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Guitar Techniques - - BRETT GARSED PT1 -

Get al­ter­nat­ing!

Al­ter­nat­ing the pick­ing-hand fin­gers is an in­te­gral part of clas­si­cal gui­tar tech­nique and is essen­tial for ef­fi­cient and flu­ent per­for­mance. A favourite ex­er­cise of mine is this: on open strings play the fol­low­ing with p and i fin­gers al­ter­nat­ing on the fol­low­ing strings: 2-2-1-2-2-1-2-2-3-2-2-3 then re­peat (also prac­tise with m and a). This ex­er­cise forces the fin­gers to switch from a lower string to a higher string (and visa versa) in the com­bi­na­tions ‘first-sec­ond’ then ‘sec­ond-first’. There is of­ten the temp­ta­tion to ‘drag’ a fin­ger from a higher to a lower string rather than al­ter­nate and, although this is not al­ways nec­es­sar­ily wrong, it is still an essen­tial dis­ci­pline to work on al­ter­nat­ing the fin­gers with con­sis­tency and con­trol. This ex­er­cise can be con­tin­ued to the lower strings.

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