#1
I was just wondering if anybody had some good exercises for getting each of your fingers to work independently? My friend gave me some exercises that he used (He plays bass as well...), but I was wanting something else to practice to change things up a little.

Also, are there any exercises out there that would maybe stretch my fretting hand out a little more, or something I could practice to get it into more of a relaxed feeling out of my playing.

As of now, I practice EVERYTHING with a metronome at slow speeds, so is this what I need to concentrate more so on than exercises?

Thanks!
Quote by Nick_
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#2
As gay as those finger spring fretboard things are, they can help. Just use it on your pick hand.


For stretching the fret hand... stretch the spacings with your other hand, or try some wide fretted chords. Works for me at least.

*btw, my fingers are wicked small. (big hands in general) but really small fingers.

EDIT:

For the first part... were you talking about playing with your pick hand (finger picked) or your fret?
#3
Fretting, sorry for not clearing that up.

What exactly are these finger spring fretboard things? I think I've heard of them before.
Quote by Nick_
But the point is: Music is too mutable, too ambiguous, too unruly to allow itself to be defined by an absolute syntax of terms. Don't bother. Live with it.
#4
"the crab"

-1-2-3-4 (fingering on the B string)

-5-6-7-8 (B string)
-----------
-7-8-5-6 (D string)

-3-4-1-2 (fingering on the D string)

have fun

if that didn't make sense I can try to explain better

As you get better at it move it down the fretboard, increase the strings inbetween etc
#5
i use this for independent fret hand warmups


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----------------------------------------------------------


use that one going up, then down 4321,4321,4321 etc etc

i also use this one for sweep picking and independent movement



G----------4-1-------------------5-2-----------
D-------3-------2-------------4------3---------
A----2-------------3-------3------------4------
E-1-------------------4-2------------------5---


and use the above one and move up one fret each time after you come back down
#6
Awesome, thanks again for the help guys.
Quote by Nick_
But the point is: Music is too mutable, too ambiguous, too unruly to allow itself to be defined by an absolute syntax of terms. Don't bother. Live with it.
#7
Check out John Petrucci's Rock Discipline, that's got loads off good stretching and warm up exercises
I'm assuming you play bass from your post,
the video is mainly aimed at guitar but i'm sure some of it can be applied to bass as well
#8
After reading my first post over, I did make it sound like I play bass...lol

Quote by bigmanwithanaxe
Check out John Petrucci's Rock Discipline, that's got loads off good stretching and warm up exercises


I'm guessing this is a DVD?

Edit: Nevermind, I found the DVD.
Quote by Nick_
But the point is: Music is too mutable, too ambiguous, too unruly to allow itself to be defined by an absolute syntax of terms. Don't bother. Live with it.
Last edited by magicman0508 at Feb 28, 2007,
#9
This is a really good Finger Work Out for Independence

My guitar teacher showed it to me it's a John Petrucci Work Out Not only dose it help Finger Independence but also Streching (helps for all you Pantera players out there )

Ok here it is

1-------------12------------12---------------9----------9--------- x4
2---------11----------10----------------10----------11-----------
3----10----------11----------------11-----------10---------------
4-9------------9---------------12-----------12--------------------

(Don't Be Lazy This Should Be Practise With Alternate Picking starting Down, up,down,up Vise Versa...no use in wasting time.... These excersies can also be
strummed)

1----------13-------13---------9----------9----------- x4
2-------11-------10---------10--------11-------------
3----10-------11---------11--------10----------------
4--9---------9---------13--------13-------------------

1---------13--------13---------8----------8----------------------- x4
2------11--------10---------10--------11-------------------------
3---10--------11---------11--------10----------------------------
4-8----------8---------13--------13-------------------------------

Hope these helped these sure helped me -- Starts off slow then build a little speed on them the goal hear is to hit every note clear and on time and make sure you give those fingers a good strech and work out.

Do this before you play as a warm up and you should be good to go.

Best of Luck
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#10
VERY nice! I'll definitely have to use this as a warm up practice!
Quote by Nick_
But the point is: Music is too mutable, too ambiguous, too unruly to allow itself to be defined by an absolute syntax of terms. Don't bother. Live with it.
#11
Quote by z4twenny
i use this for independent fret hand warmups


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----------------------------------------------------------


use that one going up, then down 4321,4321,4321 etc etc

i also use this one for sweep picking and independent movement



G----------4-1-------------------5-2-----------
D-------3-------2-------------4------3---------
A----2-------------3-------3------------4------
E-1-------------------4-2------------------5---


and use the above one and move up one fret each time after you come back down


No offense, but these exercises are entirely useless for finger independance because they are based on simple rolling motions.

What you want is stuff like 3412 4123 and all that jazz...

Or, much better, ascend a major scale like 21324354657 (thirds), using only legato and 3nps fingerings. That'll get your fingers going proper, especially if you also descend in thirds using only hammerons. Try that moving through all the modes and you'll gain my grudging respect.
#12
^ they work pretty well for me, but i did fail to mention that i do mix it up with different fingerings from time to time.