Hey everybody, how is it going? This is Darrin Goodman with guitarcontrol.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you how to play two cool finger picking riffs. They’re really easy to play but they sound really nice and stuff. So if you’re new to guitar and new to finger picking and stuff these should be fairly easy for you to pick up and they sound really, really nice. One of the things that’s cool about finger picking stuff is a lot of times that it sounds and looks more difficult than it actually is. So you can play these and impress your friends and stuff.
So, let’s get close up and take a look at what we got going on here. All right. So the first one we’re going to look at is Coldest Winters Night by Camelot. So, if you’re looking on your tabs you can see the names of these cords. You’ve got C major seven over A, C major seven over A flat, C major seven over G. I mean they sound like they’re complicated but it’s actually really simple. So first off we’re just going to put our third finger onto the seventh fret of the fourth string and our first finger onto the fifth fret of the third string and play strings one and two open. So that’s C major seven over A. So for the picking on this I’m using my thumb on the fourth string, my first finger on the third string, my second finger on the second string, and my third finger on the first string. So it’s P-I-M-I-A-I-M-I. So thumb first, second, first, third, first, second, first, and I’m referring to which fingers I’m picking with. Just like that.
Then the next measure says C major seven over A flat. So all we do is we’re just going to take that note on the seventh fret of the fourth string and move it to the sixth. So, instead of your third finger playing it now it’ll be your second finger playing it. The other one stayed the same, same picking pattern. So, so far. Then the next one says C major seven over G. So if you haven’t already guessed it the same thing. We’re going to move this note on the fourth string from the sixth to the fifth fret. But in this case what we’re going to want to do is move that down but use our third finger to pick up the fifth fret of the third string and I’ll show you why here in just a second. Now the next one is C major seven over F. So, what we’re going to do is we’re going to move from the fifth fret to the third fret. And this is why we wanted to have this finger here so we can just reach up, same picking pattern. So the whole sequence.
All right. So, next we’ve got God Bless the Children of the Beast by Motley Crue. So, this is just a little short instrumental piece that was on their second album and there’s a bunch of soloing and stuff that goes on over the top of this. But if you just play just what’s going on in the background that sounds really nice. So this one starts off exactly the same as the previous one, the same chord. So we’re on the fifth fret of the third string with your first finger and the seventh fret of the fourth string with your third finger. And the picking pattern is exactly the same. So thumb first, second, first, third, first, second, first P-I-M-I-A-I-M-I. We have two measures of that.
Then the next chord we have on measure three is E minor over G. So it’s really simple. We’re just going to take our third finger and move it from the seventh fret to the fifth and then put our second finger down on the fourth fret of the third string. So you could also do that. You could, and then slide your first finger down one fret and then bring your second finger up. Whichever way is more comfortable for you. Two measures of that same picking pattern. And then, we just take that shape and we slide it down another whole step. So, now our second finger is on the third fret of the fourth string. The first fingers on the second fret of the third string. Two measures. Now we slide that down one fret, half steps. Now we’re on the second fret of the fourth string and the first fret of the third string.
So this one’s a little different. We do one major of the same. Then we go thumb first, second first, and we move up so our first fingers on the fourth fret of the third string and our third finger is on the sixth fret of the fourth string. And again thumb first, second, first. So, it starts over again. And it just keeps repeating like that over and over again. It’s like I said there’s some soloing and stuff that’s going on over the top of it. So this would be a cool one. You could loop that part and then just improvise over the top of it.
But I just thought these are both really easy ones to play and it’s just cool how it’s just those same chords in both of them in virtually the same picking pattern. All right. So, that’s all I got for you today. If you enjoyed this lesson give me a thumbs up, leave a comment down below. If there’s something you’d like to see, either myself or one of the other instructors at guitarcontrol.com do in a future lesson. Be sure to subscribe to the channel. And until next time.