If You're Concerned About Boring Solos Always Try This

Embellishment, dynamics and note articulation by way of finger slides are something that often tends to be missing from many intermediate and advanced guitar soloists. And, two of the weakest fret-hand fingers for this technique are the 3rd and the 4th. Once these fingers are integrated with confidence a guitarists feel for soloing will shoot through the roof... 

This lesson is all about improving the level of skill when it comes to scale position shifting with the 3rd and 4th fingers. These fingers are generally very weak. However, once developed they are great to develop and use when we play a melodic phrase.

the 3rd and 4th fingers work excellent for connecting ascending melodic statements that are being playing up into higher fret-board regions.

Slides are also one of the coolest sounds that we have available to us when we’re working laterally along the neck to be able to extend the range of any of our scale ideas.

Once we master the slide technique with our weakest fingers of 3rd and 4th, we definitely  have a higher level of ability in place for playing more laterally along the span of the neck using these weaker fingers for connecting our melody lines.


The first thing I want to do is start by playing through a short (4-note) scale line with the 3rd finger sliding over to a new position. I’ve got a simple phrase here that you can learn which focuses on this 3rd finger style of slide for you, here’s how it sounds…

Example 1).  Simple 3rd finger slide (key of D Minor)

The slide move that we just played in example one was obviously a fairly simple example. So, let’s expand on this “3rd finger slide” idea by learning a slightly more advanced phrase that covers more strings and more positions…

Example 2). Advanced 3rd finger slide (key of D Minor)

Next, we’ll study a 4th finger approach that applies the string slides. To get started we’ll play through a simple idea that uses another short melodic phrase.

Example 3). Simple 4th finger slide (key of D Minor)

Next, we’ll expand on the use of the fourth finger slide technique by studying a more involved phrase. The next melodic idea that I have for you will shift from the 4th position all the way up into the 9th position. Each shift will be done using the fret-hands 4th finger.

Example 4). 

As you can tell moving across the guitar neck with 3rd and 4th finger slides is an excellent way to change positions along the guitar neck.

The real trick to getting good at the application of these types of movements is going to be through planning. And, that means you’ll need to work out slide phrases and start practicing them on your lead ideas when you study improvising.

These weak finger slides are excellent technique practice, plus they allow for variations on fingering patterns which help you in a lot of other areas too.

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