Imroving Your Reach

author: opiate666 date: 05/06/2009 category: the basics

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Before you begin try this: Stretch your fingers with your picking hand, focusing the most on stretching your index and pinky apart, if it hurts you are applying too much pressure. After a decent hand stretching warm up try these exercises. Try this in Triplets and gradually increase in tempo. Ex. 1: Use your Index and Middle Fingers only.
e|-------------------------------0-1-2-|
B|-------------------------0-1-2-------|
G|-------------------0-1-2-------------|
D|-------------0-1-2-------------------|
A|-------0-1-2-------------------------|
E|-0-1-2-------------------------------|
Than replay Ex. 1, and add this afterward, and adding the following exercises in order, and continue increasing in tempo. Ex. 2: Use your index and ring finger, and if you need more of a challenge try your index and middle, or your middle and pinky.
e|-------------------------------0-1-3-|
B|-------------------------0-1-3-------|
G|-------------------0-1-3-------------|
D|-------------0-1-3-------------------|
A|-------0-1-3-------------------------|
E|-0-1-3-------------------------------|
Ex. 3: Use your index and pinky or your index and ring.
e|-------------------------------0-1-4-|
B|-------------------------0-1-4-------|
G|-------------------0-1-4-------------|
D|-------------0-1-4-------------------|
A|-------0-1-4-------------------------|
E|-0-1-4-------------------------------|
Ex. 4: Use your index and pinky.
e|-------------------------------0-1-5-|
B|-------------------------0-1-5-------|
G|-------------------0-1-5-------------|
D|-------------0-1-5-------------------|
A|-------0-1-5-------------------------|
E|-0-1-5-------------------------------|
Now this is more of a challenge, don't worry if you have trouble with this. It can be a real challenge to bar and stretch, but with practice this exercise will increase your span a ton. Ex. 5: Bar the third fret with your index and do not remove your index finger from the fretboard.
e|-------------------------------3-7-3-|
B|-------------------------3-7-3-------|
G|-------------------3-7-3-------------|
D|-------------3-7-3-------------------|
A|-------3-7-3-------------------------|
E|-3-7-3-------------------------------|
    <-----<-----<-----<-----<-----<----|Bar the 3rd fret.
I hope this helps, I practice it frequenly and it seems to be a great warm up. Drop me a line, best of luck!
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