How to Do Finger Exercise #1 | Guitar Lessons

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To play the guitar well, you need to get your fingers to work independently from one another. This finger exercise will help you do that.

Lets talk about finger exercises. What we’re going to do here is we’re trying to get your fingers to work independently from each other, right. So, a very simple exercise that we can do sounds like this- one, two ,three, four, four, three, two, one, right. You could do that. Now notice I’m stretching across four frets at the end there and I’m leaving them all down. That’s important because you really want the sensation of just one finger moving every time, right. Then you can move up one fret and do the same thing, right. You can just keep moving up the whole guitar neck. Now you’re not trying to go fast you’re just trying to make everything work together. That doesn’t happen with speed, right. That happens with careful planning, right, every time, right. Now, once you’ve reached a certain spot on the guitar it’s up to you. I like the twelfth fret. We can try to go backwards now, right. So, why don’t we do the whole thing backwards which is four, three, two, one, one, two, three, four. Same thing, we’re going to move down one fret and do the same thing four,three, two, one,one, two, three, four. Nice and even, right. It doesn’t matter how slow you do it. And then all the way down, right. Now, another thing you can do here is we can try and alternate pick. Now this is not an easy thing. This would be the second level after you’ve already mastered that exercise with all down picks. The next thing you might want to try is alternate picking. Remember, that’s down, up, down, up, or up, however you want to think about it, but it’s alternating the direction, right. And so now you’re adding a whole new level of what you’re doing here. Right,now that might take a while to put together so don’t get frustrated. It took me a long time to be able to do that. And, of course, we can do it backwards. Same concept we’re going backwards and alternating picking. And you work your way all the way back down. And it’s a great exercise, not only on the first string, but you can do it on the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth. You can do it while watching TV, reading the computer. It’s a great exercise to gain finger independence.

19 comments

  1. Yeah but he’s not using an acoustic. Acoustics are bigger and the frets are spread apart more. Not the same.

  2. BBGaming&Tutorials

    you know why guitarists get most chicks?
    because they have the best fingering…..
    ok i will see myself out.

  3. lets practice fingering a minor

  4. Kemar Robinson

    this is a great exercise for me thanks I needed it

  5. NATIONALIST CHANNEL

    congrats for 6M

  6. Where is your nail bro πŸ˜€

  7. Angel Carreras

    I just started doing this yesterday. Fingers sore. Thank you very much for taking time to teach others.

  8. I thought it would be "fingering"

  9. pritish Sarkar

    sir u r great

  10. Any Advice On The Settings On The Amplifier I Would Really Appreciate It Thanks!:)

  11. For those of you who are having a hard time hearing the sound when you press down on the string make sure you are pressing hard on the strings for ALL fingers then you should be able to hear it after that

  12. Reading the computer? Let me just whip out chapter 95 of "Windows XP: The Adventure".

  13. gosh..my pinky finger just can't reach the fourth fret…what should I do?!??

  14. I am having a hard time with my short pinky i ugh……

  15. Lone Wolf Music Productions

    Thank you for this great exercise. It has been about 15 years since I have picked up a guitar and this is exactly what I was looking for.

  16. wtf my fingers don't do this. Its frustrating. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhrgh

  17. ANONAKI ASUREGOD

    show first what is your speed first

  18. I needed this. Thank you πŸ˜€

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