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Here are some exercises I used when I was learning. Repeat!

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Comment by Mike Goldston on December 8, 2012 at 1:55pm

Hello Randy, I've been practicing pick exercises and doing OK except on the one which requires the hammer-on's and pull-off's.  Practice, practice, practice.

Thank you again. If there are more exercises available, I would like to attempt them.

The link you posted does not seem to work for me.

Regards, Mike

Comment by Randy Adams on November 29, 2012 at 8:33pm

Makes me happy you are getting some good out of it Mike! You have the right idea about practice. Get in there and repeat and repeat. Practice when you don't really feel like it!'ll get into it. It works! You'll get better!

Comment by Mike Goldston on November 29, 2012 at 1:08pm

Hello Randy, Discovered your video Flatpick Basics yesterday.  I am just beginning to learn about flat picking. Practiced using your Tabs last night.  They are challenging, but just what I need to get started, I think.  Thank you very much.  I hope I can do these exercises as smoothly and precisely as you one day.  Regards, Mike

Comment by Randy Adams on September 2, 2011 at 8:44pm

Here are some flatpick exercises w/accompanying vid already on different thread here at FOTMD. Thought they may be of use here also.




Comment by Randy Adams on August 23, 2011 at 7:44am
I'm glad the vid & tabs are helpful. Thank you Dusty for the explanation for Brenda.
Comment by Dusty Turtle on August 23, 2011 at 1:25am

Thanks so much, Randy, for sharing this.  I've been meaning to get serious about my technique and these exercises are great. The scale work you do resembles the scales I used to work on when I thought I was going to learn bluegrass guitar.  But I really like the arpeggio-like stuff you do at the end.  Really cool.


Brenda, those are "p"s and "h"s, I think, meaning pull-off and hammer-on. Flatpicking and fingerpicking refer to right hand techniques.  Fingerpicking involves using the fingers and flatpicking refers to picking with flat pick held between the thumb and index finger.  Some folks fingerpick with fingerpicks, but even without fingerpicks, if you pick with your fingers you are fingerpicking.  (Is that as confusing as it seems or did I just invent a new tongue twister?)  A chord is simply a group of three notes played at once. If you only play the melody on the melody strings and let the bass and middle strings ring out, you are playing in a drone style. Technically, two drone notes and a melody note make a chord, but chording usually refers to playing chords across all three strings on the dulcimer.  Modern chord/melody style of play can be done using either fingerpicking or flatpicking techniques.  I don't know if these quick responses have explained anything. You might pose these questions as new forum topics in the Beginner group. I'm sure there people will explain everything in more detail and posts examples of each style of play.

Comment by Brenda Joyce Rivers on August 22, 2011 at 10:20pm
I want to learn to do this!  What exactly is flatpicking?  I think I have an idea, but I'm not sure if it's right.  Are you picking the strings downward for every note?  It is hard to see what your hand is doing that's picking.  What are the "P"s and "L"s (?) mean?  I am pretty new to the dulcimer, but can play songs strumming and playing the melody strings and using a noter.  I'm still confused about fingerpicking, flatpicking, and chords.  Thanks so much?  I love the sound of this!
Comment by Phil Myers on August 22, 2011 at 12:50pm
Thanks Randy!
Comment by Brian G. on August 21, 2011 at 9:36pm
I'm sure lots of people are going to find this very useful.  Thank you for posting it. :)
Comment by John Keane on August 21, 2011 at 9:22pm
Very helpful and appreciated!

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