This book will introduce you to the basics of fingerpicking, everything from hand positions to picking patterns that will make your music come alive. Each chapter focuses on one technique or skill at a time and ends with music arranged to use what was taught in the preceding lessons. Each of the twenty-five lessons builds on the previous one. While taking a beginner’s approach to fingerpicking, this book is intended for a player familiar with chords. If you want to broaden your playing style, this book is for you. 152 pages.
– Tune List:
Amazing Grace • Anne Boleyn’s Lament • Arkansas Traveler • Auld Lang Syne • Aura Lee • Down in the Valley • Drink to Me Only o Gail’s Jolly Jig • Greensleeves • Holy Manna • In Good Old Colony Times • Loch Lomond o Londonderry Air • Merrily Kiss the Quaker • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean – Ode to Joy • Off She Goes • Oh, Suzannah • Planxty Irwin • Planxty Pati O’Jig • Polly Wolly Doodle • Sandy River Belle • Scarborough Fair • Shady Grove • Short’nin’ Bread • The Skye Boat Song • Southwind • Swallow Tail Jig
“The arrangements (in Patterns and Patchwork) are the nicest I’ve ever played, and allow the player to concentrate on technique . . . . I believe this is the most complete instructional manual on right-hand (fingerpicking) technique yet published. This is a finely crafted, useful book.”
— Carrie Crompton, Dulcimer Players News, Vol. 18 No. 3, 1992
Note: Patterns and Patchwork does not have a companion CD, but upon request Sue will send you a sound file for any of the songs/exercises that you would like to hear played.