How to Play an Intermediate Fingerpicking Pattern with a String Slap

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Guitarist and composer Chris Woods demonstrates an intermediate fingerpicking pattern featuring four simple chords and a string slap technique. Chris of ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’ recommends starting slow and eventually building speed to ultimately give you the detail and precision you need in your playing.


Chris uses a Martin 000×1 with a mimesis kudos pickup always strung with Elixir® Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Strings with NANOWEB® Coating, Light/Medium Gauge.

“I have rehearsed for countless hours to ensure consistency in my playing, in fact it’s the main focus for most musicians. We want our playing to be consistent, we expect our instrument to be consistent. We should expect the same from the one thing that bridges the gap between the two. Elixir Strings do that. They feel and sound consistently great. I’m not sure what players would do without them.”
 – Chris Woods

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