Non-musical scales VI.



This particular kind of exercise does not need picking, as its sole purpose is to stretch the fingers and make them independent from each other. Some familiar with classical music might know the technique of trilling (tr), where the musician rapidly alternates between two adjacent notes typically being a semitone or a tone apart. A typical, and considerably long, example of this is the very end of the Winter movement (Largo) of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons. You can watch the whole movement performed by the musical genius Itzhak Perlman:




The technique of trilling is especially hard when played on the piano, as the pianist has to quickly alternate between two piano keys, physically pressing them (as opposed to the guitar, where trilling is really an alternating series of hammer-ons and pull-offs). In the case of the guitar, the two adjacent notes may be different from a semitone or a tone; basically any finger combination involving higher intervals is possible.


Let's get started at the G note (3rd fret) of the E1 string. Of course, you can transpose this to any desired fret position.












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