#1
I wasn't sure whether or not to put this in this forum, or the Basics forum.

Anyways, I need some help, as my fingers CANT move fast enough to do quick hammer-on's and pull-off runs, and I've been playing electric for about 1 1/2 year., guitar in total about 2 years.

It's really been bothering me lately, as it holds me back on the songas i want to learn.

So I was wondering, does anyone have any tips to increase my Finger Dexterity and Finger Speed? Thanks in advance


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#3
I'm no expert, but from personal experience i just do the hammer-on's and pull-off's VERY slowly and on every string, with every finger.
It has increased my finger strength and speed.
I'm not sure if it will work for you, but it should.
#4
Just sit there and practice moving your fingers faster. Metronome maybe. Work on trills, then speed them up.
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#5
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Just sit there and practice moving your fingers faster. Metronome maybe. Work on trills, then speed them up.


Not to sound like a whiny moron, but i've done that. My speed won't increase


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#6
It's not about the speed you can move your fingers, it's about economising the motion so that your fingers have a smaller distance to travel. Practise keeping your fingers as close to the strings as possible at all times, then just make small "piston-like" movements to get the power you need.
When you move on to speed picking, you barely need to exert any force to fret the note, so keep your touch as light as possible and you'll find it easier to ramp up your speed.
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It's not about the speed you can move your fingers, it's about economising the motion so that your fingers have a smaller distance to travel. Practise keeping your fingers as close to the strings as possible at all times, then just make small "piston-like" movements to get the power you need.
When you move on to speed picking, you barely need to exert any force to fret the note, so keep your touch as light as possible and you'll find it easier to ramp up your speed.


thanks.
Would lessons help? >.>
Because I personally think I suck, yet people comment my youtube vids with compliments. Also, would popping your knuckles impede your ability to play faster? O_o


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#8
Lessons would probably help (provided you have a decent teacher) as they would be able to watch you play and tell you where you need to improve your technique. Or as a shorter term measure post a vid on Freepower's technique analysis thread and ask him to give you some tips
#9
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thanks.
Would lessons help? >.>
Because I personally think I suck, yet people comment my youtube vids with compliments. Also, would popping your knuckles impede your ability to play faster? O_o


Sure, lessons with a good teacher are always a great way to improve, no matter what stage you're at.
Complements on videos are always nice to receive, and it's cool to see how your playing comes across to others, but you have to be self-disciplined and know your own weaknesses. There is no limit to how much you can improve, whether it be technique or musicianship, so keep pushing yourself in all areas, no matter how great the feedback you get is.
As for popping your knuckles, read this: http://health.howstuffworks.com/question437.htm
#10
Ok, so what I understood from that article, is that popping your knuckles decreases the pressure you can exert with your fingers. Am I correct?

If so, I'm pretty much screwed, aren't I? =(


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#11
I have this little guitar neck thingy called a shred neck i practice my hammer ons on, whenever i get time, It works pretty well
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#12
i can do it damn fast now and i didnt do anything complicated it was as simple as this

during practice time dont practice speed

while watching tv practice speed with amp off of only alternate picking(on one string until fast enough i started goin up and down strings)
while not efficient as sitting there focused on just practicing, it really helps cuz ur doing it alot more and ur fingers get a longer workout in total!
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#13
Play some bass.

Seriously.

It's like bicep curls for fingers.

I moved from the good ol 4 string to a guitar and I was applying too much pressure to the strings. Now I've hit the balance and my fingers still have more than enough strength for clean legato.
#14
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/guitar_techniques/finger_strength_and_speed_building.html


Been working for me great. I've only been using it a few days too. You use the 1-4 frets for this because it's the biggest stretch and hardest to push down the strings there, and you just run up and down back and forth pushing down completely and alternite picking, and after hours of practicing this, you'll find that the other stuff is much easier to do and comes out cleaner.