Who is This For?
This exercise is designed for beginner students who are currently learning basic fingerpicking technique from the course: Good Guitar Habits – Fingerpicking. Students who have not already watched those video lessons should view them before working on this practice routine.
How Will This Help?
Now that you’ve watched the lessons in Good Guitar Habits – Fingerpicking, you’ll benefit from a method for effectively practicing your new knowledge, so that it becomes a skill that you can rely on and enjoy as a musician! This practice routine provides clear simple steps to mastering your new fingerpicking skills.
How to Practice
- Always pay close attention to your (1) Finger Placement, (2) Finger Planting and (3) Hand Position. You can review the lessons in the course if it’s helpful.
- Next, have your metronome prepared to keep time at 60 Beats Per Minute (BPM).
- Turn on your metronome and play each of the 6 strings in succession (starting from the low E and progressing to the high E). Only play one string per ‘click’ of the metronome.
When Are You Done?
This may be very difficult if you are less experienced with metronomes. But, don’t give up! Metronomes are very strict and that can make them very frustrating (and unforgiving) practice pals. Many musicians never practice with a metronome because it can be frustrating. However, I promise you that EVERY musician who has learned good timing has effectively practiced with a metronome as part of their regular practice routine.
- Stay focused and start slow – with your metronome set at 60 BPM.
- Try not to feel frustrated with the process of trying to keep time. Instead “fake-it-till-you-make-it”.
- Attempt this process for 5 full minutes (with your best effort) every day and after about 3-5 days you’ll see improvement.
Do your best and know that you are starting to crack a tough problem here! Playing with good timing is particularly important with fingerpicking.
You’ll have mastered this exercises once you can do the following:
- Play each of the 6 strings in succession in close (not necessarily perfect) timing with your metronome.
- Vocalize (out loud!) the numbers that we count along with the beats – here you’ll want your metronome set to a 4/4 time signature. You’ll count out loud “1, 2, 3, 4”.
- Important: don’t let your finger placement, finger planting or hand position get sloppy.