This lesson we look at how finger permutations can be used to create a meditative exercise to help with finger co-ordination and independence.

Finger Permutations

These sequences work through all the possible finger combinations in two, three and four-note lines. They are designed to be enjoyed in a relaxed mannor and as a supplement to your usual practice routine. The aim is to improve your coordination and finger strength, meaning repetition is key.

Each finger is assigned to a fret  and numbered as follows:

Index – 1
Middle – 2
Ring – 3
Pinky – 4

Tips:

  • Don’t play too quick to begin with
  • Concentrate on consistent time, tone and accuracy
  • Focus on the feeling of moving between the fingers
  • Concentrate on alternate picking
  • Keep both hands relaxed at all times

Play Each Permutation across all strings

2 Finger Permutations:

• 1 – 2
• 1 – 3
• 1 – 4
• 2 – 1
• 2 – 3
• 2 – 4
• 3 – 1
• 3 – 2
• 3 – 4
• 4 – 1
• 4 – 2
• 4 – 3

 

3 Finger Permutations:

• 1 – 2 – 3
• 1 – 2 – 4
• 1 – 3 – 2
• 1 – 3 – 4
• 1 – 4 – 2
• 1 – 4 – 3
• 2 – 1 – 3
• 2 – 1 – 4
• 2 – 3 – 1
• 2 – 3 – 4
• 2 – 4 – 1
• 2 – 4 – 3
• 3 – 1 – 2
• 3 – 1 – 4
• 3 – 2 – 1
• 3 – 2 – 4
• 3 – 4 – 1
• 3 – 4 – 2
• 4 – 1 – 2
• 4 – 1 – 3
• 4 – 2 – 1
• 4 – 2 – 3
• 4 – 3 – 1
• 4 – 3 – 2

 

4 Finger Permutations:

• 1 – 2 – 3 – 4
• 1 – 2 – 4 – 3
• 1 – 3 – 2 – 4
• 1 – 3 – 4 – 2
• 1 – 4 – 2 – 3
• 1 – 4 – 3 – 2
• 2 – 1 – 3 – 4
• 2 – 1 – 4 – 3
• 2 – 3 – 1 – 4
• 2 – 3 – 4 – 1
• 2 – 4 – 1 – 3
• 2 – 4 – 3 – 1
• 3 – 1 – 2 – 4
• 3 – 1 – 4 – 2
• 3 – 2 – 1 – 4
• 3 – 2 – 4 – 1
• 3 – 4 – 1 – 2
• 3 – 4 – 2 – 1
• 4 – 1 – 2 – 3
• 4 – 1 – 3 – 2
• 4 – 2 – 1 – 3
• 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
• 4 – 3 – 1 – 2
• 4 – 3 – 2 – 1

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