Guitar Exercises – Permutations 2

Below you can see all 24 possible permutations of the four notes. Practicing these will challenge both your fingers and your mind as you try to navigate your way through all the different groupings.

In the last lesson we looked at a basic finger exercise and how to save time by practicing it in a zig-zag pattern up the neck.

 

Now we're going to take a look at the permutations (rearrangements) of the notes in that exercise.

 

Below you can see all 24 possible permutations of the four notes. Practicing these will challenge both your fingers and your mind as you try to navigate your way through all the different groupings.

Here are the 24 possible four note permutations

There are two ways that you can approach practicing these permutations. In the first way you play the same pattern across the neck both ways.

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In the second way you reverse the pattern for each pass across the neck. This method can get a bit tricky and has been known to cause insanity, so take it slow at first.

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Feel free to jump right in. Pick a permutation and get to picking. These are a sure fire way to keep your fingers on their toes if you catch my drift. In our next lesson we’ll take a look at three note groupings and all their permutations.