Picking Patterns

Here are some picking patterns (arpeggios) that you can use to add more to songs.

Pick the strings in the order shown while holding a chord (A string = 1, E string = 2, C string = 3, and G string = 4).

  • 4 2 3 1 (repeat as needed)
  • 1 2 3 1 2 4 (repeat as needed) Used in: Herb Ohta Jr.’s version of Europa and Jake Shimabukuro’s version of While my Guitar Gently Weeps
  • 3 2 4 1 4 2 (repeat as needed)