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Full-Measure Variation #1, with a Twist

 

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Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 1B

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This lesson introduces a slight variation to Variation #1 of the Four Step Fingerpicking Pattern. This is a highly versatile and popular acoustic fingerpicking style. If you learned to play Variation #1 successfully in Level 3, then this new idea should be a piece of cake. Enjoy adding this to your bag of fingerpicking tricks.

The first half of the measure will start with a pinch of the thumb on the bass note, played simultaneously with the highest string, with the middle finger. The count for this move will be "One And". This is followed by the thumb on the third string, and then the index finger on the second string, for a count of "Two And".

As with Variation #1, the second half of the measure will be our old buddy, the Four Step Pattern (thumb on the bass note, middle finger on the highest string, thumb on the third string, index finger on the second string). The count for these notes is "Three And Four And".

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