How To Improve Finger Dexterity

author: jay3213 date: 03/26/2009 category: guitar techniques
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In this lesson I will teach you how to improve your finger dexterity. You will need to follow this lesson at least once a day in order to be satisfied with your dexterity. For those of you that don't know what dexterity is, it's is hand or body skill, for this lesson it's speed on a guitar. Iv divided this lesson from beginners to average classes.

Beginners

For those of you that just started playing the guitar, you want to be like slash or jimmy page, or maybe even brain may in just a few weeks. Well that can't really happen because you fingers can't get used to that, that quickly. But to get ready for when you become an average player you will need to practice a few small things in order to be good. Practicing blues is the easiest for beginners. Blues offers a wide arrange of styles from easy to expert. I have picked out three blues tabs that you should practice for about 1 week. Over time you will notice you can play it faster. That is because of finger dexterity. Here are three blues scales. In Order: E minor Blues scale, Blues pentatonic in A, and a random one
I-------------------------0-3-I
I---------------------0-3-----I        Practice these over and over
I---------------0-2-3---------I        DON'T play for hours
I-----------0-2---------------I        Because you wont learn anything!
I-----0-1-2-------------------I
I-0-3-------------------------I

I-------------------------5-8-I
I---------------------5-8-----I
I---------------5-7-8---------I
I-----------5-7---------------I
I-----5-6-7-------------------I
I-5-8-------------------------I

I-------------------------------------12-15-I
I-------------------------------12-15-------I
I----------------------12-14-15-------------I
I----------------12-14----------------------I
I-------12-13-14----------------------------I
I-12-15-------------------------------------I

Average Players

If you are an average player. The first lesson might be very easy for you. But if you are still slow you must keep practicing the pentatonic scales. The pentatonic scales are scales that go up and down the frets starting for the 1st string to 2nd or the other way around. When I was a little Noob guitarist I would just start from the first string to the last going 1, 2, 3 on each fret. It honestly increased my dexterity and I found everything easy. Here are some somewhat difficult pentatonic scales. I'm not saying they are hard. I'm really just saying they might take a few runs to complete. Note All Are Separate!
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-

e|---------------------------------5--8----
B|--------------------------5--8-----------
G|-------------------5--7------------------
D|-------------5--7------------------------
A|------5--7-------------------------------
E|-5-8-------------------------------------

e|-----------------------------2--5----------------|
b|-----------------------2--5----------------------|
g|-----------------2--4----------------------------|
d|-----------2--4----------------------------------|
a|--0--2--4----------------------------------------|
e|-------------------------------------------------|
Hope you learned something. And I hope your finger speed increases over the time of this lesson or the managers of ultimate guitar will whip me!
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