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Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques Program. How to use least amount of energy to get maximum attack.

Are you ready for the challenge and build your playing muscles to the next level? New great program, Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques Program starts very soon. 

At the members area you can now check out some preparation videos which will help you to get most of the workouts.

Here is one of the videos showing you how to get most attack with least amount of energy. This is important when you want to play guitar with ease. First workouts will develop this ability.

Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques Program.


Get your fingerstyle guitar technique training to the right direction with this unique 15 weeks and 75 workouts online learning program. This program is suitable from beginners to more advanced players. Tomi will also be available for private support and guidance during the 15 weeks period with additional video material depending on the group members needs. Learn all the important good practicing habits and techniques with minimal time. Seats are limited for each group. Sign up today by CLICKING HERE to the next group and build your skills to totally new level.

Techniques included to the 75 workouts:

- Left and right hand detailed development (strength, speed, attack and how to build a clean sound)

- Left and right hand muting techniques for melodies and chords

- Rasquedos

- Arpeggios

- Scales

- Banjo rolls

- Slap techniques

- Chord playing with rhythms

- Beat Tap

- Thumbstyle

- Harmonics

- Legatos

- Walking basslines

- Melody, bass and chord separation

Main target of this program is to build a strong and dynamic foundation for your playing technique. Play with minimal stress, difficulty and effort.


Play What You Hear Program Review By Nicole from Malaysia



I am a self taught guitarist in Malaysia, I play guitar for my singing accompaniment. Before joining aftertabs, I play guitar by checking out the chords of my favourite songs online. I mostly play open chord root position and with a capo. Thus, it sounds very plain and boring.
If there were some special chords in that song, I will google out online and try to learn the chord shape, but as soon as I play it on that day, I will forget it the next day and need to refer back again and again.
I never learnt to maximise the use of the whole fretboard, will feel panic and lost if I encounter some special chords like C#m, Fsus4, Cadd9, Am/G. The usual chord I play is C, G, F, D, Am...and others with capo..
This course has been an eye opening process to me. It helps me understand how the fretboard works, I can recognise the notes easier now by introducing  intervals on the fretboard.
It became more exciting when Tomi taught us about CAGED system. 
With CAGED system it is so much easier to create a chord, wherever we want on the fretboard! Everything now  make sense and more systematic.
Later on,Tomi taught us to HEAR and FEEL music, chords progression and others.
In one session, Tomi also hummed a "lame" melody made by a young child and how he immediately composed an arrangement to it and make it sound so incredibly good!
Chord progression and arrangement knowledge can really make a difference to a song!
After this 15 weeks, I am amazed how much quicker and easier for me to learn one new song. And now I not playing with just following the chords and what tabs told me to do, but try to analyse more for the chord shape, and the arrangement. My playing now is not so boring now and I can even play melody line with accompaniment!
Although 15 weeks is short, I feel I have learnt a lot of things, and Tomi had implanted some special "musical seed" in everyone of us, through time it will germinate and grow bigger and stronger when we continue playing guitar, we will be reminded of his theory and become better! 
As now i am busy with other things i still keep my practise using the precious i learned from Tomi.Will join one of his future classes again...Kudos to Tomi and keep up the good work cause now you have me as your fan and friend for life : )
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Pattern Toolbox Program - FREE LESSON

Hello all acoustic guitarists. This is a sample workout from 15 weeks Pattern Toolbox Program taught by Tomi Paldanius. 


Pattern Toolbox Program will develop your ability to play, understand, sign and hear the most famous bass and chord patterns in western popular music.  Here are 5 important things you will learn in next 15 weeks:

- Develop your music theory skills and understanding how music is composed

- Know your fretboard better

- Start hearing or/and singing music instead of playing it mechanically

- End the period of playing individiual chords after each other. Play patterns instead which will help you to memorize songs much faster.

- Develop your playing technique by doing the workouts everyday. Only 10 minutes proper exercise every day will make big difference.

New pattern lessons will be available every Sunday. Weekdays are workout days where you will build up your abilities together with Tomi. You can also do the first workout by scrolling down all the way to the end of this lesson. That is the Monday workout which will be at the members area on Monday some time depending where you live. New workout will be at the website every weekday Monday to Friday. 

Tomi is available for personal help during the course. You can send him videos of your playing or questions and Tomi will reply you back usually in 1-2 days.Please check the first lesson and workout below and hope to see you at the next Pattern Toolbox  Program. You can join the program by clicking here! You will get access to all material even after the program has ended.



To understand patterns it is very important to understand how major scale works. "Down The Line In Major" is a great way to start learning patterns with all 3 dimensions.

1. Play exercises and chord fingerings mechanically.

2. Understand the theory behind each pattern. For example what degree chords we are using and how we can use chord inversions.

3. Learn to listen and sing patterns.

Down the line in Major - Bassline

For example in the key of C you need to know what is C major scale down. 

C - B - A - G - F - E - D - C

Play that scale as a bassline starting from 5th string 3rd fret. You will get all the way to the 6th string open until you run out of possible notes. At this point you can take the D note from 5th string 5th fret (or 4th string open) and to make the bassline natural sounding, end it with the dominant note which is the fifth interval from C = G. You will have total of 8 notes for the down the line in C major and that will be your first circulating/repeating bass pattern you learn.

II: C - B - A - G - F - E - D - G :II

Take the above bassline as your foundation for complete down the line movement. Things can and will be little different when you get more familiar with this pattern and its possible variations. But at the end there is not too many great ones. Just build your foundation strong and experience will tell you what kind of major down the line movements there really is.

Rules for the Down The Line in Major?

Down the Line movement is atleast 3 note downwards bass movement which in this case use the major scale. Just the notes C - B is not considered as a down the line but it is rare to have C to B bassline which does not go to A. You need C - B - A and you can call the pattern = Down The Line in C Major. You can also have chromatic Down The Line in Major where you use b7 bass note but we look that more later.

Chords used with Down The Line in Major

Bassline is simple to understand but when it is time to colorize the pattern with chords, things get little more exciting. From the image below you can see what are the chords used in Down The Line in C Major and most common substituting chords.

1. First 3 chords in Down The Line in Major are always ROOT - 5th chords third inversion - RELATIVE MINOR

2. 4th chord can be either 5th chord again without inversion or ROOT chords fifth inversion.

3. 5th chord is always 4th degree chord.

4. 6th chord can be the 3rd degree chord or ROOT chords third inversion.

5. 7th chord is always (almost) 2nd degree chord.

Learn to understand these diagrams together with the video material for maximum benefit of this course but try to get rid of all written material as soon as possible.

For chord fingerings, try to avoid freezing your hand to certaing block chords. Keep the bassline clear and when playing chord notes try to make the highest note move in a logical and good sounding way.

Down The Line in C major - Chromatic Approach

Down The Line in D-Major

Down The Line in E-Major

Down The Line in B-Major

Down The Line in A-Major

Getting ready for the weekday workouts?

Please check out below video first and see you tomorrow for the first workout. Next Sunday you will learn a new  pattern and get access 5 new weekday patterns from Monday to Friday. If you have any questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pattern Toolbox Program - Workout 01


Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques Program - FREE LESSON

Hello all acoustic guitarists. This is a sample workout from 15 weeks and 75 workout Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques Program taught by Tomi Paldanius. 

Program structure and goal

First half of the program will develop your abilities for stronger attack, wider dynamic range, and better accuracy. These exercise are important if you want to get your unsecure picking to the high level.  Fingerstyle guitar is mainly fingerpicking and it is important to build the foundation strong for many fingering combinations both right and left hand. Program will cover horizontal and vertical scales, chords, spiders, hammer ons and pull offs, arpeggios and many more important aspects of fingerstyle guitar. We do some special techniques also like Slap Thumb.

At the second half of the program you will learn more how to put the important skills you learned earlier to the practical context. How to play musical lines and phrases from songs with confidence and musical way. Goal is to sound like the world's top players do with great attack and tone you learned earlier.

Please check the first introduction video and workout below and hope to see you at the next Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques Program. You can join the program by clicking here!

Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques Program - Workout 01

Each workout article has 2 videos. Later during the program there will be also notation charts. First video is a preparation/introduction video and second video is the actual workout. You can practice with the rhythm track only if you have a possiblity to balance your audio to only left or right channel. You can also workout with metronome or drum machine. Please feel free anytime to send Tomi a video of your playing/progress for personal guidance. 

At the beginning it is important to build your attack to the instrument with basic alternating picking. More wider is the dynamic range, more musical your playing will sound. We also go for the accuracy, cleaner picking and more careful listening. These exercises are extremely important even they might sounds very simple. 

The workout video below is little longer than 15 minutes but try to keep going until the finish.

Ready to start? Click here to join and get immediate access to preparation videos, which will give you some great tips how to get most of the Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques Program.

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