Category Archives: Plucking and fingerstyle exercises

At our website, we offer a wide variety of free plucking and fingerstyle exercises and lessons for guitar players of all skill levels. From basic plucking patterns to advanced fingerstyle techniques, our exercises are designed to help you improve your finger strength, dexterity, and overall guitar playing ability. Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or an experienced player looking to take your skills to the next level, our free plucking and fingerstyle exercises and lessons are the perfect way to get started.

  • Start by positioning your thumb behind the guitar neck for support and stability.
  • Use your fingertips to pluck the strings, rather than the pads of your fingers.
  • Practice basic plucking patterns such as down-up, up-down, and alternate picking.
  • Pay attention to the right hand technique and try to maintain an even and consistent sound while plucking.
  • Incorporate different plucking patterns and techniques into your practice routine to keep it interesting and challenging.
  • Experiment with different fingerings and variations to find what works best for you.
  • As you progress, try incorporating fingerstyle techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.
  • Make sure to take regular breaks to avoid strain or injury, and practice regularly to build muscle memory and coordination.
  • Experiment with different genres and songs to apply your plucking skills in a musical context.
Alternating Bass Fingerpicking

10 Finger Independence & Alternating Bass Fingerpicking Lesson

If you want to be a fingerstyle guitarist it’s essential to develop finger independence, which involves training your fingers to move independently of one another, additionally, alternating bass fingerpicking technique is an essential part of many fingerstyle arrangements, which involves playing a sequence of notes with the fingers of the picking hand, while alternating the bass note with the thumb. Alternating bass fingerpicking technique can help your finger independence. In this article, we’ll cover ten finger independence and alternating bass fingerstyle lessons to help you improve your skills on the guitar from Matteo Carcassi Music.

What is Alternating Bass Fingerpicking?

When there is a bass note played after every note in fingerstyle or classical guitar, it is often referred to as “alternating bass” or “bass arpeggios.” This technique involves playing a sequence of notes with the fingers of the picking hand, while alternating the bass note with the thumb.

The alternating bass technique is commonly used in many styles of fingerstyle and classical guitar playing, and can be heard in various genres such as folk, blues, country, and classical music. It is an essential technique for creating a strong rhythmic foundation and harmonically rich accompaniment on the guitar.

Matteo Carcassi:

Matteo Carcassi is one of my most favorite Classical Musician, i learnt many of his music. He used a lot of alternating bass fingerpicking & we will learn 10 small parts from his music which cover alternating bass fingerpicking.

Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853) was an Italian guitarist, composer, and music teacher who made significant contributions to the development of classical guitar technique. He was born in Florence and started his music career as a pianist, but soon switched to the guitar, which became his primary instrument.

Carcassi is particularly well-known for his famous method for classical guitar, “Méthode complète pour la guitare,” which was first published in 1836. This method is still widely used today and has been a valuable resource for guitarists for almost two centuries. The method includes many exercises and pieces that focus on finger independence and alternating bass technique, which are essential skills for fingerstyle guitar playing.

Carcassi’s compositions, such as his famous Etudes, are still performed and studied by guitarists today. His music is characterized by its elegant and refined style, and his use of counterpoint and harmony. Many of his compositions incorporate alternating bass technique, which he used to create complex and rich textures in his music.

In addition to his compositions and method, Carcassi was also a respected music teacher. He taught at the Conservatoire de Paris for many years and had a significant impact on the development of guitar technique during his lifetime.

Lesson 1

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Finger Independence Lesson

Lesson 2

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Finger Independence Lesson

Lesson 3

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Finger Independence Lesson

Lesson 4

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Finger Independence Lesson

Lesson 5

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Finger Independence Lesson

Lesson 6

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Alternating Bass Fingerpicking

Lesson 7

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Alternating Bass Fingerpicking

Lesson 8

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Alternating Bass Fingerpicking

Lesson 9

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Alternating Bass Fingerpicking

Lesson 10

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Alternating Bass Fingerpicking

Learn More About Matteo Carcassi

If you interested with fingerstyle check : Essential Beethoven Guitar Tab – Fingerstyle / Plucking

Odd Time Signature Lesson with tabs

Odd Time Signature – 5 Guitar Plucking Exercise With Tabs

An odd time signature is a musical time signature that does not have a simple whole-number ratio between the number of beats in a measure and the note value that represents one beat. Examples of odd time signatures include 5/4, 7/8, or 11/4,These time signatures can create a complex and irregular rhythmic feel, and are often used in jazz and experimental music. Composers and musicians often use odd time signatures to create a sense of tension and dissonance, and to challenge the listener’s sense of expectation and familiarity. You can start with these odd time guitar plucking exercise.

