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Open Position Drills

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Each drill presents all of the open position notes in random order.

Goal: Play each drill at a steady tempo without a mistake.

Practice Speed: Slow.


  1. Thoroughly practice one note at a time before trying to keep a steady beat.
  2. Check the chart if you forget a note.
  3. To help you learn the notes, the fingering is simplified for these drills: finger 1 plays fret 1 always, finger 2 plays fret 2, finger 3 plays fret 3, and finger 4 plays fret 4.
  4. Always use P for the right hand.
*If you need help identifying any notes, use the Note Finder


  • Lesson 1: Use the “One Note at a Time” method to practice through one or more drills. Say the note name, string, and fret out loud for each note.
  • Lesson 2: Play along with the video to check your work.
  • Lesson 3: Practice with a steady beat. It may take several days of practice on a drill before you’re ready to keep time.
  • Lesson 4: Play along with the video to check your work.
  • Lesson 5: Repeat this process until you’ve played all of the drills.

Final Thoughts

Since the notes are random, the drills probably won't sound very musical to you. However, this is an excellent test for your mind. This is an opportunity to make sure you are truly perfecting the "One Note at a Time Method" instead of depending on your ear.

Even though the fingering is simplified here and in other exercises, remember to closely follow the fingerings in actual music.

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