In this Step, we're going to take what we covered in Step 2 and start fingerpicking over chords.
We'll take all the fingerpicking patterns that we did and simply add them to some straightforward chords. The three chords that we're going to use are G, C and D. I've chosen these three because each one has a root note on a different string.
The G has the root on the low E string, the C's root is on the A string and the D has its root on the D string.
This is great because it will force you to get comfortable fingerpicking chords across all three of the bass strings. Consequently, it's going to make your thumb have to work a little harder and as a result that'll make your right hand more dexterous.
In Step 4 we'll be using these chords to create chord progressions, but for now we'll just be practising the fingerpicking patterns statically on each chord. We're doing this because we don't want to overcomplicate things; it's crucial to really master one step at a time.
When fingerpicking chords, you want to try and get all the notes ringing out nicely. If you're coming from a solely strumming background, you may find that you're accidentally muting some of the strings without realising it. Obviously this is an issue when playing fingerstyle, try hard to make sure you're holding down the chords just right so all the notes ring out clearly.
Remember, these are exactly the same patterns as used in Step 2, but now we're just fingerpicking chords with them.
Once you've gone through and can play all these exercises, I strongly encourage you to come up with some of your own patterns to go over these chords.
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We've just used three very simple chords here but you can, of course, play all these patterns on any other chords that you know. That's the beauty of it, they're completely movable.
10 Easy Steps to Get You Fingerpicking - Step 3 Summary
In this Step we've simply taken all the fingerpicking patterns from Step 2 and put them over three very simple chords.
Hopefully this wasn't too much of a struggle and you can now get all the notes to ring out nicely as you pick your way through each chord.
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I hope you've enjoyed Step 3 of this 10 Easy Steps to Get You Fingerpicking series. I'll see you on Step 4!
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