Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy The Essential “In Focus” Course The “Octave Jump” Exercise… to Improve Fretting and Picking Hand Accuracy and Co-Ordination Go to the previous video Click Here to Go to the Next Video In Focus Course Home
This exercise will do wonders for my playing no doubt about it. I get quite frustrated with hitting the wrong strings. It`s one of my weak points.The D string is the worse. It seams to play tricks with me!
Ace, glad to hear it. I remember that feeling! Keep at it. This is a great exercise that will really help!
I love this exercise! I have been looking for something that would help my hands get in tune with each other.
Ace, pleased to hear it. It is a key exercise to do. Good work, Ken!
After your email this morning referring to this exercise, I only wish I had known about it 4 months ago. But better late than never. Four months ago started learning Let it Be, where every other time you play the F chord immediately afterward you pick twice in succession the D string, playing the E note 2nd fret than the D note open string before transitioning to the C chord. 50% of the time I’d miss the D string hitting either the A string or G string. So frustrating waiting for the muscle memory to kick in where you’d hit… Read more »
That is good it is helping already, Don. It can be so frustrating hitting wrong strings. Glad to hear it is helping already. Keep at it, and it will help you build the control needed, and then a little later, it will start helping your songs. Keep it up.
This is a fun exercise. My challenge is to keep at a steady pace, not speeding and slowing down. So…… another good exercise to use my metronome with.
Excellent, yeah, this exercise with some click work becomes extra powerful!
A good exercise to get a fix on picking hand accuracy
Yeah, I love this one! A really powerful exercise for sure!
not only is this a great exercise to work on the accuracy and coordination. But doing different notes and learning the notes on the keyboard! Brilliant..
You hit the nail on the head with that. A double whammy of useful fun indeed. 🙂
Great lesson! I’ll keep working on it to improve my coordination and improve my fretboard orienteering. I need improvement in all areas for sure and I must be more patient with myself!
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. A very powerful little lesson this for sure. Yeah, be patient, it’s so important and keep enjoying the journey! 🙂
A great simple exercise that will gain great benefits. Adding this one to my daily warm up routine.
Thanks, yeah, this is a really powerful one. Glad you like it. 🙂
You are an awesome teacher! The only teacher that I have ever had that takes it slow and build up your speed! Excellent!
Thanks, James, very kind of you to say. Pleased you’re enjoying the lessons and making some really good progress! 🙂
This may help fix a bad habit I have with my left hand position, too. I tend to slip into cradling the neck, which I know pulls my stubby fingers out of position. By just working this octave jump, I can see where it will train that hand. Thanks!
Great stuff, Jim. Glad to hear how this will help and the awareness you’re showing with your playing and technique! Keep up the top work! 🙂