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Finger Exercises 4-3-1
Use alternate picking, make sure every other string starts with a down stroke. Down, up, down. Up, down, up.
Make each note ring for its full duration do not cut the notes short.
Your goal here is to make the notes sound seamless, pick each note at the exact time that you’re fretting it.
Guitar Finger Exercise 4 3 1 helps you build coordination between the picking and fretting hands. This exercise covers from the twelfth fret all the way to the first fret on all the strings.
Begin on the first string (the thinnest string) with the fourth finger, on the twelfth fret. Then play the eleventh fret, then and the ninth. Do the same 4 3 1 pattern on the second, third, fourth, fifth, and then the sixth string.
Once you reach the ninth fret on the sixth string, shift your first finger down to the eight fret, and switch to a 1 3 4 pattern. Work your way up each string till you get to the first string again. Once you are at the first string, slide your fourth finger to the tenth fret on the first string, and start the sequence all over.
Playing all the notes on each area of the neck is going to help you get comfortable with the changes in the spacing between the frets on the different parts of the neck. Also, practicing three note per string patterns is really great to develop your technique for most scale patterns.
Once you make it to the first fret on the sixth string, slide our first finger to the second fret on the sixth string, and continue the same pattern up the neck of the guitar. This time instead of shifting down a fret each time, shift up a fret. This will gradually get you back to the twelfth fret where you started.
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