Watch the Fingerpicking Patterns online guitar lesson by Jennifer Batten from Rock Sauce for Rhythm Guitar
Fingerpicking (without finger picks) has a very soft sound since you don’t have the attack of the pick. There are a limitless number of patterns you can come up with using any combination of your 4 right hand fingers and thumb. In fact, you can be scientific and write out the numbers 1 through 5 representing your right hand, and fill a page with combinations to experiment with. Then you can add repeats of certain fingers as well as a variation of rhythms. Here are several examples of fingerpicking combinations from some pop songs.