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'WHIPpick-a-way!' - An introduction to Finger picking.

  • Finger Picking is a technique used to play chords individually, one string at a time in certain patterns

  • There are many patterns and techniques to it.

  • In this lesson we are going to look at;

    • 'Pima' classical finger picking tecchnique

    • 'Inside/ Outside' a piece to practise finger picking

    • Applying finger picking to a song -'Knocking on Heavens Door'


 Classical Finger Picking Technique - Pima

  • Used to notate which finger picks which string

  • Right hand fingers labelled as below rather than numbered to avoid confusion with left hand fingers.

Pima stands for;

P - Pulgar / Thumb
i - Indice / Index finger
m - Medio / Middle finger
a - Anular / Ring finger


Pima Exercises and Piece

Set your fingers up as follows;

  • thumb on the G (4th) string

  • index finger on the C (3rd) string

  • middle finger on the E (2nd) string

  • ring finger on the A (1st) string

1) Play down through your fingers on the open strings from your thumb on the G string down to your ring finger on the A string. Do it slowly and try to make each string even in volume.

2) Play up through your strings from the ring finger to the thumb.

'A Little River Walk'

  • Set up your LEFT HAND fingers to a chord of C before you start

  • Set your RIGHT HAND fingers to Pima arrangement as above.

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'Inside/ Outside'


'Knocking on Heavens Door'

  • For this song we are going to finger-pick the verse and strum through the chorus

  • The song needs 4 chords so let's learn those first;

  • They  are played in this arrangement;

          G G D D |  Am Am Am Am |

          G G D D |  C    C   C    C    ||

  • We are going to use the following score to help us with the simplified  finger picking pattern;

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