L3: Circular IP Patterns


  • String numbers: A=1, E=2, C=3 & G=4
  • Right hand finger lettering: P=Thumb & I=Index
  • Each of the fingerstyle patterns below is performed with an alternating thumb and index motion in either an I P or P I pattern.
  • Each of these patterns travels away from the starting string and loops around to come back to it.


Earn your Fingerstyle Level 3 patch by demonstrating two of the following fingerstyle patterns (these patterns work well in both 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures). You may use a song or songs you are working on to demonstrate the patterns, or one of the chord sequences you’ve learned so far. Demonstrated patterns should keep a consitent beat with no noticeable pauses between chords. Patterns may be played straight or swung.

3 2 4 1 4 2 (Circular Bottom Top Back)
1 4 2 3 2 4 (Circular Top Bottom Back)
3 1 4 2 4 1 (Leap Up)
1 3 2 4 2 3 (Leap Down)