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A Descent Chord Sequence
A slow, descending fingerpicked chord sequence. Updated - added Chord charts.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 103324 Hits · 4.12/5 (75 ratings) · Last modified: 9/4/2002
 
Autumn Changes
This sequence appeared this evening, presumably brought on by the weather.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 52400 Hits · 4.75/5 (130 ratings) · Last modified: 11/7/2000
 
A Friend In You
A melodic finger-style piece with open string pull-offs and bass line.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 40901 Hits · 4.34/5 (73 ratings) · Last modified: 11/14/2005
 
Music For A Found Harmonium
A solo version of Penguin Cafe Orchestra's Music For A Found Harmonium for plectrum guitar in dropped-D tuning.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 34465 Hits · 4.41/5 (29 ratings) · Last modified: 4/27/2003
 
Beginners Luck #1
Here is the first in a series of simple finger picking exercises aimed at beginners wishing to learn [my] arpeggio style playing.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 30235 Hits · 4.26/5 (31 ratings) · Last modified: 8/2/2000
 
A Little Waltz
Here's a simple little Waltz sequence which uses both fretted and open-string pull-offs.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 27820 Hits · 4.25/5 (61 ratings) · Last modified: 9/3/2002
 
Prelude In D Minor (BWV 999) By J.S.Bach
Bach's Prelude in D Minor BWV 999, originally scored for the Lute in the Key of C Minor.
Classical · Intermediate · 25439 Hits · 4.67/5 (15 ratings) · Last modified: 5/14/2002
 
Arpeggio Study #1
An original fingerstyle arpeggio study, inspired by the guitar tudes of Villa-Lobos.
Classical · Advanced · 25038 Hits · 4.28/5 (68 ratings) · Last modified: 4/29/2005
 
The Journey - A New Beginning
A new start and ending to my piece The journey.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 23480 Hits · 3.29/5 (31 ratings) · Last modified: 3/27/2004
 
A Visit To Trumpton
A series of wonderful guitar duets by Freddie Phillips for the Childrens' series Trumpton from the 1960s.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 20608 Hits · 4.81/5 (21 ratings) · Last modified: 6/9/2006
 
Rick's Country Picking Licks
Here's a random selection of some of my more Folk/Country oriented picking licks. Ok, not exactly Country, but it sure ain't Jazz.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 19109 Hits · 4.33/5 (12 ratings) · Last modified: 7/30/2000
 
Bach Up To Speed
This lesson presents a familiar (to my readers) open string arpeggio picking sequence with simple left-hand fingering to allow practice and development of right-hand speed.
Acoustic/Folk · Advanced · 18603 Hits · 4.32/5 (34 ratings) · Last modified: 7/19/2000
 
Spanish Sequence
A short spanish (flamenco) style sequence which can be used as a right-hand finger workout.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 17367 Hits · 4.29/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 11/27/2000
 
The DayDreamer
This relaxing piece is played up the neck and makes use of open first and second strings. Updated.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 16848 Hits · 4.96/5 (27 ratings) · Last modified: 5/12/2012
 
African Echos
One of those elegant picking patterns that just appears from nowhere and demands to be played! Includes suggested left- and right-hand fingerings.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 16614 Hits · 4.94/5 (17 ratings) · Last modified: 5/14/2012
 
The Journey
A Journey through some existing pieces, to make a piece for performance.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 14989 Hits · 4.88/5 (8 ratings) · Last modified: 11/8/2003
 
Classical Etude #1
A classical finger-style exercise.
Classical · Intermediate · 14832 Hits · 4.71/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 6/5/2001
 
Acoustic Echo Flanger
Can't afford an acoustic multi-effects unit? This piece mimics the sound of a flanger sweeping through harmonics or partials, with some delay thrown in for good measure.
Experimental · Beginner · 14394 Hits · 4.31/5 (29 ratings) · Last modified: 1/6/2001
 
Rick's Old Rag
An old RagTime piece, based entirely around basic chord shapes.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 14383 Hits · 4.91/5 (23 ratings) · Last modified: 1/3/2005
 
Lullaby
Here's a little lullaby. Have a good night. Update: Inserted Page 2 - Big Baby.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 13255 Hits · 4.62/5 (24 ratings) · Last modified: 9/2/2001
 
