Left hand stretching exercise

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Left hand stretching exercise

Post by David_Norton » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:02 pm

Here's a movable left-hand stretching exercise I came up with. Major scale, 1 1/2 octaves, with the third as a treble pedal point. Fully movable fret to fret. Probably something like this already exists, but I don't recall ever seeing it before.
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by riffmeister » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:49 pm

fretboard yoga! :)

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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by ronjazz » Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:36 pm

Well done! I would recommend starting at the higher positions and moving down towards the nut initially to avoid strain.
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by Mihailo » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:02 pm

I like it! Very innovative, although I would take ronjazz's advice. The strain starts to appear after some time. But that's a minor suggestion, good job on the exercise!
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by David_Norton » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:44 pm

I had a bit of skin cancer removed from the back of my left hand last July. The cancerous spot itself was about the size of a pinto bean, but "to be safe" the surgeon cut out a plug 4x as large in each direction -- roughly the size of a US quarter -- to make sure there weren't any micro-tentacles going elsewhere. Since then, the elasticity of my hand in making large stretches has been noticeably less than previously. So I came up with this one (inspired by bars 3 & 4 of Barrios' "Estudio inconcluso") to force the issue. It seems to help.

I find it hard to believe this exercise is "original". but as I said above, I've not seen it printed anywhere.
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by Mark Featherstone » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:56 am

Thank you for posting this, David. By coincidence, I am in the midst of hunting for LH stretching exercises. I may well use your exercise, but I will drop the E in the 3rd measure to Eb, and in the 4th measure I will drop the A on the 3rd string to Ab. Without those flatted notes, those stretches would be less of a challenge than the initial stretch from A (4th finger on 1st string) to F (1st finger on 6th string).
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by David_Norton » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:41 am

Mark Featherstone wrote: Without those flatted notes, those stretches would be less of a challenge than the initial stretch from A (4th finger on 1st string) to F (1st finger on 6th string).
That's true, but I devised this to use the major scale. Your approach is a fine technical way, but my ear cringes with that flatted 7th. If nothing else, flat the A on 6th as well, so you end up with a natural minor scale.

Heck, do both ways!
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by Mark Featherstone » Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:40 am

David_Norton wrote:
Mark Featherstone wrote: Without those flatted notes, those stretches would be less of a challenge than the initial stretch from A (4th finger on 1st string) to F (1st finger on 6th string).
That's true, but I devised this to use the major scale. Your approach is a fine technical way, but my ear cringes with that flatted 7th. If nothing else, flat the A on 6th as well, so you end up with a natural minor scale.

Heck, do both ways!
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by Jeff Whitney » Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:54 pm

"Having incorporated into my daily routine "Odair's Favorite Drill" on p 23 of Scott Tennant's Pumping Nylon, I can take any amount of discord."

Agreed Mark, that is a good one. Also the "spider" that is in the same book, is something that helps to warm-up my fingers.
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by Mark Featherstone » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:34 pm

Jeff Whitney wrote:"Having incorporated into my daily routine "Odair's Favorite Drill" on p 23 of Scott Tennant's Pumping Nylon, I can take any amount of discord."

Agreed Mark, that is a good one. Also the "spider" that is in the same book, is something that helps to warm-up my fingers.
Yes, thanks, Jeff. I should be using that one as well.
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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by hildegardofbingen » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:39 pm

Great thanks for the exercise. Instead of moving up and down the fretboard, I tried just holding my fingers in place to loosen them up. Then moved either one up or down depending on position. Maybe I'll do the entire Fred board one day (sigh)

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Re: Left hand stretching exercise

Post by Jack Douglas » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:55 pm

Hi David,
I just saw this. Looks like a really good left hand gym session! Thanks.
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