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Beginners Luck #1

Rick Payman (10059) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 110
Pages: 1 2 3

Here is the first in a series of simple finger picking exercises aimed at beginners wishing to learn [my] arpeggio style playing.

These lessons have not [yet] been structured and so unfortunately will not be presented in any particular sequence or order of difficulty; rather I will post lessons [if and] when they occur to me.

You'll just have to take Beginners Luck ...

This first example includes many elements of my playing style :-
  1. Use of open strings (in this case providing the bass)
  2. Strictly repetitive right-hand picking sequences
  3. Sliding simple left-hand chord shapes up and down the neck
  4. Sustained, or legato feel
Suggested right-hand fingering [ T=Thumb, 1=1st finger, 2=2nd finger ]

T 1 T 2 T 1 T 2 | ...

or flat-picking [ U=Up, D=Down ]

D U D U D U D U | ...

The left hand holds down a chord shape, which changes (or shifts) every 4th note, immediatetly after picking the bass string.

Always practice a new piece at a slower tempo until your fingers have learned their stuff, then increase to speed.

The sequence in bars 1 to 4 is cyclic and may be repeated indefinitely ...
Beginners Luck #1