Watch the Syncopated Picking Patterns: 2 online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Fingerstyle Survival Guide

As we did with all the previous patterns we are going to keep the thumb alternating strings and playing on the beat. Hopefully you’re starting to feel comfortable with that element by this point. Let’s start by looking at a more complex pattern using the isolated index finger and pairing the middle and ring fingers. As the patterns get more complex like this it’s important to learn it one note at a time and play it again and again.

You can also try patterns which offer another slight variation by isolating the ring finger and pairing the index and middle fingers. This will also continue to develop your individual digit independence necessary to smoothly play pieces that demand this type of concept. Another example of a great syncopation technique used by Jerry Reed and all sorts of fine fingerstyle players. Remember there are endless combinations that can be produced from the patterns presented in the tab and charts. Try combining separate patterns and see what unique combinations you can come up with.