Watch the Syncopated Picking Patterns: 1 online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Fingerstyle Survival Guide

These syncopated picking patterns are more rhythmically intricate than the basic boom chick patterns and demand more digit independence. Although more complex you’ll use the same foundation of constant thumb rotation as you did with the simpler patterns.

First practice syncopating the fingers (index, middle and ring) from the thumb. To add syncopation the fingers will not only play occasionally on the beat with the thumb but also on the up beat (off beat) in between the thumb’s alternating bass pattern. This might sound simple but executing it with accuracy and constancy takes some time, practice and repetition.

The second pattern and variations will require isolating the index finger and pairing the middle and ring finger for a double stop. There are many variations possible with this concept. The idea here is even more syncopation and rhythmic interest. I like to combine these various patterns with different chord qualities and progressions to hear what they sound like in use. Please note that at approximately 2:13 in the video I accidentally switched to a different pattern than I had been using. Please refer to the tablature for the exact pattern and chord progression.