Play McCartney's Fingerpicking Pattern from "Yesterday"
Hereâ€™s another way to use monotonic-bass picking. Try plucking a bass note with the thumb followed by three eighth notes in the fingers. Example 7 shows this pattern in a progression similar to what Paul McCartney used on the Beatlesâ€™ timeless hit â€śYesterday.â€ť
Pluck the notes with your fingers by precisely plucking the three strings together with your middle, index, and ring fingers. To sound more like McCartney, you can also start with all three fingers a bit higher off the strings and bring them down so that they all brush the treble strings at the same time. The imprecise nature of this approach means you wonâ€™t always hit the same stringsâ€”sometimes youâ€™ll hit fewer than three strings and sometimes youâ€™ll hit moreâ€”but the net result is a somewhat scrappier sound that may be more desirable in some settings.
Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Essentials
See more Great Rock Fingerpicking Patterns articles.