How To Develop Finger Strength Speed And Dexterity. Part I

author: evo62 date: 04/02/2010 category: for beginners
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Hello good people; firstly may I say thankyou for spending some of Your valuable time to view my lesson; I hope You enjoy it and get something out of it. Now let's get started. Things You will need: 1. A guitar (stating the obvious, I am) 2. A pick (2mm for shredders;)) 3. An amp (optional). 4. A lot of practice time. 5. A metronome (very helpful!!) 6. A tuner. 7. Some bandages for when Your hands beegin to bleed ;) JOKE. Okay first of all, if Your hands begin to hurt after doing some of the following exercises I am about to show You; STOP! Yeah, put Your axe down right now and go take a break. :) Now the key to building strength, dexterity, speed and general technique is perseverance and a lot of commitment. The first thing I am going to explain to You is something which I feel is very important to help a guitarist at any level, none less than to a beginner. The dreaded METRONOME. A metronome is a mechanical or technical device which is used to set the exact tempo of a musical piece. There are very affordable Korg metronomes with inbuilt tuners for around 15-20, although I personally reckon You could probably find them cheaper on Fleebay. Basically the general tempo to begin learning a piece/scale/exercise would be 60BPM (beats per minute). This would basically mean 1 beat per second 1 beat in each second in a minute (60 seconds) = 1x60 = 60bpm. Okay, now when one has gotten comfortable with that tempo, knock it up by 2-6 bpm and continue doing so until You can play the piece/exercise to a standard which satisfies You and suits Your needs/goals/aims. The next thing I shall talk about is ALTERNATE PICKING. Alternate picking is a playing technique, that employs strictly alternating downward and upward picking strokes in a continuous run, and is the most common method of plectrum playing. If the technique is performed on a single note at a high speed, then it is referred to as tremolo picking. Now there are a few rules for alternate picking; here they are. 1) BE LOOSE AND DO NOT BE TENSE/STRAINED - The less tension you have when you pick, the faster you will be able to play and the less muscle strain you will suffer. Do not clench the pick too tightly when picking really fast. Just chillax and try to be loose. ;) 2) SMALL STROKES = TIGHT PICKING - Economy motion is key essential. This means you must try to avoid as much motion between pick strokes as possible. The less that you have to move your hand, the faster you can return to pick the string. 3) WHATEVER YOU DO - do NOT pick from Your elbow! This can cause injury which can put You out of guitar permanently or temporarily; either way, reversibility is quite likely to occur. It also takes a lot more energy/effort/time to pick from Your elbow as opposed to Your wrist. Here we go with the long awaited exercises!!! Just remember to start slowly with Your metronome set to 60bpm and slowly up the tempo ;) Remember to ALTERNATE PICK!! down-up-down-up; nice and clean. A good idea is to play without an amp or even on clean mode so You can fully hear the notes which You are playing. So here we go.
  D U D U D U D U   D U D U D U D U   D U D U D U D U
e|-----------------|-----------------|---------1-2-3-4-|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-1-2-3-4---------|
G|-----------------|---------1-2-3-4-|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-1-2-3-4---------|-----------------|
A|---------1-2-3-4-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-1-2-3-4---------|-----------------|-----------------|
Once You begin to get the hang of that, have a stab at this exercise, it is actually a scale, known as the PENTATONIC SCALE; it is a very good chop builder for guitarists of all levels and should not be neglected, this particular little example is shown in A Minor, however this is a moveable scale and so You can play it wherever, for example, Your fingers are unable to stretch very far as You are only beginning guitar playing; You could however, play this at position at the twelfth fret. REMEMBER: ALTERNATE PICKING AND METRONOME AT 60BPM PEOPLE!
    D U   D   U D U  D  U D  U  D  U  D U  D U  D  U  D  U  D U  D
e|------------------------------5--8--5----------------------------
B|------------------------5--8----------8--5-----------------------
G|-------------------5--7--------------------7--5------------------
D|--------------5--7-------------------------------7--5------------
A|---------5--7------------------------------------------7--5------
E|--5--8------------------------------------------------------8--5-
Next up is the A Maj scale, be sure to take Your time with this and play all of the notes cleanly with alternate picking. :)
  D  U  D  D  U  D D  U D  U  D D  U  D  U   D  U  D  D  U  U  U  D
E--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------0--2--4--5---------------------------|
G-----------------------0--2--3-----------------------2--2-----------|
D------------------1--2----------------------------2--------2--------|
A----------0--2--4---------------------------0--4--------------0--4--|
E--0--2--4-----------------------------------------------------------|
Once You get that You're on Your way and so I shall leave You with a few more scales/exercises to practice and I hope You have ofund this lesson very useful; all constructuve criticism and feedback is very much appreciated but please go easy on me! I AM ONLY 14 (well 15 in 5 days) ;)
Bb
e-------------------------------1--3--5--6---------------------------------
B-----------------------1--3--4---------------------------------------------
G---------------0--2--3-----------------------------0--0--------------------
D-------0--1--3-------------------------------0---3------3--0---------------
A--1--3------------------------------------1------------------1-------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
E MAJOR
E--------------------------------------------0--------------------------|
B-----------------------------------0--2--4-----------------------------|
G------------------------------1--2-------------------------------------|
D---------------------1--2--4-------------------------2--2--------------|
A------------0--2--4--------------------------------2------2------------|
E---0--2--4------------------------------------0--4----------4--0-------|
 
F MAJOR
E-----------------------------------------0--1---------------------------|
B-----------------------------------1--3---------------------------------|
G--------------------------0--2--4---------------------------------------|
D-----------------0--2--3-------------------------------3--3-------------|
A---------0--1--3---------------------------------0--3-------3--0--------|
E---1--3---------------------------------------1-------------------1-----|
 
G MAJOR
E---------------------------------------0--2--3---------------------------|
B------------------------------0--1--3------------------------------------|
G------------------------0--2--------------------------------0--0---------|
D---------------0--2--4-----------------------------------0--------0------|
A------0--2--3-----------------------------------------2-------------2----|
E---3-----------------------------------------------3------------------3--|
 
RANDOM NOODLING SCALE LOL (FUN WITH HAMMERONS LOL).
|------------------------1-3-4-5---------------|
|---------------------2-4----------------------|
|--------------0-1-2-3-------------------------|
|-----------1-3--------------------------------|
|------0-1-4-----------------------------------|
|-1-3-4----------------------------------------|
Once again, many thanks for viewing my lesson and I hope You enjoyed it and actually learned something along the way. Keep on Rockin' in the Free World :D Peace Out Guitarists :) Many thanks - Carl J Evans.
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