Using The Composer: First Steps
A Step-by-step Guide to creating your first Composer sequence. Under development.
Theory/Reference · Beginner · 13237 Hits · 5.00/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 11/19/2002
 
Complex Time Arpeggio Patterns
Repetitive chord-based arpeggio patterns using complex-time signatures, suitable for both plectrum and finger-style playing.
Acoustic/Folk · Advanced · 12771 Hits · 4.47/5 (17 ratings) · Last modified: 7/1/2002
 
Slow, Minor And Sad
Here's a slow, plain picked chord sequence (in 9/8) demonstrating the use of open strings to help play in Minor keys (in this case C Minor).
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 11956 Hits · 4.27/5 (15 ratings) · Last modified: 7/16/2000
 
Introduction To PolyRhythmic Picking
This lesson introduces the concept of polyrhythmic finger picking using a simple example based on triplets.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 11955 Hits · 4.18/5 (17 ratings) · Last modified: 7/23/2000
 
Using Unusual Chords For Practice
This lesson demonstrates how unusual chord voicings can add interest to a simple picking exercise.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 11482 Hits · 4.58/5 (12 ratings) · Last modified: 12/16/2003
 
The Storm (extract)
A work in progress, including an open-string arpeggio sequence.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 11196 Hits · 4.79/5 (24 ratings) · Last modified: 11/3/2003
 
A Summer Waltz
A familiar sounding Waltz for the Summer.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 11127 Hits · 4.15/5 (13 ratings) · Last modified: 7/25/2001
 
Charlie
A slow Latin style rhythm piece, dedicated to Charlie Gacsi - Get Well Soon.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 10598 Hits · 5.00/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 8/5/2007
 
Pachelbel's Anon
Inspired by, and with apologies to Peppe Lahtinen, and to a lesser extent Pachelbel's Canon, here are a couple of open string arpeggio sequences.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 10587 Hits · 4.67/5 (6 ratings) · Last modified: 7/23/2000
 
Irish Jig: The Kerfunken Jig
A traditional Irish Jig in dropped-D tuning, played in a slow, simple style inspired by fiddle player Martin Hayes.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 10584 Hits · 4.33/5 (6 ratings) · Last modified: 10/15/2002
 
At The End Of The Day
As good tunes go, they don't come much simpler than this.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 10072 Hits · 4.86/5 (22 ratings) · Last modified: 4/16/2002
 
Prelude For Clive
This piece may be considered as an extended Open String Arpeggio exercise, or enjoyed in it's own right.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 9838 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 12/17/2003
 
Using Open Strings In Arpeggios
This lesson demonstrates the use of alternating between open and fretted strings in creating arpeggiated chord sequences. This technique may be applied effectively over a wide tempo range from laborious to light-speed.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 9655 Hits · 4.00/5 (13 ratings) · Last modified: 6/27/2000
 
Beginners Luck #2
Here is the second in a series of simple finger picking exercises aimed at beginners. This lesson introduces left hand open-string pull-offs.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 9542 Hits · 4.41/5 (17 ratings) · Last modified: 9/11/2000
 
Maybe Tomorrow
Here's another old chord based tune, again inspired by Anthony Phillips.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 9278 Hits · 4.78/5 (9 ratings) · Last modified: 11/27/2000
 
Rick's Easy Pickings
Here's the first of a selection of easy pickings for beginner to intermediate players.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 9224 Hits · 4.56/5 (9 ratings) · Last modified: 7/20/2000
 
Take Your Pick
This lesson presents a slightly different fingerstyle approach, with a twist at the end.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 9151 Hits · 3.80/5 (5 ratings) · Last modified: 12/5/2000
 
Make Up Your Mind
A fairly simple fingerstyle tune using hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 8620 Hits · 4.90/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 9/22/2002
 
The Open Road
An experimental rhythmic picking style.
Acoustic/Folk · Advanced · 8356 Hits · 4.78/5 (9 ratings) · Last modified: 9/23/2001
 
Irish Jig: Jackson's Morning Brush
An arrangement of a traditional Irish jig for guitar in dropped-D tuning.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 8312 Hits · 5.00/5 (9 ratings) · Last modified: 10/13/2002