Contraction and Extension Exercises
Pdf booklet available at bottom
These exercises are taken from Abel Carlevaro’s incredible books on guitar technique, called ‘Serie Didactica para Guitarra’ (Didactic Series for Guitar). They are designed to focus specifically on the movements of contracting and extending the fingers. The beauty of these exercises is that they are super focused on that one technique, so you can focus very intently on improving those movements.
- Each exercises can be repeated up or down the fretboard, and these exercises become progressively difficult as your hand approaches the lower positions of the fretboard.
- When you change strings, your left hand finger should hold the note from the previous string for as long as possible.
- Once comfortable with these exercises then try to add dynamics (crescendo, diminuendo)
- I have also provided a variation of the exercise that you can practice
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