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Feel The Strings Part II

Josh Graves (2401) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 80
Pages: 1 2 3

These exercises are an amendment to Feel the Strings Part I. They are similar, but for the most part new and more difficult. Explore Part I before looking at these, then use a combination of whatever exercises work best for you.

For this lesson, fingers will be represented as such:

Fretting hand:
index=1
middle=2
ring=3
pinky=4

Picking hand:
index=i
middle=m
ring=r

I like to start with something simple and slow to get the blood flowing. Chromatic steps using every fretting finger and alternating i and m with the right hand. One little twist I like to throw in, to stretch out those fingers a little, is to pull a small bend and release on each note. I bend the lower three strings down and the higher three strings up. Nothing more than a quarter bend or less. The sequence below should give you an idea of how it will sound. The bends are notated as half step, that's all the composer can handle, and I stop the bends after two measures (that's all I could handle). I'm sure you'll get the idea.

I continue in this manner all the way up to the twelfth fret and back down, bending every note. Be sure to alternate between i and m every note, especially when shifting from one string to another. Here's the scale chart (like you need it):

Chromatic steps
Feel The Strings Part II