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The Four Finger Exercise

John Myers (8868) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3

This exercise was taught to me by my first guitar instructor, Mr. Don Harris. In fact, it was the very first thing he taught me. It is a great way for the beginning guitarist to begin getting comfortable with fingering on the fretboard. It is also a great way to warm up before you start playing for guitar players of all levels of experience. I have tried to remember to do it every time before I play my guitar because I have always found that I've done a little bit better when I do it before I play.

For people who haven't had much experience with guitars, we'll going to go over a few things so that the next few pages can be devoted just to the exercise. We're going to refer to the fingers of your fretting hand (your left hand) by number. Your index finger is number 1, the middle finger number 2, the ring finger 3, and your pinky is 4. I'm sorry if I was a little too basic for you. I just wanted to avoid any confusion for any newcomer to guitar playing. Let's get right into the exercise.