Quasi Chromatic
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"The Quasi Chromatic Exercise"

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Before you get started, you should know that it seems like a lot of steps but, is just the same four steps over and over on different strings.

Steps "1 through 4" for better finger dexterity

1. Just like in the lesson 1 video I am demonstrating how to properly place your fretting hand on the neck of the guitar with your thumb in the middle of the back of the neck and then place your "first finger" on the "first fret/ sixth string" .Now with your picking hand, pick the note you are holding in a downward motion

2. Keep your first finger on the fret board as in the previous step while placing the "second finger" on the "second fret/sixth string".And picking the next note in an upward motion.

3. Keep your first and second fingers on the fret board as in the previous steps while placing the "third finger" on the "third fret/sixth string". And picking the next note in an downward motion. (take note that you are "alternate picking")

4. Keep all three fingers on the fret board as in the previous steps while placing the "fourth finger" on the "fourth fret/sixth string". And picking the next note in an upward motion.

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Steps "5 through 8" for better finger dexterity

5. Just like on the sixth string keeping fretting hand on the neck of the guitar with your thumb in the middle of the back of the neck and then place your "first finger" on the"first fret/fifth string" .Now with your picking hand, pick the note you are holding in a downward motion

6. Keep your first finger on the fret board as in the previous step while placing the "second finger" on the "second fret/fifth string". And picking the next note in an upward motion.

7. Keep your first and second fingers on the fret board as in the previous steps while placing the "third finger" on the "third fret/fifth string". And picking the next note in an downward motion. (take note that you are "alternate picking")

8. Keep all three fingers on the fret board as in the previous steps while placing the "fourth finger"on the"fourth fret/fifth string". And picking the next note in an upward motion.

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Steps "9 through 12" for better finger dexterity

9. Just like on the fifth and sixth strings keeping the fretting hand on the neck of the guitar with your thumb in the middle of the back of the neck and then place your "first finger" on the "first fret/fourth string". Now with your picking hand, pick the note you are holding in a downward motion.

10. Keep your first finger on the fret board as in the previous step while placing the "second finger" on the "second fret/fourth string". And picking the next note in an upward motion.

11. Keep your first and second fingers on the fret board as in the previous steps while placing the "third finger"on the "third fret/fourth string". And picking the next note in an downward motion. (again take note that you are "alternate picking").

12. Keep all three fingers on the fret board as in the previous steps while placing the "fourth finger" on the "fourth fret/fourth string". And picking the next note in an upward motion.

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By now you are thinking this is really hard and it is. So if you made it this far here is a hint to make this exercise a little easier at first. Start at the fifth fret sixth string "A". It is a lot easier to hold there and it will be more productive that you can do the exercise. This exercise turned out to be one of the most important finger dexterity exercises for me. Right now its an exercise to you but in time you will be using these motions for a long time. Especially if you plan on learning the fundamentals of scales and intervals. These things I am showing you will help you to understand your fret board so much better and if you have any questions or comments please email me. I will get back to you and if I find that the subject is interesting enough it will be incorporated into this web site so other musicians can benefit from it!

What do you do when you get all the way to the high "E" string?

First String

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It is important that you take your time when doing these exercises. I know from experience that we all want to "rip these frets up" ! With a lot practice you should be able to. But for now slow way down. "Speed will come with accuracy".

Here are the rest of the photos where you continue on up until you finish on the "sixth string/second fret/first finger"

Notice we are now playing the notes from a higher pitch to a lower pitch one at a time while moving toward the sixth string

Third string

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Fourth string

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Fifth string

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Sixth string

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When you get to that last photo above you will notice that I have slid my "first finger" to the "third fret/sixth string". From there you just continue on like all the other steps until you have reached at least the 12th fret.

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