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Finger Exercises 1-2-3-4
Make each note sound as long as possible. Don’t cut the notes short.
Use alternate picking, starting on a down stroke.
If you are new to the idea of finger exercises, this one is a good place to begin. You’re starting on the first fret on the first string here. Play the first fret with your first finger, the second fret with your second finger, third fret third finger, and fourth fret, fourth finger. Do this pattern on each string down to the sixth string, and all the way back up to the first string.
When you get to the fourth fret on the first string, reverse the pattern by playing down the fourth fret, third fret, second fret, and first fret. This pattern you also want to repeat all the way down to the sixth string and back up to the first string.
There are a few things that you’re working on when practicing an exercise like this. You’re building coordination between the picking and fretting hand. You’re also trying to get from note to note smoothly. And, you’re doing all of this in time.
These types of patterns are to help you build and maintain good technique. They are great for warming up at the start of your practice session, or gig. They are also good for helping you build speed. You will notice that in the finger exercises section, the patterns to get gradually more difficult.
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