4-finger picking

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by The_Pope, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. Greetings forum! i was recommended to this site from another forum when i asked if anyone could recommend me to some 4-finger picking exercises. I can play pretty quick with my index and middle fingers but i cant quite pound out the 64th notes like Jaco or Myung, so could someone help me out here?
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I can't give you any excercises, but I can tell you that Jaco played with strictly two fingers.

  3. Byron Santo

    Byron Santo ByronSanto.com

    Jul 8, 2003
    New Orleans, LA USA
    Start these 4 finger patterns on one string. Then, when somewhat developed, start skipping strings. Play each 4 finger pattern per string for starters. Once the fingers are developed then you can start playing using a pattern to play over multiple strings.

    1/16 or 1/32 note patterns

    1/16 note triplet patterns

    To help develop a&c fingers you can also try these finger patterns


    Try doing 1/4 or 1/8 notes on one string.

    Also check out my free lesson on Truefire.com on resistive practicing. This approach can really speed up you development.


    Hope this Helps,
  4. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Do you mean picking with thumb,index,middle,ring or index,middle,ring,pinky?
  5. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I have been studying with Matt Garrison and he has the 4-finger thing down cold. He also has a book coming out sometime in the fall that completely covers the 4-finger technique.
    He showed it to me and I must say, it looks pretty in-depth. Check his site for updates.

    His technique seems to generally (but not all the time) involve:

    Thumb-1st-2nd-3rd then repeat

    Hope this helpswww.garrisonjazz.com