Rock Fingerpicking Pattern in 6/8 Time
Some picking patterns â€śflowâ€ť across the guitarâ€™s strings in ascending and/or descending patterns behind the vocal line. These types of patterns usually feature rolling picking-hand fingerings that may eschew a strong sense of rhythm for a more ethereal tone.
Example 2 shows a pattern in 6/8 time, the way many players interpret the traditional classic â€śHouse of the Rising Sun.â€ť Many flowing patterns use individually plucked strings to create an ambient feel, but you can bolster a songâ€™s rhythm by adding some thumbed bass notes. Example 3 uses an alternating syncopated thumb to create a little more of a driving feel underneath a shortiâ€“mpattern. Make sure you hold off your second thumb stroke until theandof beat two.
Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Essentials