Less Boring Ways To Practice Fingering

author: tarrei date: 12/10/2010 category: for beginners
rating: 8.6 / votes: 45 
A note before beginning: Start SLOW! Your brain will memorize the motion way better if you play it slowly first. This will make your playing more satisfying as it will sound better, and that's what we all aim for, right? 2. Finger independence, changing strings, alternate picking Basic Rule for the following examples is: keep in the fingerset. The lowest fret in each example will be played by your index finger and so on. So I more or less by accident played a pretty nice lick for this. It is in E minor. You only need the d, g and b string for this one
e||---------------------------||
b||----------10---------------||
g||-9-11-12----12-11-9-11---||  <-- this means repeat
d||-------------------------||
a||---------------------------||
e||---------------------------||
So repeat this over and over again. It's quite hard to manage the middle and ring finger not getting mixed up, huh? Well, just keep it slow at first and you'll learn this one in no time. Now we have the same pattern just with the ring finger on the other string. And as we want to stay in key we move down (tonewise) So you'll get this:
e||---------------------------||
b||---------------------------||
g||---------11--------------||
d||-9-10-12----12-10-9-10---||
a||---------------------------||
e||---------------------------||
This again needs some getting used to. If you can play both of them seperately, piece the two together. Play the first one twice and the second one twice and then start over. The quick change of the two patterns will stick the thing up a notch. Push these patterns around the fretboard and you'll get some interesting melodies. I'll give you a few more examples of what you could do: E-minor lick:
e||------------------------||
b||------------------------||
g||------12-11-9-11----9-||
d||-9-10------------12---||
a||------------------------||
e||------------------------||
A (very) little E minor blues fill:
e|----------------|  / ------------ \
b|--------8-10----| |  --10b11r-8--  | could continue like this.
g|----7-9---------| |  ------------  |
a|----------------|  \ ------------ /
Another blues thing, just flip around the strings and rhythm:
b|-------------------------|
g|--11-10-8---8-10-8-10----| 
d|----------9--------------|
a|-------------------------|
A crazy example that sounds really proggy/jazzy/wierd :
e|------10----------12-10----|
b|------------11-12-------11-|
g|----9----12----------------|
I can't play this one very fast myself, it's just here to show you what you can do with some very simple "finger seperation" exercise. So you can do a heap of things with these little patterns. Just play around. Why not skip a string? Why not put a hammer-on or pull-off somewhere in there? You could play it in a 3/4 beat so there will not be this repetition at the end of the pattern. The first one in 3/4:
b|-----------10---------|
g|---9-11-12----12-11---|
Many opportunities lie before you :) You can also (I mean aditionally!) play guitar hero - sounds wierd, but believe me, it is good finger training, espacially on Expert Well, I hope you enjoyed this and it helped you get better. Of course all these things are easily played with alternate picking. May the force be with you T
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