What You'll Need For This Exercise...
All you’ll need for this exercise is your guitar and a browser opened to the interactive guitar tab. You should also be aware of the following fingering (for the picking hand, NOT the fretting hand) indicators:
- ‘p’ – thumb
- ‘i’ – index finger
- ‘m’ – middle finger
- ‘a’ – ring finger
How to Complete This Exercise...
This beginner warm-up is precisely designed to warm-up your fingers for fingerpicking. However, learning to plant your fingers (represented in this tab by the muted notes) is absolutely crucial to getting a good facility with fingerpicking.
- Start at a slow, comfortable tempo.
- Plant a full D major chord with your fretting hand.
- Pick along with the tab (keeping good time) using the ‘p’, ‘i’, ‘m’, or ‘a’ finger indicated by each note in the notation.
- Pay very, very close attention to the planting of your fingers (a new D major chord each time). The planting moments are indicated by the muted chord (and also clearly labeled above the notation).
Continuing to Improve...
- Be aware of matching the playback timing, correct fingering (p,i,m,a) all while getting good tone from the strings.
- Each time you plant your fingers, plant a full D major chord… that will set up the strings for your picking hand.
- I highly recommend starting at a slow pace, so that you’re only playing these diads at a comfortable pace.
- Remember that you can set loops to repeat custom-selections in the tab. If you’re not sure how to use the looping feature check out my Soundslice Video Tutorials. Looping is a great way to improve more quickly by focusing attention on a specific challenge.