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The Thumb Up Exercise



This exercise is taken from The Principles. It is one of the very powerful Foundation Exercises that build the real foundation of relaxed control we need to play guitar well. Regular practice of this exercise, even for a few mintues a day, will greatly improve your fingerstyle playing. You will feel the difference every time the thumb has to reach back to a bass string, and the fingers must stay close to their strings, relaxed and ready to play.

 

FOUNDATION EXERCISE: THUMB UP

 

1. Sit comfortably and correctly with the guitar. Place the fingertips of your index, middle, and ring fingers gently on the 1st string. Rest your thumb lightly on the 2nd string. Relax the entire arm in position. Feel the weight of your arm on top of the guitar. Look at your right hand and make sure you see the thumb is out and away from the fingers.

2. Keeping your fingers on the 1st string, begin to float your thumb slowly up past the 2nd string, then the 3rd, until it reaches the 6th string. Watch your fingers intently for any sign of movement or tension. Stop and relax at any sign or feeling of tension.

3. When you reach the 6th string, let the thumb touch it and rest on it. Pose and relax in this position.



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