Finger Picking Exercise Forward Roll

Hey there, Tony Polecastro. Today we’re going to look at the forward roll. This is a great right-hand warm-up for the guitar and kind of an entry into finger picking. I think you’ll find it pretty easy.

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What we’re going to do is take our thumb, pointer and middle. Those are going to compose the three elements of the forward roll. The pattern is going to be this; thumb, pointer, middle, thumb, pointer, middle, thumb, middle. The thumb is going to be attached to the low E-string, the pointer to the B-string, and the middle to the high-E and we’re going to form a G-chord. 

We’re going to execute that pattern. It’s all eight notes, one, and two, and three, and four, and … and you can do it for as long as you wish. You don’t have to just do one section. You can do it over the whole card. You can actually do it over a whole song. And since we’re just doing it over a G chord I feel the need to remind you you can take this pattern to any chord. We’re going to have a look at the forward roll right now.


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