L8: PIMA Patterns

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • String numbers: A=1, E=2, C=3 & G=4
  • Right hand finger lettering: P=Thumb, I=Index, M=Middle & A=Ring
  • Many patterns of this section require four fingers to play smoothly. You’ll assign each to a seperate string. P for string 4, I for 3, M for 2 and A for 1.
  • On some patterns you may be able to use an alternating P between strings 3 and 4, while the I and M handle strings 2 & 1.

CHALLENGE

Earn your Fingerstyle Level 8 patch by demonstrating two of the following fingerstyle patterns (each from a different grouping). 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.

3/4 and 6/8 PIMA Patterns

1 2 3 4 3 2
3 2 1 4 1 2
3 2 1 4 2 1
4 – 1 3 2 1
4 – 3 1 2 1
4 2 1 3 2 1
4 2 3 1 4 2
4 3 2 1 2 3

4/4 PIMA Patterns

2 3 2 4 1 4 2 3
3 – 2 1 4 – 2 1
3 1 4 2 1 4 2 1
3 2 1 2 4 2 1 2
3 2 1 4 1 2 3 1
4 – 2 1 3 – 2 1
4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3
4 2 1 2 3 2 1 2
4 2 1 3 2 1 3 1
4 2 3 1 – – 2 –
4 2 3 1 – 2 3 –
4 3 2 1 – 2 3 –