then we'll come back out. So here is our G chord. Okay, so we have some on the sixth string and the fifth string. Then the fourth string, then the fifth string. Same on E minor sixth string, 545. Now c is just going to alternate between 545454. And then the D is just 4321. So if I put that all together for you real quick here we've got ma 545, then we've got E minor 6545. And then we're going to go to say 5454, and then d, and then end on a G chord. Okay? 13. Exercise 6 Practice Track: Okay. A 14. Finger Picking Exercise 7 - Skipping Strings: Hey everybody, welcome back. In this pattern, we are going to be kind of building off of what we did in the last lesson. So we're going to be alternating the thumb on different bass notes. But what we're going to be doing now that we haven't done before is are actually going to be skipping strings on the treble notes. So in this exercise, we're not going to be using the second finger, your middle finger. We're not gonna be using that at all. Alright? And we're still have a 44 pattern with eighth notes. And the pattern's going to be PIA. So there's no M, the middle finger. Okay. So we're still going to be doing exactly the same thing that we did on the bass notes for the last song for each chord. So the sixth string will be starting for the G, and it's going to be mom, 131 down to the fifth string, thumb, 131, fourth string. This string. And we're going to do the same exact thing for the E minor chord, starting with a thumb on the sixth string, thumb 131. Now the thumb moves down to the fifth string, bum 13, one thumb moves down to the fourth string, thumb 131. Now see chords, same thing. We're just going to be alternating between the fifth fourth strings, okay? 51314131314131, right? And obviously the five and the four when he said the numbers were the thumb. Okay. And then the decor, we're just going to be doing thumb 131, hanging out on that fourth string. For the thumb. The great thing about the D chord is there's really not a lot of movement we can do on that, but later in the course, but we'll be able to do on the D chord has some cool like Cameron's and pull offs little embellishments that we'll throw in later in the course. So let me go in for a close up to show you each of these courts individually. And then I'll come back up. Alright, here we are. G chord, thumb five. So 36545, okay, and fingers 13131. Okay? So that's our G chord ii. Mine is going to be the same thing. Six string, this string 1314, fourth string 131, and then back to the fifth string. Okay, then we have our C chord alternating just between 5451314131131 and d is just going to be thumb 131 on the fourth string. All right, so let's play through the whole things and write corns go to a G chord or he already from 131, 31. Being liner. Nice sounding has see effect of phi, sorry, had a brain fart and D. There you go. Very, very nice, lovely sounding pattern. I've used this one on ensembles before. It's, it's, it's really nice to sound. Alright, well, I hope you guys enjoyed that one. And I'll see you in the next video. 15. Exercise 7 Practice Track: Okay. Okay. Okay. 16. Finger Picking Exercise 8 - Working Fingers 1 & 2: So once again, just building upon what we're doing but trying to use different fingers, like I said, will you use all these picking patterns? I don't know. It's great to have options that all sung just a little bit different and unique, which is really cool. So once again, we're going to keep working on alternating this thumb. So the thumb is going to be doing the same thing it was doing in the last couple exercises. In this exercise, we're not going to be using our third finger. We're just going to be using our first finger and our second finger. Okay, so it'll sound like this. So we've got a G chord. So it's gonna be thumb 121 p i. Okay, that's all it's going to sound like. But we're going to be changing the base note with the chord. So it's gonna be a six string. Fifth string, fourth, fifth, E minor, sixth, fifth, fourth, fifth. Now It's starting on the fifth string, the fourth string, fifth string, for string and D stays the same thumb, one to one, from one to one, bum, one-to-one, Baum, one-to-one. So say these aren't that hard. They're all developing. So this one's focusing on the first two fingers, while the last exercise focused on fingers 13. So we're just getting each of these fingers there. Own individualized workout. Let me go in for a close up real quick and then I'll come back out. Alright, here we are for this close-up. And again, G chord, we're going to be alternating 6545 with the thumb. And we're just going to be using the first, second fingers here. Okay? So thumb form to one. The miner. And see alternating between the fifth string and the fourth string. Indeed, nothing different. Alright, so I'm going to play through this from beginning to end. I'm gonna play it a little bit at a faster tempo just so that you guys can hear what it sounds like. So we've got 121234. And then on that lovely G chord, so say you can practice these things slow first and then you can always pick up speed. Because depending on the pattern and the tempo of