Picking patterns

Clawhammer reel picking pattern tutorial

In this week’s free Irish guitar accompaniment lesson from Folk Friend, I’ll be showing you an unusual clawhammer picking pattern which you can use with Celtic reels! I like this pattern so much that I used it in my fingerstyle arrangement of John Ryan’s polka, which appears in my latest book. It’s called Irish Tunes For Fingerstyle Guitar and you can get it on the shop page.

If you would like to practice the chords and picking pattern demonstrated in this video, then try playing them along with my Maid Behind The Bar playalong video, available here.

If you have short nails and would like to learn this pattern, I recommend these plastic finger picks from Stagg! They are only a fiver and work pretty well for this style of picking (maybe leave the thumb pick off). This is an affiliate link so I receive a small commission if you buy through it.

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