Right Hand Picking Pattern No 1

In this lesson, Charlie will cover a couple of simple right hand picking patters.

The diagrams below show the position of the fingers on your left hand to play the basic chords used in this lesson.

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Hi guys, what we're going to do today is have a look at a couple of basic finger patterns. The first one I'm going to do for you is ... pretty much straight forward. I'll get you started changing from (maybe) an Am (A minor) to a C chord. I hope that you know those chords, but I'll show you those anyway.

To achieve the Am chord: first finger on the second string, first fret. Second finger on the fourth string, second fret. Third finger also on the second fret, but on the third string.

To achieve our C chord: first finger on the second string, first fret. Second finger, fourth string, second fret. Third finger fifth string third fret.

Changing from an Am chord to a C chord. Here is our Am chord, what we have to do is move our third finger up onto the fifth string, third fret. Moving it back, notice I'm not moving the first and second fingers, just the third finger which gives me (hopefully) a nice even change when I go from Am, right hand pick, into C, back to Am, back to C.

The fingers on our right hand, we'll start with the thumb first are [called] p, i, m, a. Thumb, first, second, third. What I'm going to do here is put my fingers in my left hand on an Am chord. I'm going to play an A base with my thumb. Then I'm going to play the remaining three strings at the top: my first, second, third finger. Thumb, first, second, third. If I put that together I want to maintain a nice even "1-and-2-and" feel. 1-and-2-and, 1-and-2-and, 1-and-2-and.

If I change to my C chord, what I'm going to do there is move my third finger up onto the fifth string, third fret to give me the C chord, and still maintain that exact same picking pattern. Thumb, first, second, third. Thumb, first, second, third. Now without a break, I'm going to go from one chord to the other... Am... C ... Am ... C ...

And If you'd like to speed that up a little bit, this is what you get.

The important thing to remember here is that the right hand has to be nice and even. Make sure that you keep it in a nice even tempo and when you change from the Am to the C chord, make sure it's connected. There is no gap in between the chord change.

Good luck with it, have fun, and we'll talk soon!

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