We’ve talked about some basic concepts for good fingerstyle technique. Now I wanted to share some fingerstyle patterns you can use to apply those concepts.
These patterns are relatively simple, but use all fingers equally. If you’re not used to using the ring finger, they might prove a little more challenging. But it’s better if you start using it from the beginning.
The first two are just playing the notes in order. Pay attention to the right-hand fingering (remember, p= thumb, i=index, m=middle and a=ring).
Now we combine the two for a longer sequence.
And finally, we give the thumb a little more to do and start playing notes simultaneously. The second variation adds a little syncopation to make things interesting.
I wrote these all out with an E minor chord, but the idea is that you apply it to different chords. Play, experiment, have fun. And as always, practice them slooooowlyyyyy.
To finish up, here’s the last pattern applied to a chord progression: