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An Easy Picking Pattern For Guitar

If you want to make your rhythm guitar playing really sound interesting, let’s face it: sooner or later you’re going to have to begin using single note lines. Strumming can take you a long ways, if you’re clever, but it can only take you so far.

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Single note lines need not be complicated either – in fact, simply playing through the notes in a G major chord one at a time is a single note line. Rather than strumming all the notes in the chord simultaneously, you’re playing them individually… as an arpeggio.

Well, in this lesson we’re going to take a brief look at one of the most basic picking patterns you can play on guitar, which happens to be a great one to get started with.

The R indicates the root note of the chord, and the larger numbers indicate which string number to play. Remember that the strings are numbered from highest in pitch (1) to lowest in pitch (6). By using this sort of notation, you can apply this picking pattern to any chord you choose.

This lesson is the first and most basic example in the Flat Picking section out of my soon-to-be-released Dynamic Rhythm Guitar course. If you’d like to learn more about that, please click here.

If you have questions or comments, please leave them at the bottom of this page.


Easy Fingerpicking Patterns

Today I’ve got another one of those fairly easy fingerpicking patterns for you and your guitar. I used a very simple and mellow chord progression in this lesson, and there are literally tons of different directions you could go with it.

I tried to give you a couple of different ideas on how you can change up the progression, but I really encourage you to get creative with this one and go nuts on it.

Start with the E Minor Diatonic scale (or G Major – same difference) as that gives you the root notes you can use from the key of G. Basically any of the notes in those scales on the lowest three strings will qualify.

With these fingerpicking patterns, keep your drone notes the same all the time – the open G (3rd string) and the D on the 2nd string. These two notes are the I and V of the key of G, a perfect fifth, and therefore go well with every other note in that scale, which is the reason why its easy to be creative with this one.

In addition to mixing up the root notes, try mixing up your picking pattern once you get the hang of the one I showed you in here. Try alternating different strings, or use the two strings at a time method I showed in the video.

Above all, have fun with it!

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