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Micro Study 33 – right hand scale prep 1

Micro study 33 – right hand scale prep 1 is part of the – #6stringinspiration – series of short and sweet studies that target very specific ideas. These are for those who have very little time and want huge gains from tight focused practice ideas.

Micro Study 33 – Right Hand Scale Prep

This is a right hand only exercise, which will help prepare for practicing scales. Its main goals are to practice the stroke, rest or free stroke, mechanism and control as well as beginning to consider string crossing, which is the biggest hurdle to achieving speed in scale runs.

String Order:

1 2 3 4 5 6 5 4 3 2 1

Finger Order:

i m   m a   i a

KEY Strategy

Planting: make sure you are sequential planting the fingers as you play this exercise. The notes should have a staccato beat to them. This exercise can also be played in two ways: free stroke (like the video) and rest stroke. Aim for an even tone between the two.

Other Info

Note: This study uses the right hand only so that maximum concentration can be given to this exercise, which not only improves finger control but also has a bearing on tone production. Practice mindfully.


Thumb Tracking

The right hand thumb is tracked with the fingers as they move up and down the strings. This does get some getting used to if you haven’t already practiced this already. Watch the video to see the thumb track 2 strings (spacing) behind the fingers. If this was a rest stroke it would track 3 strings behind.

And Remember: move the stroke from the big knuckles, not the joints.

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No music for this example, use the video above to walk through the exercise.


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