You can also play the following patterns with the guitar pick instead of your
fingers. Look at the LEGEND nearby for the picking and fingering notations used
in the diagrams.
Learning guitar fingerstyle patterns is an excellent way to add new dimension to your playing you can practice them over the chord progressions just like the strumming patterns.
Unlike the strumming patterns, where you hit multiple strings simultaneously, fingerstyle patterns are played string by string most of the time, this method delivers a more lyric and soft sound.
Commonly you use clean electric or acoustic guitar to play this sort of
thing, another approch worth noting is that you can use your distorted electric
guitar sound with palm
muting to play this thing in heavier styles and still have clarity in
The patterns go more or less from simplest to more advanced ones.
Note that you "can't" play the pattern 2 and 3 straightforward as they depicted here let's say on the D open chord, because these patterns spread over 5 strings and the D open chord is played using just 4, be flexible to adjust patterns to your situation and trust your ears. For example, you can skip skipping the string before the 2nd note in the pattern 3 and move the rest of the notes one string lower:
By the way this new formation sounds better with some songs, so don't be bound by the diagrams, feel free to exchange notes, alternate bass note from one string to the next on each even bar like in the pattern 15 and so on...
Used in Wasting Love by Iron Maiden
In this finger style pattern the thumb alternately switches between the two lower bass strings.
Pattern 16 - Traditional Waltz
Pay attention that waltz has 3/4 time signature, it means that duration of the 1 bar is equal 3 quarter notes, and not 4 notes as with more commonly encountered 4/4 time signature.