2011 Bob Culbertson
Warm-up & Alphabet

This is a simple exercise for a warm-up, and to locate a few notes. In the first diagram fig 1 you see the letters in red (A B C D E F G A). These are the notes in the bass side. I chose these notes because they are easy to remember, (it is the alphabet) and also it is a good position to start with. You will also see a "blueA " on the 12th fret. This is the note you will play in the melody hand. The first step is to play the notes in the bass side in 1/4 notes (one note per beat) starting with A and continuing through the alphabet until you get to the second A. Use your first finger for A then your second finger for B etc; so the fingering is as follows: A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=1, F=2, G=3, A=4
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The second diagram Fig 2 shows in standard tabliture, the melody hand playing 1/4 notes and the bass hand playing the alphabet in 1/4th notes. This is a good starting point. After you feel comfortable with this, change the melody hand to 1/2 notes. Next make the bass hand 1/2 notes and return the melody to 1/4 notes. This is a good beginning warm-up exercise.