Classical Guitar Patterns Using Fingers (No Pick)

5 examples of classical right hand pattern not possible with a pick.

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Classical plucking offers infinite melodic variations and tonal possibilties without using a pick. Hybrid picking allows a picking guitarist to play some things otherwise impossible; however, there are limitations to the technique. The primary issue stems from the angle at which the free fingers must pick the strings. While a player who only uses his or her fingers to pluck the strings (e.g., a classical guitarist) holds their hand at such an angle that the fingers travel perpendicular to the strings, allowing for a clear attack, a player holding the pick naturally positions their hand such that the pick strikes perpendicular to the strings, putting the fingers in a position almost parallel to the strings. This makes the attack of the free fingers of a hybrid picking guitarist considerably weaker than that of a purely fingerpicking guitarist. The angle of the fingers for a hybrid picker also limits the speed at which fingerpicked notes can be played. The right hand notation for classical/flamenco/spanish. p = pulgar = thumb i = indice = index m = medio = middle a = anular = ring x = pinky Here are 5 examples of plucking patterns using pima I have included only the first bar(s) of the songs by various composers Every song I posted here can be found on ultimate-guitar.com or at my website www.classclef.com. Try to play some of the following patterns with your own chords. You can play around with these plucking variations by doing arpeggios on top of chords. Using the right hand to pluck makes you a better player not relying on a pick all the time. 1. Double Stop Plucking Song: Symphony 9 - theme (Ode To Joy) Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Pattern: m i 
         p    

e--0------0------1------3-------3------1------0-----------
B---------------------------------------------------3-----
G-----0-------0-----0-------0------0-------0-----0-----0--
D---------2-------------2--------------0------------0-----
A--3-------------3--------------2-------------2-----------
E---------------------------------------------------------

RH m  i   m   i  m  i   m   i   m  i   m   i  m  i  m  i
   p      p      p      p       p      p      p     p   
Right Hand: Double stop plucking (2 at a time). Rock song exmple: check out "Julia" by the Beatles for double stop arpeggio. 2. Tremolo Song: Recuerdos de la Alhambra Composer: Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909)
Pattern: pami

E|-------------------------------------------------|
B|---5-5-5---5-5-5---5-5-5---5-5-5---3-5-5---3-5-5-|
G|-----------------5---------------4---------------|
D|---------2---------------2---------------2-------|
A|-0-----------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|
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R  p a m i p a m i p a m i p a m i p a m i p a m i
Right hand. Tremolo played fast gives a glimmering effect. Another pattern that needs to be played fast and difficult with a pick. Practice this pattern until you can get it to go "auto pilot". youtube example 3. Rasgueado A rasgueado is a method of strumming the strings of the guitar but it is much more complicated than the typical western style strumming. Because you use all five of your fingers, you are able to add an innumerable amount of rhythmic variations and patterns.
Pattern: 5 Finger Rasguedo

E|--0---0---0---0---0----------------------------------|
B|--0---0---0---0---0----------------------------------|
G|--1---1---1---1---1----------------------------------|
D|--2---2---2---2---2----------------------------------|
A|--2---2---2---2---2----------------------------------|
E|--0---0---0---0---0----------------------------------|

R   t   x   a   m   i
    v   ^   ^   ^   ^
4. Sweep Plucking Song: Opus 48 No5- Studio in Em Composer: Mario Giuliani (1781-1829)
Pattern: pimami

E|--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----|
B|------0---0-------0---0-------0---0-------0---0---|
G|----0-------0---0-------0---0-------0---0-------0-|
D|--------------2-----------2-----------2-----------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--0-----------------------------------------------|

R   p i m a m i p i m a m i p i m a m i p i m a m i   
Right Hand: With a pick, player will have to move your right hand up and down constanly. By using (pima) fingers your wrist doesn't even have to move! Instead your wrist hovers over the string while you sweep your fingers across the strings. 5. Four Finger pattern (across all strings) Song: Etude 1 in E minor Composer: by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Pattern: pipi-pmiam-maim-pipi

e||----------------0---0--------------||
B||------------0-----0-----0----------||
G||o-------0-----0-------0-----0-----o||
D||o---2-----2---------------2-----2-o||
A||------2-----------------------2----||
E||--0=======================---------||
    p i p i p m i a m a i m p i p i     
Right Hand: This is a very unique pattern which plays all strings on the guitar. It is to be played allegro (fast) for 50 over measures. You can play this with a pick but it will be tiring doing this for the entire song allegro!

