basic finger picking

Two basic finger picking patterns that work for any chords. Based on Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country."

The first basic finger picking pattern is shown here. The bass notes are hit with the thumb. Notes on the A string are hit with the index finger, on the D string with the middle finger and the B string with the ring finger.
E----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----0--------0---------------------------------------------------
G----------0-----------and repeat-------------------------------------------
D--------0------0--------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----3------3----------------------------------------------------
I use this finger picking patter to play a version on Bob Dylan's Girl from the North Country. The first line is played twice, the second line played once, the first line is then played again. I also hammer on the C/g at the end of the line.
E--------------------------------2--------------------------------
B----3--------3----3--------3-------------1-----0--------0------------
G---------0-------------0-------------2--------------0---------------
D-------4-------4-----4-------4-----0-------0------0-------0-------------
A----5------5------5------5------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------2------2-------3------3-----------

E----------------------------------------------------------------
B----0--------0----0-------0-----1-------1----0-------0----0------0---
G---------0------------0-------------0------------0------------0------
D-------2-------2----2-------2-----2-------2----0-------0----0-------0-----
A--------------------------------3-----3---------------------------
E----0------0------0-----0--------------------3-----3------3-----3-------
This is the second finger picking style. The difference is that the bass note and the top notes are played apart as opposed to together at the beginning of the chord.
E----------------------------------------------------------------
B------0-------0---------------------------------------------------
G----------0---------repeat---------------------------------------------
D------0-----0-----------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------------
E----3---3---------------------------------------------------------
Now I use this second picking pattern to play another version of Bob Dylan's Girl from the North Country. The first line is played twice, then the second line once, then the first once more. Again I hammer on the C/g chord at the end of the line (in video only not in tab).
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E--------------------------------------2---------2------------------------
B------3----------3----3--------3------------1---------0--------0---0--------0-
G------------0--------------0----------2-------2------------0-------------0----
D------4--------4------4------4------------------------0------0-----0-------0------
A----5----5----------5----5-------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------2-----2----------3----3-------3-----3

E----------------------------------------------------------------
B------0-------0---0--------0------1-------1-----0--------0----0---------0-
G----------0------------0--------------0--------------0-------------0------
D------2-----2-----2------2--------2-----2-------0------0------0------0----
A-------------------------------3----3-----------------------------
E----0---0-------0----0-----------------------3-----3-------3-----3------

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Author: glowe
Category: Folk
Instrument: Guitar
Views: 4,594
Created: 9 years ago
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