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Guitar fingering exercises
These guitar exercises will make playing chords and lead guitar that much easier.
I’ve stressed to you more than once that it is important to learn the finger numbering system. This fingering system is illustrated once more, below.
The guitar notes in this exercise are played from left to right. Start at the 5th fret, Low E string, which is the fattest string. Play 4 notes to each string, one note at a time, using the fingers 1-2-3-4. Then move down to the A string, 1-2-3-4. Remember to always alternate the pick, down then up. Continue playing 4 notes to every string, one note at a time. Then reverse this process, working your way back up from the high E or thinnest string 4-3-2-1 to the Low E string.
1 = Index
2 = Middle
3 = Ring
4 = Pinkie
T = Thumb
Watch the video and practice until you can play it smoothly. The tablature is shown below.
Once you can play the exercise above, start at the 3rd fret and do the same thing.
The illustration below, shows the fret-board and how to play the example above. In this example, you start at the 3rd fret, on the Low E string, which is the fattest string. You might need to study tablature if you’re confused.
When you become comfortable playing this exercise, you may want to start on the 6th or 7th fret or any where you like. Keep the same fingering, 1-2-3-4 on each string and remember to alternate the pick, up and down. Your fingers may get tired or have a difficult time stretching, but it will eventually become easier.
Here’s another exercise.
Start with your 1 finger on the first fret, fat E string.
The numbers are the fingers and frets you play. Start at the Low E string and work your way from the left to right. 1,2 – 2,1 2,3 – 3,2 3,4 – 4,3 and so on all the way through each string. Remember to alternated your pick, this will help build up speed.
Play one note at a time 1,2,1 2,3,2 3,4,3 2,3,2. Then move to the next string and repeat.
Start on the Low E string and work your way down using each string. Start from the left to right. Alternate your pick.
Each number is your finger and fret. Pick each note one at a time and alternate your pick. Notice you start on the Low E string. Once you pick all eight notes, move down to the A string and do the same thing using the A, D and G strings. Once you become comfortable, move this exercise all over the fret-board.
The next lesson covers Triplets.