Mike introduces another fingerbuster exercise. He refers to the exercise in this lesson as "the crawl". Pinky use is very high in this exercise. He demonstrates on the low string of the mandolin, but then instructs the students to switch strings when practicing.
- Okay, here's one more finger buster for you…before we progress on.…I call this the crawl.…The concept here is we look at all the possibilities…that your fingers can find themselves in…from chromatic positions…and we're going to basically open this thing up…one note at a time.…We're going to bring the pinky out one half step.…Then we're going to bring the third finger out.…
Then we're going to bring the second finger out…to meet those three.…Then we're going to bring the pinky out again.…Then that kind of looks like an A minor, doesn't it?…Then we're going to bring the third finger out…to meet the pinky and that looks like a major position.…And then we're going to bring the pinky out…and that's whole tone, right?…So we're kind of covering all the possible positions…from chromatic to the pinky being out…to the third finger being out…to the second finger coming up to meet them…then comes the pinky out again…then comes the third finger out…and then we're at whole tone.…
And of course we do this on each of the pairs of strings.…
Note: This course was created and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Practicing for speed
- Making chord changes
- Practicing finger busters
- Making simple tunes more interesting