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Three Fingers Exercise

Jorge Farall (53) · [archive]
Style: Other · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 70
Pages: 1

There's a lot of talk about the use of three fingers with the right (plucking) hand, here's an excercise that worked, and still does for me.

Brok en Thirds


I developed this by playing just the same old broken thirds excercise, but played with three fingers rather than the usual M-I pattern. The good thing about this is that you get to practice two different patterns:

M-I-R ascending

R-I-M descending

you also get to work skipping/alternating strings rather than doing the usual tripplet-like pattern on one string.

Since there's no way to add any kind of fingering reference to the TAB with the line builder, or to upload a gif or jpg attachment to the lesson, I'll try to give you some written instructions on how to play this.

If you already played broken thirds on a major scale I don't have to tell you the fretting hand fingering. Now, the "problem" here is with the plucking hand. I already told you that the ascending fingering pattern is Miiddle-Index-Ring so it goes like this:

C on 3rd fret A string - Middle

E on 2nd fret D string - Index

D on 5th fret A string - Ring

F on 3rd fret D string - Middle... and so on

You should get to pluck C on the 5th fret of G string with your Ring finger. When you get there DON'T stop or pluck it again, keep going and start descending. All notes should be played as 8ths.

When descending the only "strange" fingering until the Ring-Index-Middle pattern is set, happens when you turn around and play C (5th fret G string - Ring), B (4th fret G string - Middle), G (5th fret D string - Ring). After that just descend following the Ring-Index-Middle pattern.

It could take a while until you get used to it, but it's just a matter of concentration. It's funny, but you'll notice that the biggest effort is not really playing with the ring finger, but avoiding the tendency to play with the traditional two-fingered plucking technique.

I think that what helped and helps me a lot with this is that I come from studying some classical guitar technique, which makes plenty of use of the ring finger along with index and middle when playing arpeggios, which are also played with several fingering combinations.

Hope this helps, if so, It'd be good to get some feedback from you guys. Regards!
Three Fingers Exercise
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