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December 4, 2005 | Fourth Finger Frack

New for December, " Foregoing the Fourth Finger Frack," our featured article in Mel Bay's Mandolin Sessions. Always working to achieve pinky prominence, digital dominance, we introduce yet another exercise to develop 3rd and 4th finger strength and independence.

This one also attempts to develop your ear, as hearing the 3rd and 4th scale degree relationship within the pattern is also imbedded in the exercise. Develop Finger, Ear, and Mind all at the same time:

Read December Jazz Mandology at Mel Bay's online Mandolin Webzine (includes exercise PDF and audio!)

Posted by Ted at December 4, 2005 11:57 AM

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