Overall Rating: 4.3 (of 5)
All In One Excercise
This excercise was written to improve a guitarist's overall technique. It uses the chromatic scale, one of the more difficult scales to play, and requires the uses of all four fingers thus working out the finger strength and coordination. The way that the scale is arranged forces the guitarist to have to constantly shift positions while retaining an even tempo, use of a metronome is suggested. Not only is this a freting hand excercise it is also a picking hand excercise. It works out the alternate picking technique quite well and is a most excellent legato/sweep excercise. When playing it legato, I pick every string once using hammer-ons when going up and pull-offs when decending. I practice this using hammer-ons and pull-offs very often and have developed over time a very fluid sweep, a Randy Rhoads-esque fluidity.