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Watch the Incorporate a Picking Pattern online guitar lesson by Christie Leneé from Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters

PIMA is a system of identifying right hand picking patterns. We'll talk a little bit about that here as well as a few simple patterns that you can apply to any progression you come up with. A lot of creativity can be found in a simple exercise like a right hand picking pattern. Try to work on finding the most efficient way to play patterns with your right hand, so you can make playing your guitar like breathing — and it's always a good routine to start identifying and journaling your favorite patterns using the PIMA labeling system.