FINGER TWISTERS PART THREE: FINGERPICKING EXERCISES

Hello again all my faithful readers out there in guitar land. In this installment of my blog, I would like to expand upon my last two blogs and write about a great fingerpicking finger twister I use as a warm up for classical guitar gigs.

In previous blogs, I have discussed some right hand fingerpicking patterns. This blog will work on coordinating left and right hand patterns. In case you are new to fingerpicking, the right hand has letter names. The thumb is p, the index finger is I, the middle finger is m and the ring finger is a. But the difference in this exercise is we will associate the left hand fingers with the right hand letters. The first finger in the left hand will always be played with p. The second finger in the left hand will be played with the I. The third finger in the left hand will be played with the m and the fourth finger of the left hand will be played with the a.

Place the first finger in the left hand on the first fret of the sixth string, the second finger of the left hand on the second fret of the fifth string, the third finger of the left hand on the third fret of the fourth string and the fourth fret of the third string. Your left hand will spell out the notes F, B, F and B respectively. Now play the right hand pima pattern. Now move the left hand chord over one string and place your first finger on your left hand on the first fret of the fifth string, the second finger of the left hand on the second fret of the fourth string, the third finger of the left hand on the third fret of the third string and the fourth finger of the left hand on the fourth fret of the second string. Your left hand will now spell out the notes Bb, E, Bb and Eb respectively. Play the right hand pima pattern again. Now move your left hand over one more string and place your first finger of your left hand on the first fret of the fourth string, your second finger of your left hand on the second fret of the third string, your third finger of your left hand on the third fret of the second string and your fourth finger on the fourth fret on the first string. Your left hand will now spell out the notes Eb, A, D and Ab respectively. Play the right hand pima pattern once again.

The left hand finger placements will be the same through this entire exercise. Example 1 is the pima pattern. Exercise 2 is the pami pattern and exercise 3 is the pmia pattern. What is the most challenging part of this finger twister is to keep the coordination between the right and left hand accurate. To make it even more of a challenge don’t place the left hand down as a chord. Play the notes individually with the right hand patterns.

Now get out there and pick up that guitar and play just like yesterday. Let’s get to it. As always I thank you for checking out my blog space and any comments or observations are always welcome.

 

RR

 

Richard Rossicone

About Richard Rossicone

Richard W. Rossicone is a veteran of the New York City and Long Island original and cover band scene. He has been playing guitar since the tender age of 8 years old when he attended his first concert, KISS and saw Pete Townshend smash a guitar. He has studied with various instructors over the years which led him to a career in Music Therapy. He began his educational journey at Queensboro Community College where the faculty there opened up a new world to him by introducing him to classical music. He received his A.A. in Fine Arts in 1997 and from there went on to receive his B.A. in Music Therapy in 2001 and his M.A. in Music Therapy from New York University in 2004. He has been Board Certified as a Music Therapist since 2002. Hungry to learn more about different styles on the guitar, Richard decided to continue his studies at C.W. Post University pursuing a second Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Music History in early 2006, studying under Harris Becker. In addition to his “day job” as a music therapist, he has been teaching guitar, piano and theory part time since 2002 and in 2006 started his own company called Rossicone Music Studios. Richard has grown his business from 15 students a week to over 50 a week at this present time. Richard is also a contributing blogger to GuitarWorld.com and GuitarAficionado.com Check out his blog page entitled The Complete Guitarist and visit him on Facebook at Richy Rossicone’s Complete Guitarist Page.
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