Fingerpicking for Guitar
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Fingerpicking for Guitar

The Mindblowingly Easy Guide to Playing Twenty Fingerpicking Patterns!
3.5 (4 ratings)
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Created by Ashley Cowan
Last updated 4/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of the course students will be able to play chords in twenty different ways
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Requirements
  • All you need is a guitar to start learning! And a passion for nice sounding chords!
Description

Course Update: Tips and Tricks videos to be added in coming weeks.

Introduction to Three Finger Picking video added.
24/4/2017

Using Three Fingers and Thumb added
25/4/2017


Learning to fingerpick was one of the best things I ever did as a guitar player. As soon as I learned these patterns, my guitar playing and songwriting vastly improved. Instead of just strumming the same chords over and over, I could now play these chords in twenty different ways. Instead of going Am-G-Am-G I now had many more options to make those two chords sound much better.

Breaking Up My Songwriting
It also meant I could use fingerpicking segments as breaks within songs. I could go from strumming to a middle eighth of fingerpicking back to strumming again. The fingerpicking patterns gave me an option of varying tempos within my songs. And this opened up my guitar playing and songwriting.

Don't Just Strum Chords
Instead of just strumming chords, which will make your songs sound like every other song, why not combine fingerpicking and strumming? This technique has given my songs a different melody.

You can find my music on Soundcloud: "Ashley Cowan: The Great North Escape." Check out songs 2 - 6. 

"The Battle for Walter Tull" was played on BBC London. I started and ended the song with fingerpicking and I also made sure I varied the song's tempo. 

In "Jean Charles de Menezes" I used a fingerpicking section in the middle.

Vary Your Tempos
If you play eight songs in a row that all have the same tempo, then your music is going to get boring fast. If you strum eight songs in a row, then your music is going to sound boring fast. If, however, you mix and match the tempo’s and mix strumming with fingerpicking, then you’re going to keep an audience’s attention

The first fingerpicking song I ever wrote was played on BBC radio. 

What I loved most about learning to fingerpick was how it improved my songwriting. It gave me a new dimension as a songwriter. It even got me a Japanese girlfriend for 3 years! :) (Best of Friends :) And that's priceless! 

So why not improve your guitar playing and songwriting by learning to fingerpick!

Learn Twenty Patterns
On “Fingerpicking for Guitar!” you’ll learn twenty different fingerpicking patterns that will turn your chords from being average into being amazing!

It’s fast; it’s easy, and you’ll be playing awesome sounding chords in under an hour!

More importantly, there's no blah blah blah on this course. All you do is memorize, watch, copy and play! Then you go and practice the patterns on different chords and be amazed at how these same chords now sound so different!

Beginners with little guitar playing experience will also benefit from this course.

If you’re ready to learn more, then go ahead and hit that Enroll button, or take a test drive by using the Free Preview feature.  See you in the course!

Who is the target audience?
  • Complete beginners to intermediate guitar players
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
02:45:53
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What You're Going to Learn on this Course!
1 Lecture 00:39

A brief 40 second promo describing what you're going to learn on "Fingerpicking for Guitar."

Preview 00:39
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Before We Start
2 Lectures 01:05
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Fingerpicking Pattern 1
6 Lectures 43:28

Students will learn pattern 1, which can be used on open and barre chords. This pattern can also be used with a capo and partial capo.

Preview 12:03

Students will learn a second version of pattern 1.

Fingerpicking Pattern 1B
06:46

Students will learn a third version of pattern 1.

Fingerpicking pattern 1C
07:02

Students will learn a fourth version of pattern 1.

Fingerpicking pattern 1D
06:10

Students will learn a fifth version of pattern 1.

Fingerpicking pattern 1E
05:19

Students will learn a sixth version of pattern 1.

Fingerpicking pattern 1F
06:08
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Fingerpicking Pattern 2
6 Lectures 38:41

Students will learn pattern 2, which can be used on open and barre chords. This pattern can also be used with a capo and partial capo.

Fingerpicking pattern 2
06:38

Students will learn a second version of pattern 2.

Fingerpicking pattern 2B
06:44

Students will learn a third version of pattern 2.

Fingerpicking pattern 2C
06:10

Students will learn a fourth version of pattern 2.

Fingerpicking pattern 2D
06:05

Students will learn a fifth version of pattern 2.

Fingerpicking pattern 2E
06:33

Students will learn a sixth version of pattern 2.

Fingerpicking pattern 2F
06:31
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Pattern 3
4 Lectures 50:32

Students will learn a new hand position. This can be used on open and barre chords. This pattern can also be used with a capo and partial capo.

Pattern 3A
12:46

Students will learn a second version of pattern 3.

Pattern 3B
13:01

Students will learn a third version of pattern 3.

Pattern 3C
12:24

Students will learn a fourth version of pattern 3.

Pattern 3D
12:21
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Pattern 4
4 Lectures 25:36

Students will learn pattern 4, which can be used on open and barre chords. This pattern can also be used with a capo and partial capo.

Pattern 4
12:02

Students will learn a slight variation of pattern 4. This pattern can be used on open and barre
chords and also used with a capo.

Pattern 4.1
00:39

Students will learn a second version of pattern 4.

Pattern 4 B
12:16

Students will learn a slight variation of pattern 4 B. 

Students will learn a second version of pattern 4.1 B
00:39
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Bonus Stuff: Tips and Tricks
3 Lectures 05:53

Coming soon-ish!

Coming Soon!
00:33

Here we introduce using three fingers. The aim of this video is to get you used using finger three. At first, this can be a bit tricky. Don't worry about timing, just practice using all three fingers. More videos on the way. 

Introduction to Three Finger Picking
03:38

Here we introduce the thumb with the three fingers.

Using Three Fingers and Thumb
01:42
About the Instructor
Ashley Cowan
4.0 Average rating
33 Reviews
283 Students
3 Courses
BBC World Service Radio

Who am I?

My name's Ashley, and I'm just someone who loves training people in radio. I have over eighteen years experience in training including nine years at The BBC.

The Online Radio School has been a dream of mine since I started managing a hospital radio station in 1997. Back then I spent eight years training tons of volunteers in all aspects of radio. I tutored in presenting, reporting, interviewing and production.

I moved to The BBC World Service in 2002 and I stayed there for nine years. There I technically operated radio transmissions, edited interviews and documentaries and trained World Service staff in radio broadcasting.

I've now completed my three course's "Discover The Secrets to Media Interviews," "Discover The Secrets To Being An Awesome Radio DJ," and "Fingerpicking for Guitar."

Music and Guitar

In my spare time I'm a singer songwriter who teaches guitar and performs in London. I've been playing guitar for twenty years. I like fingerpicking and writing strong lyrics. I've been played on BBC Radio London and Amazing Radio to one million listeners.

You can find my music on Soundcloud. 

"Ashley Cowan: The Great North Escape Soundcloud"