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Fingerpicking Variations: Embellishing with Add-Ons and Drop-Offs

from Basic Fingerpicking: A Guide to Fingerpicking in All Styles
To vary a picking pattern, you can add notes to a basic chord, or drop notes. For example, in “Car Chase,” which follows, you change the A to Aadd9 by “unfretting” the second string (dropping a note); then you fret the second string one fret higher than usual to make an A supended (an add-on)


“Car Chase” has a groove reminiscent of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” or “Blue Nancy.” The backup picking features drop-offs and add-ons.


“Birdcalls” is another example of fingerpicking with add-ons and drop-offs, set to a rock groove like that of the Byrds’ “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” or any number of Tom Petty hits.

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