Lesson: Skipping Strings Right Hand Exercise

This exercise is from my book Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and ArpeggiosThe 122 page book includes: Practice Routines, Tips, 100 Open String Exercises, 120 Giuliani Arpeggios, Scales, Slur Exercises, Shifts, Finger Independence, Barre, Tremolo, Common Harmonics, and much more. YouTube Video Link.

This is exercise No.11 (on page 14) from my 100 open string exercises in my technique book. Practicing open string exercises allows you to focus solely on the right hand and really examine your right hand technique. You might think these exercises are easy but you need to ask yourself: Can I play basic exercises as well as a professional guitarist? Is my tone good? Could my legato sound be better? Am I truly relaxed and accurate when I play?

Always alternate the fingers in all the combos and practice with both rest and free stroke:

  • Two finger combinations: i-m / m-i / m-a / a-m / i-a / a-i
  • Three Finger Combinations: a-m-i / a-i-m / m-i-a / m-a-i / i-a-m / i-m-a

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  1. This is such an excellent video, Bradford. I can see myself spending quite a while practicing these lessons. I’m having surgery on my left thumb in March followed by 8 – 10 weeks of recuperation. These open string exercises give me plenty to do during my recovery.