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If I'm practicing, and thinking of playing a certain scale, I usually don't have a problem with this - but when I improv stuff, or am just shredding, my fingers get lazy. If I'm playing a basic 3nps pattern, my fingers want to keep doing the same thing when I go up and down a string.

Eg: If I'm playing 12-14-15 on a string, and I go to the next string, my head wants to just keep 12-14-15 for the fretting. I don't know when I picked this habit up, but it's driving me nuts. :lol:

I've been using this for practice to try and break the habit - basically just alternating the position of the middle note.



It's alright - about as boring as everything else you do with a metronome, really. What are some other ways that I can get my fingers out of the little rut they're in?
 

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Someone here (I think Sean?) hooked me up with some good finger independence drills, I'll try and find them.
 

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Work on 2 different scale sequences:

E -------5 8 5 7 8 7 5
B 5 7 8----------------8 7

3 and 4
E -------5 8 7 8
B 5 8 7

5 and 7
E----------- 8 7 5 7 8 7 5
B 5 7 8 7 5

this ascends groups of 3
E-----------5----5 7 5 7 8 7 5
B 5 7 8 7 8--8-----------------8 7 5

etc

Then make runs by combining them:
this uses the first sequence, followed by a shift to the 8th fret and the sequence of 5 and 7
E -------5 8 7 5 7 8 7 5-------------------12 10 8 10 12 10 8 12
B 5 7 8 -----------------8 7 8 10 12 10 8

Given time, you can just play whatever patterns you want, while improvising

patterns like this:
5 8 7
5 8 7

tend to be pretty useless IMO. You cant play them fast and they don't sound good, they sound like mechanical exercises with a rhythm that is predictable.
 

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This is a bit of a finger twister but will actually iron out the problem. My old guitar teacher used to do his one with me. More for picking synchronisation but it looks like it will do the trick with this as well. He could play this at scary speeds. Like 16th trips at 140 or so.

Its played in triplets btw. dunno how to tab them.
e--------------------------------------------------
b--------------------------------------------------
g--------------------------------------------------
d--------------------------------------------------
a---------------5-7-5-8-7-8-7-5----5------------
e-5-7-5-8-7-8--------------------8----8-7-------

e--------------------------------------------------
b--------------------------------------------------
g--------------------------------------------------
d--------------------------------------------------
a---------------5-6-5-8-6-8-6-5----6------------
e-5-6-5-8-6-8--------------------8----8-7-------

e--------------------------------------------------
b--------------------------------------------------
g--------------------------------------------------
d---------------5-7-5-8-7-8-7-5---5-------------
a----------------------------------8---8-7--------
e-5-7-5-8-7-8------------------------------------

e--------------------------------------------------
b--------------------------------------------------
g--------------------------------------------------
d---------------5-6-5-8-6-8-6-5----5------------
a-5-6-5-8-6-8--------------------8---------------
e----------------------------------------8-6-------
 

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It's all good, my mind is only capable of playing triplets these days anyway. I'll give that a shot - thanks man. :yesway:
 
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