Guitar Secrets, Lead Guitar Made Easy
Guitar Secrets, over 150 online guitar lessons.
Become a Guitar Secrets Member – Join free
Guitar Finger picking
In this lesson, I would like to show you one of my favorite finger picking styles. You can use this guitar picking technique to play a number of different music genres, such as Folk, Spanish, Country and many others.
We are going to use a, I - IV- V progression in the key of C major. The I-IV-V progression in the key of C major would use the chords of C-F and G.
The song, Blowin In The Wind, uses this type of progression or is very close and maybe in another key. You can adapt this fingering style to it, but it is not the fingering style that is used in the song. Once you learn this progression and song, you can begin to write your own songs. But, the idea here, is to help you see that you don't really need to learn a hundred chords to begin to play music. I would highly recommend that you learn this song just to get a feel for this type of progression. I've added a couple verses to this song, if you would like to learn the complete song, you might want to look up some sheet music. I've added the chords below and some of the lyrics.
The key of C major has the notes and chords of: C major, D minor, E minor, F major, G major, A minor, B diminished and C major. The progression I will be showing you, uses the chords of: C major, F major and G major. This is called a I-IV- V progression. 1-4-5 progression.
I've added a video to show you the picking style we need to learn. The end of the video shows you how I incorporated this picking style into the song.
C F G C F C
How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?
C F G C F G
How many seas must a white dove sail, before she sleeps in the sand?
C F G C F G
Yes and how many times must the cannon balls fly, before they're forever banned?
C G F C F
The answer my friend, is blowin in the wind
The answer is blowin in the wind.
The tablature for the song has been included below. I would suggest to learn a little at a time. The finger picking style is the same for each chord as far as the fingers used. Once you get comfortable picking each chord, you can begin to add the vocals.
1 = Index finger
2 = Middle finger
3 = Ring finger
4 = Pinkie
T = Thumb
Let us know if you have any questions.