Watch the Skipping Patterns online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Fingerstyle Survival Guide
Skipping patterns are very versatile and offer a unique feel that isn’t quite as busy as some of the other syncopated patterns we’ve looked at. After Buster B. Jones taught me the boom chick, syncopated and banjo roll style of patterns, this was the next concept to follow, soon becoming one of my favorites. The concept is similar to an arpeggio in that often only one note is played at a time in succession with the occasional pinch of two or three notes at once. The feel of the pattern is a nice, steady, flowing, bouncing sort of rhythm. It works great for accompaniment or to pair with a melody you might play simultaneously with the pattern or a close variation. This skipping type of movement will also help your thumb and finger independence. Remember to keep your thumb alternating strings instead of being stagnant on one string, which will also free up another finger. Refer to the tabs and charts for more patterns and variations.