After watching Shane's excellent how to video part 4 I am able to get the basic finger picking pattern he demonstrated. Now I would like to move around a 12 bar blues progression. What is the fretting hand doing for the I, IV and V chord? Is it simply barring the IV and V chord and using the same picking pattern? Just looking for some different approaches. This would be a great part 5 Shane ?

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I really only barre at the 5th at 7th frets, but wish I knew more as well.

To be able to better answer your question, what are you tuned to? My CBG is tuned GDg and I will look up some chords and post them. I should really know the answer to your question; thanks, now I am inspired to find the answer.

I've noticed that while people are more than willing to share build knowledge, they are generally pretty stingy with sharing playing/technical music knowledge. I've posted a few times about what people use for turnarounds and no one has replied. All to say: don't be surprised if you don't get much response.

I hope I'm proved wrong.
Barring the chords and using the same picking pattern is one way to do it. Or you could play around with some of the notes in the chord... like, when barring at the fifth fret, you can go up and hit the 8th fret on the top string, or the 3rd fret and slide back up to the 5th. The same intervals will work on the 7th fret, too (the 5th and 10th frets will be in that chord). That's just kinda some of the stuff I do when I'm doing a 12-bar... let me know if that didn't make sense, or you want me to elaborate.

As far as picking patterns are concerned, do whatever works. I wish I could say my right hand is very disciplined, but it's not. I just kinda pick around, and hit whichever strings sound good, ya know? Luckily, I've only got three strings to pick from (pun intended) instead of 6! :-)
Yes, if your guitar/CBG etc. is tuned to an open chord, then going up to the 5th and 7th frets and barring (or using a slide) will get you the IV and V chords. For a turnaround you could go up the V chord again.

On a fretless, I'm finding a better sound by depressing the strings with three fingers (one finger per string) instead of barring with one.

Weizel, I don't think anyone here is stingy, most of us (ok, maybe just me) can't play for sh@t so we have no business sharing that information. I can play a band saw, table saw, electric drill and a hammer. I have been known to get a tune out of a hot glue gun. If you need help with those, I'm here....
I agree with all the above but let me add that you can use (a) the slide to play individual strings or notes too. Since you want to do fingerpicking, this is an excellent opportunity to use those fingers on the strings where you want the notes to occur. I play slide a lot. I tune to open D or open D7 and I usually "fret" the 1st 2nd and 4th strings depending on what I'm doing or what I need to play (sometimes the 3rd). I also barre the strings. 3rd 5th and 7th are faves tho you can barre the 1st, 6th and 8th if you wanna (figure that one out, he he )... and by no means am I some hot-shot player. just experimental.

Here's something cool to do -- try tapping the lid with your little finger in rhythm while picking. Not hard, just practice. Makes a cool beat while you playing.

I know, many people here are builders and I shouldn't complain. I'd just be nice if some of those who do have the skills would clue us green horns in a bit, especially when we ask for a little help.

In the text file is a turn around I use - I'm interested in other ideas for turnarounds if anyone would like to share :)
Also, are fingerings for G, I'll post for C and D when I have some time (heading off to Seattle for a long weekend).

Good luck,
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