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Here is an example of a fingerpicking pattern, plus ornaments, being used to create an arrangement for a song.

In this version of the traditional song, "Lord Franklin", you'll hear me use the 4-Step Pattern Variation #1, as well as the D suspended 4 figure, the D suspended 2 figure, and the A suspended 2 hammer-on figure. You'll also hear the Bass Run between G and Em. All of these figures appear in the tablature below, as well as in previous lessons in Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 2.

Think of these songs as examples of how you might use fingerpicking patterns and ornaments to create an arrangement for any song you choose.

Here are the lyrics to a version of this song:


(D)While homeward bound one night (G)on the deep(Bass Run)

(Em)Lying in my hammock I (A7)fell asleep(A7sus4)

(D)I dreamed a dream that I (G)thought was (D)true(Dmaj7)

(Em)Concerning Franklin and (A7)his gallant crew(Dsus2 Figure, D Sus 4 Figure)

With a hundred seamen he sailed away

The frozen ocean in the month of May

To seek a passage around the pole

Where we poor seamen do sometimes go

Through cruel hardships the mainly strove

Their ship on mountains with ice was drove

Only the Eskimo in his skin canoe

Was the only one that ever came through

In Baffin Bay where the whalefish blow

The fate of Franklin no man may know

The fate of Franklin no tongue can tell

Lord Franklin along with his sailors do dwell

And now my burden it gives me pain

For my long lost Franklin I'd cross the main

Ten thousand pounds I would freely give

To say on earth that my Franklin do live

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Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 2