Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer IV

author: Wankysweater date: 02/14/2011 category: for beginners
rating: 9.4 / votes: 7 
Welcome back sport! You probably ignored my pleas to shut up about the indentations in your fingers, but hopefully you learned something. Sissy. It's time to condition your fingers so you develop finger strength and independence. This will probably be ultra frustrating at first, but stick with it because the rewards will pay off. Don't expect to be blazing up and down the fret board immediately, Yngwie. This will come with time and correct practice. Be patient with these exercises and focus on each note be articulated clearly, not on speed. Lets start by allocating one finger to every fret. Index finger for the 5th fret, middle finger for the 6th fret, ring finger for the 7th fret, and your pinky for the 8th fret. Additionally, when you pick through these exercises, start with a down stroke, followed by an up stroke, then a down stroke and finally an up stroke. This down up down up style of picking is called Alternate Picking. Try this:
e|---------|
b|---------| 
g|---------| 
d|---------| 
a|---------|
E|-5-6-7-8-|
Now try this:
e|----------------|
b|----------------| 
g|----------------| Repeat
d|----------------| 
a|----------------|
E|-5-6-7-8-8-7-6-5|
Now try it on all strings:
e|-----------------------------------------5-6-7-8-|
b|---------------------------------5-6-7-8---------| 
g|-------------------------5-6-7-8-----------------| Repeat
d|-----------------5-6-7-8-------------------------| 
a|---------5-6-7-8---------------------------------|
E|-5-6-7-8-----------------------------------------|
Then link the following with the above:
e|-8-7-6-5-----------------------------------------|
b|---------8-7-6-5---------------------------------| 
g|-----------------8-7-6-5-------------------------| Repeat
d|-------------------------8-7-6-5-----------------| 
a|---------------------------------8-7-6-5---------|
E|-----------------------------------------8-7-6-5-|
The above is an excellent way to warm up your hands before you start playing. I recommend practicing it for about 2 minutes (minimum) every time you pick up your axe. Look at you now Rock Star! Good job. You know what? I was going to end the lesson right here but since you are progressing so quickly, I will show you your first scale. The following is the Major scale. It should sound familiar since the vast majority of songs you have ever heard are based on it. Once again, ensure you allocate one finger to a fret, and use Alternate Picking. In case you were wondering, you fret the first note with your middle finger. Oh yea, it's the key of A Major by the way.
e|---------------------------4-5-|
b|-----------------------5-7-----| 
g|-----------------4-6-7---------| 
d|-----------4-6-7---------------| 
a|-----4-5-7---------------------|
E|-5-7---------------------------|
Ok noob, keep practicing these exercises forward and backward, and learn some new songs. If the exercises are boring and make you want to put the guitar down, then do something else. It's as simple as that. Keep yourself inspired. Until next time my axe slinging brothers
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