PATTERN 5 FOLKY FINGERSTYLE
To learn the style of Paul Simon, Ralph McTell, James Taylor this pattern is pretty much the meat and potatoes. Often incorrectly termed ‘clawhammer’ (which, is infact, a banjo technique involving only downstrokes), the style is more akin to Travis picking. Make sure the first, second and third fingers are assigned to the third, second and first strings respectively and keep a close eye on your ‘rhythm guy’: your thumb must maintain its metronomic duty on the bass notes.
Example 5: A folky chord pattern in Streets Of london vein. Try alternating the bass notes between the fifth and sixth strings, to take the pattern further.