Right Hand Picking Pattern No 3

In this lesson, Charlie will introduce the third of a series of simple right hand picking patterns. Little by little the complexity increases, but at this stage they are still quite simple.

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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Today we are going to have a look at another right hand picking pattern. In fact, we might just call this right hand pattern number 3. Also, we'll look at the chords we are going to play in this progression, so let's get on with it.

The first chord we are going to play is our C (C Major) chord. That's on C, E and C... C chord.

Simply take our first finger off, and we are achieving our CMaj7 (C Major 7, aka C7M) chord.

We drop our fourth finger down onto a D note which is on third fret of the B string and we've now got our C9 (aka Cadd9) chord. So, that's C, CMaj7, Cadd9

We then go to an Asus2 chord. Second finger on the E note, first finger on the A note and we leave the B string open: Asus2.

Dropping our fourth finger on the D note again, we now have an Asus4.

Asus2, Asus4 and our final chord is our Am (A minor) chord.

C, CMaj7, Cadd9, Asus2, Asus4, Am.

Let's take a look at what the right hand is doing.

With our right hand we can probably break this up into two parts. First part, we have got my C chord happening here. I can play thumb and second finger. Very important I start with my second finger on this pick so thumb, second finger which I'm going to play together. I'm going to drop down now to the D string, playing an E note again with my thumb. The next thing I'm going to play is an up pick on the G...with my first finger... That will be the first part of it.

Second part, I'm going to start with my thumb on the C bass, followed by my second finger playing the B string, drop down to the D string again and finishing off with my first finger on the G.

Part 1, part 2. put the whole thing together...

If we take a look at the timing on the C chord, we are pretty much in a semi-quaver feel. The first note in the C chord that we play is a quaver to two semi-quavers, so we get a "1"e,"and""dah" sound,"1"e,"and""dah". If I proceed through the rest of it, we'll end up with "1"e,"and""dah","2""e","and""dah".

The best way to approach this is to start with C chord...get a nice even tempo happening with the right hand and gradually work your way through all of the chords.

Starting on C, CMaj7, Cadd9, back to C, Asus2, Asus4, Am, Asus2. Speed the whole process up...

So, what's really important about this is you've got two parts. You've got your right hand part and then you've got your chord changes on your left hand. Practice both parts separately, don't try and do both things together, make sure that you work on them as individual parts, and then put them together. Good luck with it! I know you'll have a ball.


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