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Improve your Finger Strength

Alexander Harnisch

Guitar Teacher, Singer & Songwriter

Copyright 2015 Alexander Harnisch.


All rights reserved
Version 001
About this Book
This Training Manual covers 30 different finger-strengthening exercises. You should practise
these exercises slowly and accurately before speeding up. Most of the exercises can and
should also be played on different fret positions. The fingerings attached to the notes are the
ones I normally use when playing these exercises. Feel free using your own fingerings.
This book is equally suitable for beginners and advanced Flatpickers.

About the Author


The singer and Songwriter Alexander Harnisch alias John Scrivo, born in So Paulo Brazil,
enjoyed the feeling of Bossa Nova and the soccer euphoria at the beach of the Copacabana as
a child. For family reasons he grew up with two mother languages, Portuguese and English.

One day he bought an electrical guitar and rehearsed all the solos played by the "Fab Four".
An interesting musical mixture was born now.

His Austrian stepfather born in Vienna, a connoisseur of the Jazz Music, brought him to Big
Bands, Vocal Groups and last but not least to Gypsy Swing. His guitar heroes like Django
Reinhardt, Birli Lagrne, Stochelo Rosenberg and many others became a part of his instru-
mental life as a guitar player.

Downstroke versus Upstroke


In this book all examples are played with a downstroke when changing strings in both directi-
ons. Its not really necessary to stick to that technique when playing a jazz guitar or a steel-
string acoustic guitar but to my opinion it sounds better. Alternate only when playing multiple
notes on the same string. When playing triplets, play down-up-down - down-up-down and so
on.
EXERCISE 01

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EXERCISE 02

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EXERCISE 03

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EXERCISE 04

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EXERCISE 05

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EXERCISE 06

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EXERCISE 07

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EXERCISE 08

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EXERCISE 09

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EXERCISE 10

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EXERCISE 11

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EXERCISE 12

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EXERCISE 13

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EXERCISE 14

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EXERCISE 15

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EXERCISE 16

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EXERCISE 17

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EXERCISE 18

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EXERCISE 19

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EXERCISE 20

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EXERCISE 21

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EXERCISE 22

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EXERCISE 23

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EXERCISE 24

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EXERCISE 25

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EXERCISE 26

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EXERCISE 27

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EXERCISE 28

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EXERCISE 29

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EXERCISE 30

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The singer and Songwriter Alexander Harnisch alias John
Scrivo, born in So Paulo Brazil, enjoyed the feeling of
Bossa Nova and the soccer euphoria at the beach of the
Copacabana as a child. For family reasons he grew up
with two mother languages, Portuguese and English. One
day he bought an electrical guitar and rehearsed all the
solos played by the "Fab Four". An interesting musical
mixture was born now.
His Austrian stepfather born in Vienna, a connoisseur of
the Jazz Music, brought him to Big Bands, Vocal Groups
and last but not least to Gypsy Swing. His guitar heroes
like Django Reinhardt, Birli Lagrne, Stochelo Rosen-
berg and many others became a part of his instrumental
life as a guitar player.
Alexander Harnisch
alias John Scrivo
Guitar Tutor, Singer & Songwriter