My May blog post for Music Teacher’s Helper.
Here’s a free guitar lesson on how to play a fingerpicking pattern that you can play over any chord. I learned this pattern as a student while taking lessons from Preston Reed in the early 90’s. This is a 2 measure pattern that I’ve broken down into 4 segments of 2 beats each. Learn each segment, then connect them for the full pattern. Practice slowly and in control, then speed things up later. I’m using a standard D chord shape in this video, but you can apply this pattern over any chord using many different combinations of strings. I included the TAB in the video. Let me know if you found this helpful.
I remember years ago, subbing on guitar at the church of a mentor friend of mine. We were rehearsing a song and he turned to me and said, “Take a solo, Pat!” I froze. I had no idea what to do. That was a defining moment for me. I left that service determined to improve my skills as a guitarist. This lesson is birthed out of that experience. Armed with your favorite DAW, iPad (I like to use Garage Band on the iPad), looper pedal, or just a hand-held digital recorder – use this lesson to give you confidence to be able to play a solo, or add worshipful improvisation over those extended prayer vamps. If you’re not that tech savvy, get someone from your worship team to play a loop for you. Download the lesson here. Remember… God gives you talent – practice turns talent into skill – and skill is an offering to God. Ps. 33:3 -Pat