Happy Holidays! In this lesson I will be showing you some great exercises to help you with your speed, accuracy and right/left hand coordination. If you would like to keep your fingers in shape these are great exercises to practice. Before a gig, or when I first pick up my guitar I always go through these to get warmed up.
Be sure to start off slow and then increase your speed. With this exercise I'm giving you a complete list of all 24 permutations for your left hand, so if you master these, you can play just about anything. It would be a great idea to hang this up on your wall as a reference until you memorize all 24. Once you figure out the mathematics behind this, you will memorize it easily.
Be sure to use alternate picking and reverse picking directions. For example, down-up-down-up and up-down-up-down. Hold all fingers down and move one finger at a time up the neck. By practicing this exercise you will notice over time that your fingers will be closer to the strings while playing, which will increase your speed. Be sure to practice this with different left hand permutations and experiment with different strings.
24 left hand permutations:
1234 2134 3124 4123
1243 2143 3142 4132
1324 2314 3214 4231
1342 2341 3241 4213
1432 2413 3412 4312
1423 2431 3421 4321
Now we'll practice 3-note combinations with triplets. Use all possible finger permutations up the neck and reverse picking direction.
Left hand 3 note permutations
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