Fingerpicking Guitar I

In this class you will learn acoustic guitar picking patterns such as arpeggios and a basic cyclical pattern, and then work on Travis picking (like in “The Boxer”). The class is based on folk, blues and popular music; you will learn how to apply these patterns to particular songs.

You should be able to play open form chords (G, Em, C, Am, B7, D, D7, Dm, E, A, A7) including F (4-string form is fine). These patterns are meant to accompany vocals, so be ready for a little singing. Material will be presented for those who read music and for those who do not.

You will need an acoustic guitar, a tuner and a capo. Above all get ready for fun!


Jenny Reynolds

Jenny Reynolds has taught the Acoustic Core classes at the National Guitar Workshop and currently teaches private lessons.

Course Materials

Students should bring an acoustic guitar, a capo, a tuner, a spiral notebook, and a pencil or pen.

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