Watch the Pinkie Melody Etude: D online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Fingerstyle Milestones
There's a tough little exercise that I want to give you now, but you're going to need to get started using more difficult positions. I want to be able to give you some exercises that get you used to stretching your hand out and reaching for notes. This one is using a slide with a pinkey, and as I've said before the pinkey is our weakest point that we need to constantly work on and strengthen. This exercise is D using that bar position, then I go to the G, then the A and I use that position and my hand changes position a little bit when I switch to the A, then back to the D. So that's what it looks like, so now what we do is the high slide down and pull of with the pinkey, while keeping the thumb going. This is where the real fun begins! I'll do that really slowly for you now. Let me point out a few things, when I'm doing this I can feel my thumb, the outside of the palm, and part of my ring finger all starting to ache, and that's normal. That means we're really using all of the muscles and building the strength in our left hand that we are going to need to be good players and play with clarity. Clarity takes strength and strength gives us control, and that is what we need with our left hand in order to play well, okay? Hope you enjoyed that exercise.