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LESSONS INDEX

Stretching
by Toni Moretti
tonimore@inwind.it

As a matter of truth this should be the first lesson, for this simple exercises have the purpose of loosening and warming up the hands (especially the left one) to prepare the actual playing. I do practise them every time to warm up.

These four should be anticipated by a preparatory exercise with fingering 1-2-3-4 / 4-3-2-1, but these seem to me more interesting.

Exercises 1, 3, 4 should be done on all fretboard. I only have written the beginning in the first position on the first four frets (use all four fingers, with the first finger on the first fret, the second on the second fret, etc.). Then, understood the pattern, you should slide up a fret (frets 2,3,4,5), and so on.
 
I've found the second exercise in a video by John Patitucci. It should be done only on the fifth fret keeping the position (obviously, if you want to do it on all fretboard…!).

I advise you to use the metronome starting at 60 and increasing gradually, improving technique and precision.


 





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