Single String Guitar Speed Building Exercise
This exercise helps with just about everything except string crossing. It started out as an exercise to work on position shifting along the neck but ended up taking on a life all of it’s own 🙂 It was meant to be rock style but ended up like a bluegrass lick gone mad but I’ve had so much fun with it that I’ve left it as it is.
The style may not float everyone’s boat but this is an example of how to make an exercise interesting, look for your own ways to do the same.
This exercise should improve your …
- Position shifting along the neck
- Left and right hand synchronisation
- Alternate picking
- Finger dexterity
- Increase Speed
A few things to note
Take notice of the accents, these are critical to help you with your timing and getting the right feel. This exercise doesn’t follow the natural feel of playing repetitive four note groups over sixteenth notes. There are pattern offsets going on, three note patterns (phrases) played over straight sixteenths, in other words the phrasing doesn’t match the beat. This makes it a lot tougher than playing straight so don’t expect to play this at your normal comfortable speed.
The left hand must always be in one of six positions at any point. Avoid the habit of relying on the nearest finger to reach nearby frets. Getting this right is the key to playing each note cleanly and preventing your fingers stumbling over each other.
Have fun! 🙂
The fingering positions:
Note, position one and two are essentially the same position, the only difference is position 1 uses the open string and position 2 uses the fifth fret. The reason I have included it in the diagrams is because if we were to use more than one string then position 1 might have ended up using fingers two and four. For my own personal style of playing I prefer to think of the two positions as being completely different, it’s just a mind thing. 🙂
The Tab including finger positions
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Practice loops. (one shot loops, set your player to repeat)
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