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Doing "The Crab"

posted Aug 30, 2012, 9:54 PM by Alex Rogowski   [ updated Aug 30, 2012, 9:54 PM ]

Here is a set of variations on an exercise for the left hand fingers generally known, depending on your source, as “the crab,” “crab walk” or “spider.” Although nonspecific, the basic idea behind it usually involves four fingers, one per fret, systematically creeping between two strings. 

In the first two sets, the finger patterns start at the third fret on the 5th and 2nd strings – of course this is a DIY study so vary as needed. Beyond that the only advice I’ll give here is that it is probably best to hold the notes for their full (written) duration. You’ll find more suggestions for study at the end of the pdf.

Link to The Crab Walk Variations here


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