Finger Stretch

author: UG Team date: 07/31/2003 category: the basics
rating: 6.1 / votes: 15 
Tab Notation 15(14) Hammer off ... Very subtle... Adds a nice sound to the first tune. Just release a finger. /---\ Above the staff.. means to bend up a whole note, hold, then release. /-- Above the staff.. Bend up a whole note / or \ whithin the staff. Slide up or down /\ Hammer off When I originally wrote this, I separated it into measures. I found that for computer generation, since there is a limited amount of notes than can fit on one line, it was becoming a bit of a hassle. I only put in measure lines where I thought there was some kind of interesting change in the music. This first riff has its base from a Phish tune called David Bowie. The solo has been modified. I find this to be an excellent riff to combine picking speed with left-hand coordination. The subtle switches in chord forms make for a real nice sound, as well as provide a good exercise in dexterity. You should try placing your fingers on the fretboard as follows: ------ During the riff. you will raise your second finger to make a ||||11 nice change. ||||2| |||||| ------ |||||3 ||||||
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         /\               /\          /\          /\
|--17--17--14-------17--17--14------17--14------17--14------|        
|--------------15---------------15----------15----------15--|        
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|.----------------------------------------------------------|        
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    /\                  /\              /\          /\
|-17--14------|---17--17--14------17--17--14------17--14----|
|---------15--(14)------------14--------------14----------14|
|-------------|---------------------------------------------|
|-------------|---------------------------------------------|
|-------------|---------------------------------------------|
|-------------|---------------------------------------------|

     /\          /\                /\              /\ 
|--17--14------17--14------|19--19--16------19--19--16------|
|----------14----------14--|------------17--------------17--|
|--------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------------|


        /\          /\                    /\             
|-----19--16------19--16-----|------19--19--16------19----|
|-------------17----------17-|-(16)-------------16--------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|

        /\          /\          /\          /\       
|-----19--16------19--16------19--16------19--16----------|
|-------------16----------16----------16----------16------|
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          /\                      /\            
|---15--15--12------15--15-/17--17--14------17--17------|
|---------------13----------------------15--------------|
|.------------------------------------------------------|
|.------------------------------------------------------|
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    /\          /\          /\          /\
|-19--16------19--16------19--16------19--16---------------|
|---------17----------17----------17----------17-----------|
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This popular riff is one that you may recognize as "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. I'm not sure if it follows exactly the same pattern of changes as the song, as I have not heard it for a while, but you can always change the pattern of changes to your taste, as I often do. This riff is one that will build up strength in your fingers. It has some tough reaches and can be agonizing for the beginner. If this is the case, then this riff is perfect for you. The first few times playing the riff, you may only be able to hammer out a few measures before your fingers begin to hurt. Improvement will come dramatically as your fingers strengthen. Within little time this riff will come easy. A little digital delay gives this riff the perfect sound.
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|.-------6--------6-----6--------6--------6-----6----------|
|-----4-----4--------4--------4-----4--------4-------------|
|--2-----------------------2-------------------------------|
                                                           
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|--------------6-----------------------6-------------------|
|--------9--------9-----9--------9--------9-----9----------|
|-----7-----5--------7--------7-----5--------7-------------|
|--5-----------------------5-------------------------------|

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|--------9-----7-----------------11------9-----------------|
|-----7-----7-----7-----7-----9-------9------9-----9-------|
|--5-----------------5-----7--------------------7----------|
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|----------------7--------------------------7--------------|
|---------11--------11-----11--------11--------11-----11---|
|------9------9---------9---------9------9---------9-------|
|---7--------------------------7---------------------------|
                                                               
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|---------------2-----------------------2------------------|
|---------6--------6-----6--------6--------6-----6---------|
|------4-----4--------4--------4-----4--------4------------|
|---2-----------------------2------------------------------|
                                                               
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|--------------6-----------------------6-------------------|
|--------9--------9-----7--------5--------9-----7----------|
|-----7-----7--------5--------7-----7--------5-------------|
|--5-----------------------5-------------------------------|
                                                               

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|--------9-----7-----------------11-----9------------------.|
|-----7-----7-----7-----7-----9------9-----9-----9---------.|
|--5-----------------5-----7------------------7-------------|
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