the song, sometimes these patterns is picking patterns come out slow, sometimes they come up fast. I mean, landslide is a slower song. But when you're trying to fit all these Pickering's into that slower tempo and actually starts sounding quite fast. So practice slow, buildup the speed over time. 17. Exercise 8 Practice Track: Okay. Okay. 18. Finger Picking Exercise 9 - Working Fingers 2 & 3: All right, so in this exercise, we're going to be doing pretty much the same thing except now we're going to be working out the second, third fingers. Ok. and on this exercise are actually gonna be able to alternate the base a little bit on the decor. And so I'll show you what we're gonna do when we get there just because of the way this pattern works. But the G is going to start with the same. That's gonna be the sixth string, fifth string, fourth string, fifth string, alternating baseline. So it's going to be thumb 232, and then the fifth string, 232423223. Same thing for E minor, 232232232, right? C-corps, we're gonna do the fifth string. The fourth string, the third staring. Now this is interesting because I'm actually, I'm not playing that third string with my first finger. I'm playing it with the thumb. So we're actually getting a little bit more movement here on the C chord. So it's 523242323. And then second, third, second for fingers. So very cool. We're going forth string, third string or so it gets an alternate on these c and d chords just a little bit more just because of the way this pattern works. So let me go in for a close up and then I'll pan back out. Alright, here we are for the closeup. So G, same thing, 6545, and same for E minor. And we're just doing 232232. K E minor, same thing, thumb to three to. Now this is where things change a little bit. So C chord, we're going 54345232423232324232. I think I went 543. Yeah. So 523242323232. Okay. With the fingers. And then the D CORBA alternating between the fourth and the third. So thumb one, thumb 232332, thumb 2-3, two thumb T3, T2. So you actually get to alternate this time on the deep core. Alright, so I'm gonna play this from the top for you guys through one progression. Show you how it sounds. So it's like this. It's got 1234. E minor. Yams, a C chord, fifth string, for string, third string, fourth string. And the d is four to three to four to three. And then we'll end on the there you go. So cool little finger exercise for you guys to work on that second and third fingers. In the next exercise, we're going to work on throwing some of these patterns together. So we're going to kind of culminated into one exercise. So let's check that out in the next video. 20. CLASS PROJECT: Finger Picking Exercise 10 - Putting It All Together: Alright, so we've so far done a lot of different variations and picking patterns. Now, in some songs you might just use the same picking pattern throughout, but sometimes you'll hear different variations and you'll want to be able to vary your picking pattern on the spot if you're so inclined to feel or have the need to do self. So what we're going to do in this exercise, we're going to take some of the patterns we've just use and we're going to alternate or going to change things. I'm not going to crazy, I'm skipping a few embellishments. So for example, on this G chord and the C chord, we're not doing anything super, super crazy. A little something different going on in the c chord here. But the E minor chord and the V chord, I'm going to try and throw some variations on for you guys. So there's G chord is where mainly focusing on the P I am pattern. Alright, and we're gonna do PIN I, so I forget which exercise that was. It was a couple of exercises ago. But we're gonna do variations off of that. And in this exercise, for the most part, I'm not really alternating the, the baseline. Sometimes I am sometimes a not. So there's a little bit of both going on here. So let's talk about the G chord first. So we this first mesh, LET Hello can't talk LAR. And so the focus measure here is going to be TIM I, with just playing the sixth string as your base note. So it's going to be six string and then one to one. So we're going to do that twice. Thumb, one-to-one bum, 12 arms and nothing changes. We're going to do that a third time. 121. And then the next part, we are going to go to the fifth string for the gene. Alright, so those two measures sound like this. Sixth string, 66 string, fifth string. So it's just a little change because sometimes she keep hearing this too much. Sometimes your ear gets bored. So if you change it up just a little bit, your ear will hear that note, that, that different Note that comes in and sometimes it just makes it a little exciting. So E minor chord. Now, here we go. Same thing as the G chord. Just hanging out on that sixth string for the bass note going bom one-to-one, them one to one, bomb one to one. And the same thing here, we're going to change to the fifth string for the bass note. Oops. But after that, what we're doing is we're playing 232. We've now changed the pattern. So that second measure of the E minor chord is going to be the thumb, one to one. Okay? Then we're