August 2017



Right-Hand Scale Fingerings & String Crossing Exercises

A published printing from 1980 by Christopher Berg (



The scale exercises listed below are from an article by Christopher Berg from a publication in 1980 titled "Guitar Master Class: Technical Exercises by Famous Guitarists" that presents not only the popular a-m-i right hand pattern, but utilizes all of the right hand combination possibilities available to guitarists. This will aid guitarists in developing a well-rounded right hand technique for scale playing and applying valuable string-crossing exercises to these patterns to adequately perform various technical/musical situations in the extant repertoire of the classical guitar.

It is important to note that since the time of the publication, Christopher Berg recommends adding the right-hand finger combination i-a to the list of finger combinations. All of the right-hand finger combinations for scale playing can also be found in his current technique book Mastering Guitar Technique: Process & Essence by Mel Bay Publications in Lesson 23.



Sherrod, Ronald J. Guitar Master Class: Technical Exercises By Famous Guitarists and Teachers. Melville, N.Y: Belwin Mills, 1980.




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