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Finger Exercises

Michael Drake (33) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 80
Pages: 1

1. Start with a slow tempo, metronome use is critical.

2. Alternate pick the 1st string double time, so that you match the metronome beat.

3. Start your hand at the top of the neck, your four fingers aligned with the first four frets.

4. Finger the first note on the fourth fret with your pinky on the downpick, and play an open string on the uppick (second note).

5. Finger the third note with your ring finger on the third fret on the downpick, and play an open string on the uppick.

6. Finger the fifth note with your second finger on the second fret on the downpick, and play an open string on the uppick.

7. Finger the seventh note with your first finger on the first fret on the downpick, and play an open string on the uppick.

8. Repeat steps 4-7.

You have completed the basic exercise form.

9. Repeat steps 4-8 on the second through sixth strings.

10. Go backwards starting on the sixth string to the first.

11. Move up one fret and perform the exercise again.

To maximize your exercise, start on the first string/first fret, play to the sixth string (as in steps 4-9), then move up a fret and go from the sixth string to the first string, then move up a fret and go from the first string to the sixth string....all the way up the neck. Then start at the bottom of the neck and do the whole exercise backwards. Do the neck up and down at one tempo, then increase the tempo one click, and do up and down the neck again.

I have a friend that used to be able to do this exercise up to tempo 140. I only went to 126. He was able to pick all of his notes when he played a lead solo. I was more of a pull-off guy...