Finger Stretch

Fingerbuilding technique. Improve your fingers!

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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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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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    fenderg2113
    hey thanx this helped alot.dont listen to those dumbasses writing all that crap, we can all see that theyre both imature, Thanx
    Aaron120
    hey great lesson, ppl using this should think about trying exercises like this with an acoustic guitar. it's harder and will strengthen your fingers much faster
    Eddy_metallica
    um actually you should never really play through pain as this could cause lasting damage and in the worst case stop you from playing guitar. not what you want. you could play in pain very slightly if it doesnt actually hurt that much, but if you find it "aganizing" then you really should not be playing it yet.
    Discouraged
    If you can find a video of John Petrucci's Rock discipline, it has a whole section on finger stretching exercises, that allow you to gradually build up your flexibility. Its more sensible than trying to reach something that is likely to dislocate your fingers.
    Cameron19m
    Yeah it is helping your fingers out but, its not good to be in pain after this. Your only going to hurt yourself in the end if you keep on hurting your fingers after every riff.
    kiedo wrote: Geez, my hand hurts like hell but i think it's helping
    Kelly_McDaniel
    This does not seem to fit in the basic article area. For one the fingering does not make since to a beginner. I do not understand the fingering. ----- During the riff. you will raise your second finger to make a ||||11 nice change. ||||2| ||||| ----- |||||3 ||||| What does this mean? It makes no since to me as a beginner. I have been using gibsons learn and master guitar to learn to play and seen nothing like this to explain fingering. If you are going to post something you should explain your fingering since this is a basics category. I would like you to explain what you are talking about with this part of the post. Thank you for your time and consideration. Kelly McDaniel