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Old 02-20-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Alternate picking sync inquiry

Just wondering, Ive been playing alernate picking exercises for helping to sync wm hands, Ive been playing licks like -----5-8-5-7-8-7-5-- etc.
For helping sync my hands should I plant my index on the five (in this example)? Or remove it everytime, would that be more beneficial for this type of exercise?
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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For syncing your hands I'd recommend doing chromatic stuff like 1-2-3-4 and try to mix that pattern up as much as possible. Like 1-4-2-3, 1-3-2-4, 3-2-4-1, etcetera.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:51 PM   #3
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1-3-2-4, 3-2-4-1, etcetera.

The order that the fingers move are exactly the same with these two. so dexterity wise, it doesn't do much, apart from placing the the beat on the 3rd finger instead of the 1st finger.
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For syncing your hands I'd recommend doing chromatic stuff like 1-2-3-4 and try to mix that pattern up as much as possible. Like 1-4-2-3, 1-3-2-4, 3-2-4-1, etcetera.

Totally!

I did this to accomplish two things cordenation and dexterity. Start first finger first fret Low E and 2nd finger 2nd fret. Start with a down pick on the first note and up stroke the 2nd note and cont to the A string etc. Once you are comfortable doing this than the do the first finger but move to your 3rd finger and do the samething. Then your pinky.

And once you do this your hands are warmed up. And you'll be ready to rock.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
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The order that the fingers move are exactly the same with these two. so dexterity wise, it doesn't do much, apart from placing the the beat on the 3rd finger instead of the 1st finger.


Well, I wouldn't recommend doing a 5-8 stretch with your 2nd finger on the 5th fret and your pinky on the 8th.
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Well, I wouldn't recommend doing a 5-8 stretch with your 2nd finger on the 5th fret and your pinky on the 8th.

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Old 02-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #7
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Just wondering, Ive been playing alernate picking exercises for helping to sync wm hands, Ive been playing licks like -----5-8-5-7-8-7-5-- etc.
For helping sync my hands should I plant my index on the five (in this example)? Or remove it everytime, would that be more beneficial for this type of exercise?

There shouldn't be a build up of too much tension, so do what is comfortable.

However, don't forcefully lift up the index finger, just relax your hand and you'll see how the finger just releases from the neck gently.
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Well, I wouldn't recommend doing a 5-8 stretch with your 2nd finger on the 5th fret and your pinky on the 8th.

Well that's just silly now isn't it.
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Well that's just silly now isn't it.


I thought that's what he was asking


But if it's purely about finger relaxation:

-relax your finger after you've fretted a note
-try to keep your fingers as close to the fretboard as possible
-stay relaxed and stay away from tension.
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I thought that's what he was asking


But if it's purely about finger relaxation:

-relax your finger after you've fretted a note
-try to keep your fingers as close to the fretboard as possible
-stay relaxed and stay away from tension.


Noooooooo! Don't try! Effort leads to tension in that area, trust me! The absolute key is to maintain as much relaxation as possible. If you're always as relaxed as possible your fingers all return to a neutral position, very close to the fretboard, automatically. Seriously, forcing your fingers close to the fretboard is a bad idea.
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Noooooooo! Don't try! Effort leads to tension in that area, trust me! The absolute key is to maintain as much relaxation as possible. If you're always as relaxed as possible your fingers all return to a neutral position, very close to the fretboard, automatically. Seriously, forcing your fingers close to the fretboard is a bad idea.


As long as he follows my 3rd point of advice there is no harm done. You still have a valid point tho.
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