Guitar Exercises – Permutations 1

Guitar permutations are simply exercises designed to build dexterity and cooperation between the hands. I’ve often thought of them as tongue twisters for the fingers.

Guitar permutations are simply exercises designed to build dexterity and cooperation between the hands. I've often thought of them as tongue twisters for the fingers.

 

They condition your hands to play what you want, whenever you want, but they are also a great way to warm up your muscles before a gig or practice session.

 

Below is the most basic exercise using all four fingers on the fretting hand, one for each note played. I've written it the way that I practice permutations which sort of zig-zags up the neck. I find this saves a bit of time.

 

Permutation is a mathematical term that refers to the act of rearranging a group of numbers. In part two of these guitar exercises we'll take a look at mixing up this four note grouping to really get your fingers tangled up in knots.

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When practicing these exercises it’s good to think about your picking hand a bit. The recommended picking technique for most single note lines is called alternate picking.

You simply alternate between down-strokes and up-strokes (we’re talking picking here). This is the most efficient method and will allow you to achieve fast & precise picking.

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