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Watch the Basic Pinch Pattern online guitar lesson by Richard Gilewitz from Jump Start Fingerstyle Guitar

The Pinch Pattern allows you to play bass and melody notes at the same time by pinching the fingers as you pluck the strings.

Your thumb and middle fingers – P and A – do the pinching here. The pattern is:

pinch - 5th string and 2nd string
pinch - 4th/2nd
pinch - 5th/2nd
index finger-- 3rd
pinch - 4th/2nd