Keni Lee's video lessons are great, and I'm having fun learning with them. I play fretless 3 string, both with a slide and fingering, using finger picks. I've worked out these exercises for myself to accompany Kenni's CD4 in I-V-I tuning. Each line of 4 bars is an exercise I repeat for about 2-5 minutes (some exercises are only 2 bars, with 2 left blank). The right hand fingerings are indicated over the tab, and left hand is either slide or fingering notes, I do both. The goals of these exercises are to improve my knowledge of the fretboard and various fingerpicking patterns. I'm no teacher, and I'm not really available to answer questions about these exercises, please refer to Kenni's instructional video CD4. These are not songs, they are exercises only.

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bars 1-4: 1st string major scale with alternating bass line

bars 5-8: 1st string rolling major scale with alternating bass line

bars 9-12: cross-neck major scale

bars 13-16: rolling cross-neck major scale

bars 17-20: 2nd string major scale with 1st string major III harmony and also "galloping" picking pattern

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Comment by Swamp Dawg Primal Music on January 26, 2013 at 2:00am
Comment by Swamp Dawg Primal Music on January 25, 2013 at 10:41pm

I'll make a blog post on reading tab, it's simple once you know how, but someone's gotta explain it to you, so I'll try. It's not the first time I've been asked, so I'll do some 'splainin.

Comment by Redbelly on January 22, 2013 at 9:18am

Thank you for putting so much effort. I am a newbie. Where can I get an explanation of Tabs. I know what the numbers mean. In the first line does 0 above 0 mean that they are played as one and that 2 is played immediately after. What does the "bridge joining 0/0 and 2 mean? I am only interested in the first line at this stage. I have tried to "Tab" some Australian fork songs at this stage as well as Amazing Grace (don't we all)



Thank you

Comment by Swamp Dawg Primal Music on January 22, 2013 at 8:29am

PK, I'm just starting to use this practice scheme, instead of just random scales. It's not as easy as it looks, as I'm focusing on alternating picking fingers, so it kinda screws me up a bit, but that's why I'm separating practice from playing, so I can work on weak spots and eliminate bad habits. I chose the full major scale because by learning it and drilling it into my head, I can easily modify it into minor, pentatonics and blues scales. This is the first truly organized written approach I'm doing, and I expect to do others every few weeks as I feel the need to work on things.

Comment by The Phrygian Kid on January 21, 2013 at 1:57am
That's good stuff! Especially the sixes at the end there, great work.
I recommend you take a look at shaving it down to maj penta for a while...
Cos that makes a real convenient 'Lego brick'.. Sure you can drop that iv and vii back in and be where you are now.. Or you can drop the seven and go mixo or raise the four and write another groenig theme... ;)

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