Try this exercise out to get your fingers loosened up. This one is designed for Bass players and Guitar players. Actually, any four string instrument (Mandolin, Violin, etc) can benefit from this one. Let's see what we have:
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And now for the details
The exercise shown below is based on the m/maj-9/-11 scale, in case you're interested. If you play it, like I did, starting at position 7, then it will end up being Ebm/maj-9/-11. This scale contains Eb Fb Gb Abb Bb C D . I have chosen to break up the exercise into four exercises. You can play them in any order that you choose. These are some challenging string skipping exercises.
The exercise is color coded. Each note coded in RED should be played with the first finger. Each note coded in GREEN should be played with the second finger. Each note coded in BLUE should be played with the third finger, and the fourth finger is used with each note coded in BROWN.
Finally, the notes are shown as a letter inside a circle. The letters are ordered A - D in the first part, E - H in the second part, I - L in the third part, and M - P in the last part. This is the order in which I played the notes.
As is with most guitar diagrams, this diagram has the high E string situated at the top of the diagram.
Follow along as we go through the first diagram starting at the seventh fret:
Note A sits at fret 7 on the A string. It is red in color, indicating that it should be fretted with the first finger. Note B is shown at fret 11 on the G string. Since the note is shown in brown, it should be fretted with the fourth finger. Note C sits on fret 10 of the low E string. It is shown as blue in color, which means that it should be fretted with the third finger. Note D sits at fret 8 on the D string. It is color coded as green, meaning that it should be fretted with the second finger. Similar patterns exist for the remaining three diagrams in the exercise. We will use all four fingers with a pretty good stretch. Try to play each diagram of the exercise without moving your hand. Move it up higher on the fretboard if you have to until you get to a place where you can play it comfortably. You can control the PAIN/GAIN factor by moving the exercise up and down the neck.
Those of you that like to use your fingers instead of a pick can also further enhance the excitement by dedicating one "picking/plucking" finger to each string. Every time that a note is played on the low E string, use the first finger of your "picking/plucking" hand. Notes played on the A string use the second "picking/plucking" finger, notes played on the D string use the third "picking/plucking" finger, and all notes played on G string are "picked/plucked" with the fourth finger of the "picking/plucking" hand.
This is a MEAN lick, and if you can play it REAL fast you will BLOW some people away.
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