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Feel the Strings
Two more exercises that get a little more complicated for the right hand, as well as throw in a little one fret slide for the 1 and 4 fingers of the left hand. For the first exercise the 1, 2, and 4 fingers fret and slide where indicated. The slide is really there to keep the right hand flowing. With fingerstyle guitar, often more so than with a pick, slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs are required to keep a fast lick sounding smooth.
The right hand in both of these exercises uses the same technique, one which can be extremely useful and effective in steel string fingerstyle guitar. The m plays the first note, the i plays the second, and the T plays the third when going up the strings. When you reach the fourth fret with the 4 finger on the first string, pluck it with the T and slide it up one fret as indicated. Use m and i for the next two descending notes. Now the pattern is T for the first note, m for the second, and i for the third (the fifth fret on the first string was sounded with the slide and the T does not strike again until the second string). When you get to the 2nd fret, 6th string, you slide up to sound the first note, use m to sound the second note and T for the third.
Continue this process up to the twelfth fret and back down. On the next page I show exactly how to work the pattern back down when you reach the twelfth fret, as well as discuss the second part of this exercise.