Adding The 3rd String



ALL DOWN-STROKESYou should still be using down-strokes with the pick exclusively. As you finish the exercises on the remaining 3 strings (which you can breeze through as quickly as you like) we'll introduce the alternate-picking method and eighth-notes. For now though, continue to use down-strokes exclusively.

With the introduction of a 3rd string you'll find that it's a little hard to cross cleanly from the 1st to the 3rd string or visa-versa without a little practice. Be careful not to make big swoops with your pick. A small tight stroke is best. This allows you to pick the strings clean without accidentally hitting an adjacent string. You're trying to play one note at a time, not chords. We're picking not strumming. A slight outward (rather than downward) motion with the pick-stroke will sometimes help at first.LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATIONOr maybe, Position, Position, Position. . .
If you're not keeping your hand in a good playing position, you'll have a hard time with all these exercises. On the other hand, if you are keeping your left hand in good playing position these things will be a breeze and you can get on to the more challenging lessons on the site. There are so many lessons after the ones that familiarize you with the 1st 6 strings that are a lot more fun and interesting for you. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to go check 'em out! It'll give you an idea of what's to come. Either way, please develop good habits. It's the stuff great guitar players are made of!

Be sure to take a look at the lesson entitled Notes In 1st Position because it gives a good overview of all the natural notes on all 6 strings in the first position.



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