The next few lessons I will be focusing on finger exercises.
These will develop consistency, smoothness, dexterity and speed!
First lets warm up.
Starting with the thin E string – pick the string down then up in a continuous motion.
Remember to start slowly and then gradually build speed.
Do this approximately 150 to 200 times for each open string.
Once you are comfortable with this add the metronome starting around 90 BPM (beats per minute).
Exercise 1. Starting with your first finger on the fifth fret of the thin E string pick down.
Now while keeping the first finger down add your 2nd finger on the sixth fret of the thin E pick up. Then keeping down the 1st and 2nd finger add your your 3rd finger on the 7th fret of the thin E pick down. Now add your fourth finger on the 8th fret of the thin E string and pick up.
Now repeat this 5 to 10 times EACH string – E then B then G then D then A then low thick E string.
Also once you are comfortable add the metronome around 70 to 90 BPM.
Lets say you start at 70 BPM do this for 5 minutes, then go to 80 BPM for five minutes,
then 90 BPM work up 220 BPM.
Now transpose above to each (all frets) register of your instrument, then to all 15 keys.
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Vince Lauria Sun and Earth Music