Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Spider - Building Block of Legato

To make progress on the guitar, you want to look at the smallest building blogs of your guitar playing. Most tutorials or books show you how to play a large number of notes in a short amount of time but fail to actually show how to use your hands to play the guitar.
In other words how does one finger press on one string and then on the next one. Here is a simple chromatic scale that is sometimes called "The Spider". The idea is that only one finger is up in the air while all the other fingers press down a string. In other words, while your first finger is already on the next string the other three fingers still press the previous string. Try this with higher speeds on the metronome. The main idea is that your fingers move independently ... that is one of the basic requirements of playing fast and fluid. This training is also a building block for playing legato ... make a habit out of only lifting one finger for all your scales and runs. All the other fingers stay on the strings ...

tabstave notation=true key=A notes :8 5/6 6/6 7/6 8/6 | notes :8 5/5 6/5 7/5 8/5 | notes :8 5/4 6/4 7/4 8/4 | tabstave notation=true notes :8 5/3 | tabstave notation=true notes :8 8/1 7/1 6/1 5/1 | notes :8 8/2 7/2 6/2 5/2 | notes :8 8/3 7/3 6/3 5/3 |

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