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    wrestle74
    To those attacking wookie97. I believe the point of the lesson was to open guitarists up to ways of playing other than recently developed, and by recently I mean with the invention and use on the guitar of the pick. To get the same tone as one would for a classical song one would use their fingers, hence the technique named "fingerpicking". If you feel the need to make a statement against the lesson then the lesson is cleary not for you. And to nohaj847, strumming and the rasgueado are far from the same, each individual finger moves across the string creating a speed that cannot be duplicated by strummming. And to all the fellow guitarists (or guitar owners) don't limit yourselves by only playing one type of music, explore.
    3omar khaleel
    wooki97.. don't bother trying to explain to those amateurs.. the title clearly say CLASSICAL guitar patterns and still you find someone to tell you that you can use hybrid picking and whatsoever.. even if you do it will NEVER sound the same as with fingers.. so people please don't start flaming someone when you don't know shit.. it just shows how ignorant you are.. you play electric guitar? then why the **** you're here?? can't read the ****in title? go learn a tab for metallica and shut up..
    nahoj847
    This is bullshit. All off this can be played with a pick. As for the chords: just mute the strings that shouldn't be played, voila! now you can strum all strings!
    bridgeo
    hi! that piece from mario giuliani. do you know where i could find it to listen to? i really enjoyed your lesson! i definitely know what i'm going to practice before playing =). do you know interpreta from villa lobos?(
    ) it's my favourite song from him
    wooki97
    hey upen. first time hearing it. checked out the tab on ultimate guitar. coupled with some youtube videos. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/t/to... l/somewhere_over_the_rainbow_intro_guitar_pro.htm from what i see. you need to use artificial harmonics. index finger lightly touches the notes 12 frets apart following the chord shapes. Thumb will do the downstroke. upstroke with middle finger.
    unsettledkid
    nahoj847 i agree there is no muting in classical music im sorry dude this didnt really help me at all
    DarkTyrant
    Yes you can use a pick for these exercises but it's theseexercises which lead on to much bigger things like playing gabriela parts for Rodrigo and Gabriela, John butler and the best, Pepo Romero
    jaredpatrick
    THis is meant to be a help to people learning fingerpicking. I found it VERY helpful as I am just learning how to do this. Maybe I could do some of it with a pick, but this page is meant for FINGERPICKING help. Thank you sir for putting this up. I have played guitar for years but feel it is time to ditch the pick and become a classical player as I LOVE this style.
    upen
    hey i love the lesson so awesome different fingerstyles love it, and want you to give a lesson over waterfall harmonics as Tommy Emmanuel play in intro of Somewhere over the Rainbow ..... Pls post it as soon as possible if u can .....!!!
    terran236
    Damn, most of you ungrateful punks are close minded as hell. Have fun making boring music. I bet most of you only listen to one genre.
    wooki97
    tremolo in classical not too be confused with tremolo in electric. please check out... tarrega resceurdos de alhambra. or barrios ultimo tremolo. tremolo in electric is a different technique. although both share the same name.
    wooki97
    yeah? how do u play tremolo with a pick. how do you play WITHOUT Muting? in classical there is no muting. have you ever tried classical.
    fendermalmsteen
    I'm pretty sure you can play all of these with a pick by using string skipping, hybrid picking, etc... Really, this was a waste of a lesson.
    wooki97
    hi. I just wanna share. how do u pick this?
    Hybrid picking allows a picking guitarist to play some things otherwise impossible; however, there are limitations to the technique. The primary issue stems from the angle at which the free fingers must pick the strings. While a player who only uses his or her fingers to pluck the strings (e.g., a classical guitarist) holds their hand at such an angle that the fingers travel perpendicular to the strings, allowing for a clear attack, a player holding the pick naturally positions their hand such that the pick strikes perpendicular to the strings, putting the fingers in a position almost parallel to the strings. This makes the attack of the free fingers of a hybrid picking guitarist considerably weaker than that of a purely fingerpicking guitarist, unless significant changes are made to the hybrid picker's hand position. The angle of the fingers for a hybrid picker also limits the speed at which fingerpicked notes can be played.
    wooki97
    Apologies if i sound pretentious. i wish i could re-edit some stuff i wrote. not possible with a pick sounds too harsh. i meant easy to play with fingers with these patterns compared to a pick. i also probably pissed some people off indirectly especially if they have been playing with a pick for years. plus i feel this forum is bias in terms of more rockers than classical guitarist. but ultimate-guitar is a great site so thats why i decided to post. i am here to simply share since I come from a classical background. i thought theres something unique about this genre that other may not know. saying sounds better with a pick for the electric guitar is fine. but not for classical, this cant be so. if this is true why do classical guitarist even bother with using pima?
    fendermalmsteen
    There are limitations to every technique, including classical fingerstyle. Either way, I bet you anything that Paul Gilbert would find a way to pick that video example one way or another, maybe using string skipping I guess... It was a little pretentious to say these are not possible with a pick. All of them are possible to play flat picking, even possible to play very very fast. in fact, some of these examples might even sound better to play with a pick.
    wooki97
    banjocal. please read in my comment above regarding hybrid picking.... Hybrid picking allows a picking guitarist to play some things otherwise impossible; however, there are limitations to the technique.... garageking1479. thanks dude!