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Training exercise 1:

As this is the first training exercise, make sure you have tuned your guitar (see tuning), and that you know how to read tabs (see tabs).

This exercise is about keeping your "fret-hand" in a still position, moving only the four fingers. Place your "fret-hand" so your 1st finger (index finger) can be placed on fret number 1, 2nd finger for fret 2, 3rd finger for fret 3 and 4th finger for fret 4. You will now play a short riff that involves the 2 thickest strings: E and A, where the exercise is to keep your hand still while playing on 2 strings and 4 different frets, moving only your fingers. This will be a little difficult in the beginning, but once you get used to it, you will be able to play it much faster than if you had to move your hand up and down the neck of the guitar.

Repeat the riff until you need a break. When you feel pretty comfortable playing it, try to speed up. Once you're really good at it, you should be able to play it in less than 2 seconds.

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Click on the play button below to listen to a sample.

 

On the sample, I repeat the riff 4 times followed by the E chord.

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