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Watch the Lesson 3 online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Blues Guitar 7: Fingerstyle Approaches

Lesson 3 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2.


The term "pattern picking" is sometimes used interchangeably with "Travis picking," but it actually refers to playing various repeating right-hand patterns in which not only the thumb but the fingers repeatedly play the same sequence of strings. This is a great way to accompany a vocal, but as you're learning here, the whole key to playing a guitar melody on top is to free up your fingers from your thumb so they can do their own thing.