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Finger Gymnastics: Warm-up, Flexibility, Speed & Strength

By Charles Chapman

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Guitar (all) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Charles Chapman. Saddle-stitched, Technic. Value Line. All Styles. Book/CD Set. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.98751BCD).

Item Number: MB.98751BCD

ISBN 9780786653157. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book is for all levels and styles of guitarists. "Finger Gymnastics" is a term used for warm-ups, stretching, and any type of practice exercise that develops technique and stamina while preventing technique related injuries. The exercises in this book are time-tested and will keep your technique at its optimum while helping to ensure injury-free performance. The enclosed CD presents three versions of the exercises in chapters I and II, each version more advanced than the preceding one. In chapter III, bass and rhythm accompaniments are included for many of the examples. Matching the pitch and articulation with a rhythm background will not only assist in warming up, stretching, and building stamina, but will make your practice a more pleasurable experience.

  • Introduction 
  • Chapter I: WARM-UPS 
  • Non-Instrument Warm-Ups 
  • Wrist Rotations 
  • Hand Stretches 
  • Finger Stretches 
  • Warm-Ups with Instrument 
  • Across the Fingerboard 
  • 1-6 Position Switching 
  • 6-1 Position Switching 
  • Chapter II: STRETCHES 
  • 4-1 Finger Stretch 
  • 3-1 Finger Stretch 
  • 2-1 Finger Stretch 
  • 4-2 Finger Stretch 
  • 4-3 Finger Stretch 
  • In Position Modal Scales 
  • Aeolian Stretch 
  • lonian Stretch 
  • Mixo-Lydian Stretch 
  • The Crab 
  • Pick and Fingers 
  • The Spider Web Stretch 
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