8-Finger Tapping Basics #6

by Aleksander Sukovic

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  • Hello everyone! Welcome to '8-Finger Tapping Basics - Exercise no.6'. This time you will learn a slightly different exercise from those we did in previous 8-finger tapping basics lessons. Again in two variations - a) and b).

    This exercise uses only hammer-ons for playing notes, same for right and left hand.

    The difference in fingering patterns between the two variations is:

    a) Each hand plays a single note before switching to the other hand, (L1-R1-L3-R3-L2-R2-L4-R4-L3-R3-L1-R1-L4-R4-L2-R2);

    b) Each hand plays by two notes before switching to the other one, (L1-L3-R1-R3-L2-L4-R2-R4-L3-L1-R3-R1-L4-L2-R4-R2).

    This exercise is very effective when it comes to playing various phrases, arpeggios, or anything that requires non-linear fingering patterns, since it helps you to develop finger individuality, which is crucial for playing 8-finger tapping, or any other technique.
    Though there are many benefits from this exercise, in general, it will help you to gain better control over your right hand, for the purpose of 8-finger tapping.

    When you become confident with this one, you can use it for warming up later on. This is, actually one of my favourite warming up exercises.

    Tempo: 120 BPM;
    Time signature: 4/4.


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