Finger Patterns (Part Two)

Are you ready to move on? Make sure you’re comfortable playing the previous patterns before continuing. Good, now it’s starting to get interesting. This next pattern is a variation on the first; you’ll notice there are a couple extra notes. We’ll continue to call the patterns E & A for now. Follow the procedure you used in part one to learn these.

Pattern #3



Once you’re confident with your ability to play it, apply it to this progression. Remember to start with the A pattern, and notice that the last two notes of each bar are a walk down/up to be played with the thumb.

Pattern #4


This next pattern has a slightly different emphasis timing-wise than our previous examples:

Pattern #5


Once you’re comfortable move on and apply it to this progression:

Pattern #6


This next one is again a new timing:

Pattern #7


It sounds natural to the ear, but to your fingers it probably won’t seem to flow until you grow used to the feel. Take your time, when you’re ready apply it to this progression:

Pattern #8


Take note of how small changes can alter the feel dramatically. Try the above over different chords and different progressions. Listen to some of your favorite players and you’ll find some of these patterns jumping out at you. Pick out what they’re doing that draws you to their playing and make it yours. Capture the feel. Don’t think you have to stick with these patterns; create some of your own and remember to always challenge yourself.