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c o lu m n s h a v e c o v e r e d
r h y t h m a n d n o t a t i o n , b u t
t h e r e w i l l b e l i t t l e r h y t h m
in t h i s c o lu m n . L e t 's n o t
g e t c o m p la c e n t , h o w e v e r ! I t 's
i m p o r t a n t t h a t w e p la y e a c h
e x e r c is e w i t h a m e t r o n o m e to
k e e p t h e f u n d a m e n t a l p u ls e
c o n s is t e n t a n d s te a d y .
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L e t's s t a r t w i t h a G m a jo r s c a le ,
f r o m t h e r o o t o f G o n t h e t h i r d
f r e t o f t h e E s t r in g . N o t ic e t h a t I
p la y t h e s c a le b e y o n d t h e o c ta v e ,
p la y in g t h e n o te s A ( s e c o n d f r e t
G s t r in g ) , В ( f o u r t h f r e t G s t r in g ) ,
a n d f i n a l l y C ( f i f t h f r e t G s t r in g ) .
S e t y o u r m e t r o n o m e to 7 0 B P M .
P la y t h e s c a le a s c e n d in g a n d
d e s c e n d in g , f in is h in g w i t h a h a lf
n o t e o n G in t h e s ix t h b a r, t ie d
o v e r o n to t h e s e v e n t h b a r w i t h a
w h o le n o te .
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T h is is a n i n t e r v a l s t u d y u s in g
3 r d s . b o t h m a jo r a n d m in o r ,
in t h e k e y o f G m a jo r . T r y t o
u s e o n e f i n g e r p e r f r e t o n y o u r
f r e t t i n g h a n d , w h i c h m e a n s t h a t
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y o u w i l l h a v e t o p la y t h e f i r s t n o t e o f G ( t h i r d f r e t E s t r i n g ) w i t h y o u r s e c o n d f in g e r .
W e t h e n u s e o u r f i r s t f i n g e r t o p la y t h e m a jo r 3 r d В o n t h e s e c o n d f r e t o f t h e A s t r i n g . T h e t h i r d 8 t h
n o t e in t h i s g r o u p i n g o f f o u r is A , p la y e d w i t h t h e l i t t l e f i n g e r o n t h e f i f t h f r e t o f t h e E s t r i n g . T h e n p la y
t h e m i n o r 3 r d o n t h e C n o t e ( t h i r d f r e t A s t r i n g ) a n d s w i t c h t o В w i t h t h e f i r s t f i n g e r o f t h e f r e t t i n g h a n d ,
p la y e d o n t h e s e c o n d f r e t o f t h e A s t r i n g . D is p la y e d w i t h t h e l i t t l e f i n g e r a t t h e f i f t h f r e t o f t h e A s t r i n g .
W e t h e n h a v e C p la y e d w i t h t h e s e c o n d f i n g e r o n t h e t h i r d f r e t o f t h e A s t r i n g , a n d f i n i s h t h a t b a r o n E
a t t h e s e c o n d f r e t o f t h e D s t r i n g p la y e d w i t h t h e f i r s t f in g e r .
B a r t w o is a c o n t i n u a t i o n o f t h i s m e t h o d , u s in g e a c h f i n g e r o f t h e f r e t t i n g h a n d . S t a r t w i t h t h e n o t e
D ( f i f t h f r e t A s t r in g ) , p la y e d w i t h t h e l i t t l e f i n g e r o f t h e f r e t t i n g h a n d , f o l lo w e d b y F s h a r p ( f o u r t h f r e t
D s t r i n g ) p la y e d w i t h t h e t h i r d f i n g e r o f t h e f r e t t i n g h a n d , a n d s o o n . B a r t h r e e is w h e r e w e s t a r t t o
d e s c e n d t h e i n t e r v a l s i n t h e s a m e s e q u e n c e .
Y o u s h o u ld b e a b le t o e s t a b lis h a p a t t e r n q u i c k l y u s in g o n e f i n g e r p e r f r e t . T h is is a g r e a t e x e r c is e f o r
b u i l d i n g u p s t r e n g t h a n d d e x t e r i t y i n y o u r f r e t t i n g h a n d , e s p e c ia lly w i t h t h e s e c o n d a n d t h i r d f in g e r s ;
t h e s e t e n d t o b e a l i t t l e w e a k . I a lw a y s p la y e v e r y t h i n g w i t h i n a f o u r - f r e t a r e a o n t h e n e c k , m a i n ly
b e c a u s e 1 h a d f o u r f i n g e r s o n m y f r e t t i n g h a n d t h e la s t t i m e 1 c h e c k e d ! I f y o u s t ic k t o t h i s r u le , i t n a r r o w s
d o w n t h e m a r g in f o r e r r o r a s y o u p la y a n y p ie c e o f m u s ic .
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H e r e w e h a v e a r e a d in g e x e r c is e w i t h n o t a b la t u r e . T h e r e is n o r h y t h m i n v o l v e d : ju s t q u a r t e r n o t e
c r o c h e t s a ll t h e w a y . Y o u w i l l f i n d n o r i f f o r p h r a s e t o la t c h o n t o w i t h i n t h e e x a m p le , a s i t is p u r e l y
i n t e r v a l l i c . T h is w i l l m a k e y o u r e a d t h e p it c h e s o n l y a n d c o n c e n t r a t e o n a c t u a l s ig h t - r e a d in g .
T h e e x a m p le is in t h e k e y o f G m a jo r , a n d n e e d s t o b e p la y e d i n t h e s a m e p o s i t i o n a s E x a m p le
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