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 :-
- Use of open strings (in this case providing the bass)
- Strictly repetitive right-hand picking sequences
- Sliding simple left-hand chord shapes up and down the neck
- 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 ...