Some song examples with Odd time signature:

  1. The Count Of Tuscany – Dream Theater : 15/8 and 9/4
  2. Last Goodbye – Circus Maximus : 7/8 & 9/8
  3. Plini – Selenium Forest : 7/4
  4. Frame by frame – King Crimson : 7/4
  5. I hung my head – Sting : 9/8

Example 1: 15/8 and 9/4 count:

“The Count of Tuscany” is a song by the American progressive metal band Dream Theater. It is the opening track on their ninth studio album, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”. The song is known for its complex and dynamic structure, featuring multiple time signature changes and shifting musical themes. The song is also considered as one of the longest songs in Dream Theater’s catalog, clocking in at over 20 minutes in length. The particula part we learn from this song today is 15/8 and 9/4.

Listen the audio here:

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15/8, 9/4 Count

Here is the tab:

Odd Time Signature

Example 2: 7/8 & 9/8 count

This part is from Song “The last goodbye” by Circus Maximus. One of my most favorite band of all time and this song is from my favorite Album Nine (2012). In this part they mostly used 7/8 but in 4th bar only they used 9/8 in a beautiful natural way. I prefer natural way that most progressive bands are miss in these days.

Listen the plucking here:

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7/8, 9/8 Count

Here is the tab:

7/8 & 9/8 Count

Example 3: 7/4 count

“Selenium Forest” is a song by Australian instrumental progressive rock/metal musician Plini. The song is from his second studio album “Impressions” released in 2018. It features a complex and intricate guitar work, with a mix of melodic and technical playing. The song showcases Plini’s skill as a guitarist and composer, with a delicate and nuanced approach to both melody and rhythm and has been well received by critics and fans alike and is considered as one of Plini’s standout tracks, praised for its emotional depth and musical virtuosity. The song is also part of a number of playlists of instrumental progressive rock and metal.

This partiucalr part is one of the main theme that used in whole song and its on 7/4 Count.

Listen this particular part here:

https://guitars-lesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Plini-Selenium-Forest-1.mp3
7/4 Count

Here is the tab:

7/4 count

Example 4: Another 7/4

“Frame by Frame” is a song by the British progressive rock band King Crimson. It is the opening track on their fifth studio album, “Discipline”, released in 1981 and Most of this song is on 7/4 count and some parts are in 4/4.

Listen the song here:

https://guitars-lesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/King-Crimson-Frame-By-Frame-1.mp3
7/4 Count

Here is the tab:

Odd Time Signature

Example 5: 9/8 Count

“I Hung My Head” is a song written and performed by Sting, and was released on his 1996 album “Mercury Falling”. The song was covered by Johnny Cash and released on his album “American III: Solitary Man” in 2000 which was critically acclaimed. The song was also featured in the movie “The Corruptor” and the TV series “The Sopranos” This is the intro from the song.

Listen the plucking here:

https://guitars-lesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Sting-I-Hung-My-Head.mp3
9/8 Count

Here is the tab:

Odd Time Signature

Also check: List Of Long Duration Progressive Rock / Metal Songs with Playlist

Progressive Guitar Riff Lesson – 5 Dream Theater Riff In Odd Time Signature

Beethoven Guitar Tab

Essential Beethoven Guitar Tab – Fingerstyle / Plucking

So There are hundreds of Beethoven guitar tab Most of them are Multiple Guitar or Style thats need additional instrument behind.. So here is my version that is playable with 1 guitar. You can learn them also to take your plucking / fingerstyle to next level.

1. Fur Elise

So first one is the obvious one lol .. Probably the most covered Beethoven Piece. I am not giving the tab in Image tab here because its a very long piece. Later i will create seperate post with Image tab as well.

Listen The piece here :

https://guitars-lesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Beethoven-Fur-Elise-full-version-1.mp3
Listen Beethoven Fur Elise Full Version

2. Moonlight Sonata

And yes this covered by lot of musicians as well but mostly in Piano. Here is the guitar version for Moonlight Sonata No14. Also i created 2 Seperate version for this.

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Listen Moon Light Sonata

Here is the tab For this one :

And here listen The alternative version for Moonlight sonata

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Listen Moonlight Sonata Alternative Version

Here download tab for alternative version

3. Ode To Joy (9TH)

Probably the easy one.

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Listen Ode To Joy

Here is the tab for this

Beethoven Guitar Tab
Ode To Joy Tab

Download Beethoven Guitar tab for Ode to Joy Here:

If you have some song / Tab Request please let me know in the comment section i will try to transcribe and post in future.

Also check : 10 Finger Independence & Alternating Bass Fingerpicking Lesson