The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #21655   Message #234498
Posted By: Peter T.
26-May-00 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: Help for pickers. Give us a tip.
Subject: RE: Help for pickers. Give us a tip.
Anyone have any advice for doing scales practice to improve one's reasonably elementary fingerpicking? Some of the books seem to work with straightforward E to E on basically the first three frets using both the closed and open notes (for example, C on the second string, 3rd fret from the bottom bass to the C on the second string, 1st fret, on the top, or sometimes to the C high up on the top string (where you have to move your hand) to complete the second octave). Others give you closed note patterns that you can move up the neck as you go (and these seem to differ depending on where the tonic note starts). Another question is: do you change your right hand fingering as you go up while practicing, or just stick to one finger, thumb, or use a pick, or whatever? Etc. Do you recommend working through all keys early on, or just C, G, D,A,E, and I guess F. Anyone have anything that they would recommend for starting scale exercises? (Not wild modes or whatever -- just ordinary major/minor scales)

yours, Peter T.