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Finger Combinations

These exercises are designed to help your fretting hand become adept at any combination of notes that are thrown at you. Start with the simple 'spider' in figure 1 then try out some combinations from the table below.

Figure 1.

Try playing through figure 1 at a tempo that you feel comfortable with. Use alternate picking (down, up, down, up and so on). Once you are comfortable with this exercise, try it with a variety of different combinations from the table below:

1 2 3 4 2 1 3 4 3 1 2 4 4 1 2 3
1 2 4 3 2 1 4 3 3 1 4 2 4 1 3 2
1 3 2 4 2 3 1 4 3 2 1 4 4 2 1 3
1 3 4 2 2 3 4 1 3 2 4 1 4 2 3 1
1 4 2 3 2 4 1 3 3 4 1 2 4 3 1 2
1 4 3 2 2 4 3 1 3 4 2 1 4 3 2 1

Example: