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September 13, 2006 | Pull My Finger...

It bears repeating. Though we've discussed this before, the importance of strength and independence of the 3rd & 4th fingers on the left hand, we thought we'd bring up the topic and point to an exercise that can help you get a grip on this. (Pun intended...)

A previous Mandolin Sessions article went into a bit more detail, but if you want a printable copy of the exercise we included, you can get it right here.

Three Finger Pull PDF

A good hint for practicing this, begin the intellectual exercise of memorizing this drill. If you grab a Circle of Fifths chart, or better, buy one of our Circle of Fifths Polish Cloths (shameless plug), you can go around the "clock" and internalize the scale degrees as you play.

What, me play in Db???

No sweat.

Read: Mandolin Sessions Back Issue.

If your muscles get sore doing these, we recommend you buy one of these: GHS Handmaster Plus

Posted by Ted at September 13, 2006 3:36 PM

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