Scales, Arpeggios and Finger Exercise Fun!
Guitar Lesson 1 - Technique
Video Time: 5:23
In this video you will learn what positions are, how to hold your hand, and an easy finger exercise to get you playing.
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Scales and Arpeggios
Learning scales and arpeggios (broken chords) are an important part of excelling on any instrument. By incorporating them into your practice routine, you will be working on a lot of things to better your playing and musicianship. Things like:
Scales will have you learning about keys and how to understand what key a song is in. Scales also have us playing more than one note on each string allowing us to focus on different patterns per string.
Arpeggios are broken chords. In other words, chords played one note at a time (melodically) versus playing them all at the same time (harmonically). Arpeggios will quite often have us playing only 1 note per string allowing us to focus on getting from string to string quickly.
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Let's take a look at 1st Position
Positions are named according to which fret your 1st finger (index) looks after. In the picture to the right the hand is in first position:
- 1st finger (index) looks after 1st fret
- 2nd finger (middle) looks after 2nd fret
- 3rd finger (ring) looks after 3rd fret
- 4th finger (pinky) looks after 4th fret
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- Start by placing your 1st finger on the 1st fret of your high E and pick string
- Next place your 2nd finger on 2nd fret and pick string while leaving 1st finger down
- Now 3rd finger will play the 3rd fret while both 1st and 2nd finger remain down
- Lastly put 4th finger on 4th fret and pick
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