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Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 1A

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This lesson is a playalong exercise, designed to work on developing physical memory in your fingers. You may wish to come back to it regularly as part of your regular practice routine.

In this lesson we'll work on developing the speed and pacing of your fingerpicking, using the syncopated rhythm, and the chords Am and E major. Notice how the actual shape of the Am and the E chords are the same, just placed on different strings. Use this fact to make the chord change go more quickly by keeping all your fingers together and moving as a unit as they go from one chord to the next.

I will play two measures of each chord, two time around, for a total of eight measures. Then I will begin the cycle again. When I begin the cycle again, I will increase the speed just a little bit. I will do this for five rounds, getting a little bit faster every time.

In the beginning, you may only be able to make it through Round One, or Round Two. With repeated practice however, you should be able to stay with me all the way through Round Five.

As you speed up, play close attention to your accuracy. Try not to let your playing get sloppy. Also, try to relax and not think too hard. Let your fingers do the work.

As we are working on developing physical memory with this exercise, you want to get to the point that your fingers "know" the moves without your supervising them too closely. Playing along with me is a great way to develop that skill.

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Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 1A