Watch the Fingernail Click Patterns online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Fingerstyle Survival Guide
The fingernail clicking patterns are slightly more percussive rhythm patterns where the fingernails of the picking hand will slap down onto the strings. This slap or click is being added to the mix of thumb playing bass strings and fingers picking the treble strings. This concept produces a nice groove to play with. There will be additional variations and examples where the fingernails brush the strings in an opening-of-the-hand motion. These movements create a clicking, thumping, slapping, brushing, percussive drum-like sound. The patterns and variations focused on here will include the fingernail click on beats 2 and 4 (the backbeat). For a few ideas of this technique listen to Jerry Reed play “Hallelujah I Love Her So”, and Marcel Dadi, a real master of this technique play “Je Te Veux” or Buster B. Jones play “Au Revoir Mon Ami". If this is your first time trying such patterns take it one step at a time and be patient, it could take some getting used to.