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Example 4 – Finger Gym – Guitar Techniques

This lesson is about finger independence.  We are going to use the same 4 notes, but the approach will be a little bit different.  We will play these notes in the following order, 1 3 2 4 (these are your finger numbers). 

It may take a little bit of time to get used to these variations.  Start slowly, if you notice that you are loosing your concentration – stop, relax and try again.



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Example 3 – Finger Gym – Guitar Techniques

In this session we are going to use the same concept I described in lesson number 2, but now we will apply this to all six strings. This will create a circular repetitive pattern that you can use as a warm-up.

As usual remember don’t speed up at the beginning, pay attention to the quality of your playing. Over time you will be able to play this faster and faster, so stay patient.




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Example 2 – Finger Gym – Guitar Techniques

This is another chromatic exercise. We are going to use again all 4 fingers. This variation is a little bit different as we are going to shift the positions.

Don’t worry about the speed, pay attention to quality. The speed will eventually come.


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Example 1 – Finger Gym – Guitar Techniques

The idea behind this exercise is to help you develop finger strength and independence. It will also improve your picking technique. In this exercise we are going to use all 4 fingers. I am going to use alternate picking – it simply means that I am going to pick the string down and up.

To play this exercise, position your 1st finger on the 1st string, 1st fret, your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret 1st string, 3rd finger on the 3rd fret 1st string and your 4th finger on the 4th fret 1st string. This is our initial position. If you struggle with the stretch, try to start a little bit higher on the neck. The frets are a little bit closer and it will be a little bit easier to play. As you get better, you can move the starting position closer to the first fret. Remember, never play through the pain! You could hurt your hand. Try to relax as much as possible.


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