going to change to the fifth string for the thumb and it's going to be thumb to three. So it'll sound like this. It's a slightly difference if I played those two measures together, we've got E minor, bomb, one-to-one bum, 121232, k one more time. Thumb, 1211211211. All right. You hear that or sorry, thumb to 32. I said the wrong number. Alright, great. Now we have a C chord. And again, keeping it simple, we are going to alternate the baseline. So we've got 12112 ones, that was five, followed by four on the bass notes back to the fifth string for the base note, the one to one to the fourth string. But here we're going to end this a little bit different. We're just gonna go all the way down, all the way down the chord. So it's going to be thumb 123. Ok, so the first part is kind of familiar to you. Alternate, Okay, that's the first measure. The second measure is going to be some one-to-one thumb, 1-2-3. So sad like this altogether. Alright, so now we've changed the ending just a little bit to get the listener's attention. Decor the second level we're going to do here, okay, so D chord, same thing, thumb, one-to-one. Alright, that's the first measure. Then we have thumb 1321, we skip there. So thumb 121132, different. And then we start the same. The second measure, thumb one-to-one, and then 123, just like we ended that C chord. So if I do the D chord again, it's going to be thumb 121132121123. Okay. So let me go in for close up on these because I know there's some changes going on here. We'll talk about that so you can see it in close up and they'll come back up. Alright, everyone here we are going to do the close-up now for exercise number ten. So we're starting on the G chord as usual. And we're starting the first three times through, we're going thumb 12112121. Okay, so that's gonna be the sixth string. The fourth time through, the thumb's gonna come down to the fifth string and do thumb one-to-one. Okay, so first three times is the sixth string, thumb 121121, bomb one to 1 fifth string. Okay, and then we're gonna do the same thing on the E string. We're going to start the same. So it's going to be thumb 121121, bomb one to one. We're going to move down to the fifth string for that bass note and is going to be thumb to 32. Ok, so if I do the whole thing again, some 121121121232, okay? Alright, sorry, next chord is the C chord, Okay, so we've got. Alternating thumb, going 54. So it's going to be thumb, one-to-one, fourth string 121, bomb one to all men. Thumb 123, okay? So, so 12112121123. And then we have our D chord here. So the D chord is going to be bomb 121132, okay, so thumb 12132. And then we've got 121123. It's not one that's got a lot of different things going on. So again, 121132121123. So I'm just gonna go through that core progression now from the beginning, nice and slow. So you can see the whole thing. G chord first, bum, 12112112112, E minor, C. Alright, so let me play through this top to bottom for you guys. So here we go. G chord, 123412112112121 in minor, 23212123. Then we have D. So there it is for you guys and I apologize, I may not have alternated the base on the C chord there, so I apologize. Let me play it through one more time just to make sure you guys have the right thing. So here we go, 1234. And they have at the second time through a little bit faster since I messed up the first one possibly, I can't remember. But now you're going to you're kind of at a slow speed, at a faster speed. So there you've got that kind of mixes everything together for you guys. So take a little extra time is spend some time on this. Because in the next exercises that we're going to jump into block picking, think of songs like yesterday by the Beatles. So that is a great way to jump into a next chapter of finger picking. But spend a little time with this because these variations might throw your brain awful little bit. You saw even I got a couple little hiccups. But these finger exercises, when you start mixing them up, when you're not used to, doing that in the beginning can really throw your brain for a loop. So spent a little bit extra time on this one and then jump into the next lesson. 21. CLASS PPORJECT: Exercise 10 Practice Track: Okay. Okay. Okay. 22. Skillshare Finger Picking Outro: So there you have it that is this finger picking core. Some you guys might want to know what's the next step. You can either go check out some of my other lessons on skill sure. Or you can always go to my website, Lauren, backslash courses. And you can see what courses I have available through my website. I do have a more kind of intermediate level finger picking where we'll go through kind of some block picking biggest songs like yesterday, will go through Travis picking. They go like dust in the wind, landslide. How to throw in a hammer ons and little embellishments into your picking. So if you're looking to go a little bit to the next level with your finger picking. Definitely go check out that later. Finger picking course, I've put a discount code in your PDF workbook. So go check that out. Thanks so much for watching my mini course and I hope to see you guys in another lesson video.