Paul Smith Music Finger picking Tab. Picking Patterns #21-25
                                                        (Roll picking)

Introduction to TabRight Hand Position / Patterns #1-4  /  Patterns #5-9  /  Patterns #10-13 /  Patterns #14-20

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     Finger picking Tab.  Picking Patterns  #21-25  (Roll picking)   

It's best to download the Audio samples.  Use them to help get the rhythm of the finger picking pattern.
            (These samples are mp3 formatted at 64kbps, 10 to 15sec. in length, and average about 100KB)
On this page you will not hear the metronome but the speeds are the same as on the other pages.
The slow speed is at  80 and the fast speed is done at the same metronome setting but the picking is just 
twice as fast..

Picking Pattern #21 (Roll pick)
This pattern is similar to pattern #20.  It is a "picking roll pattern" but notice how the first bass note and the 
end bass note of the pattern have changed.  This change will help you to "through" your picking rhythm back 
to the beginning of the picking pattern.  Keep repeating the pattern until you get it to be like one continuous 
picking rhythm!

Notice the symbol  right after the first note.  This indicates a slight pause before picking the next note.

                                         Audio samples / Slow / Fast  

   C   chord

       T '  2  T  1  2   T  1  2  T  1  2  T  1  T  2

Picking Pattern #22 (Roll pick)
This picking pattern is the same as #21 except it has the same beginning as picking pattern #20

Audio samples / Slow / Fast  

   C   chord


       T '  2  T  1   2   T  1  2  T  1  2  T  1  T  2

Picking Pattern #23 (Roll pick)
This picking pattern is the same as #21 except the end has the lowest string in it.

Audio samples / Slow / Fast  
   C   chord


       T '  2  T  1   2   T  1  2  T  1  2  T  1  T  2

Picking Pattern #24 (Roll pick)
Now we're going to use a "roll pattern" and introduce the 3rd finger of the right picking hand.
You are still using three finger picks, and so now we are going to use them all in this picking 
pattern.  We haven't been using the 3rd finger in these roll pattern yet, so this may take some 
getting used to.  Notice that in the middle of the pattern you are skipping a string in the roll.  
You're jumping form the 'g' string with the 1st finger and going to the 'e' string with the 
3rd finger.  You will use this a lot in the future so keep that finger pick on the 3rd finger. 

                                    Audio samples / Slow / Fast  
   C   chord

       T '  2  T  1  2   T  1  3  T  1  3  T  2  T  2

Picking Pattern #25 (Roll pick)
Finally in this picking pattern you are now going to be using all six strings of the guitar in a 
"roll pattern."  These roll patterns should be relatively easy to learn because you are "adding" 
just slight changes to each progressive pattern till now your using all six strings of the guitar.

                                    Audio samples / Slow / Fast  
   C   chord


       T '  2  T  1   2   T  1  3  T  1  3  T  2  T  1

The possibilities of different finger picking patterns are many and it's impossible to list them all.  
But what I hope you can see by these patterns on this site is that you can have a lot of variation 
in your music.  You can also build your own picking patterns and learn your own style of finger 
picking by incorporating the same "learning" techniques that I have been teaching you here on 
this site.  

For example: Another thing you can do is to pick more than one string at a time.  
With this finger picking pattern below you will be learning to pick two strings side by side at 
the same time.
          This style of picking adds fullness and body to the overall sound.
This particular pattern below is similar to the "roll" patterns form Pat. #14 -25
But it is good to learn to pick multiple strings with many different patterns. 

I'm not going to provide a sample with this one.  I'm going to leave you on your own to get the timing.

   G   chord

E  II---------------------3------------------0---I-------------------3-----------------3------II   
B  II---------------0-----0--------0--------0---I-------------0-----0--------0--------0------II    
G  II-*-------------0--------------0------------I--------------0--------------0-------------*-II   
D  II-*-------0---------------0-----------------I---------0--------------0------------------*-II   
A  II-----------------------------------2--------I----------------------------------2----------II
E  II-----3--------------------------------------I----3----------------------------------------II

              T     T       1       2     T     1     T     2          T      T     1      2      T     1     T     2        
                               2       3            2            3                          2      3             2            3

By the time you have gotten this far with your finger picking endeavors you can start to make your own 
to the patterns.  You can take any one of the patterns you have already mastered and add 
places where you pick two or three strings instead of just one.  You should learn to make progressions
from one chord to another while adding notes between the chords.  Learn to include scales as well as 
hammers, pull offs, slides and so on, so your playing sounds more advanced and interesting.

There are many, many more ideas I could show you, but my goal here isn't to teach you every
picking pattern and every lick I know.  Rather, I'm hoping that by learning the picking patterns on 
this web site you will have "gotten hooked" on finger picking.  The patterns here should be enough
to accomplish that.  I hope you have now entered into that totally "new world" of guitar playing and 
are determined to keep with it.  

Please remember what I've been saying about using finger picks.  It isn't easy to learn using finger 
picks I know, but it is the BEST way to learn.  If you become proficient at using finger picks you 
will have already lifted your guitar playing up above all those others who didn't do what it takes to 
use to them.  I hope that one day I'll be seeing you on Public TV, hearing you on your own 
CDs and hearing some outstanding finger style guitar that you have mastered and made your own.  

To think that I had a small part in helping you to get there will be for me a real sense of satisfaction. 

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