Cold Beer and the Fingerstyle Fundamentals Wrap-up

This lesson brings us to the end of our introduction to fingerstyle techniques for now, at least as far as playing the blues is concerned. At this point you should have a pretty good idea of how to develop your fingerpicking skills, applying and identifying chord shapes and finger patterns, and thumb independence. Now it’s time to begin putting it to use. If you’re struggling with any of these techniques, refer to the troublesome lessons and keep at it. If you have any burning questions feel free to drop us a line.

Cold Beer is an original tune that combines elements that were covered in section two. If you’re unsure what you need to work on, this song should help point out any weaknesses in your playing. It’s named Cold Beer because if you’re anything like me, by the time you get to the end you’ll need one.

Take your time and learn it in sections if needed, come back to it until you can play it through. The bass notes change with every chord, so be sure you’re playing the proper rhythm under the melody.

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