#1
When I play, my fingers will not stay still in their unfretted positions. When I see people like John Petrucci play, they have absolute control over all of their fingers. How do I develop this control?
#4
Okay, but are there any excersizes I should do? How nessescary is it for a person wanting to play shred to develop this control?
#5
If you ask me, An essential Would be to learn scales.

After just practicing some basic ones my fingers stay in place
#6
id practice that with this

finger position 1
E:---------------------14-----
B:---------------13-----------
G:---------12-----------------
D:---11-----------------------
A:-----------------------------
E:-----------------------------

finger position 2
E:---------------------11-----
B:---------------13-----------
G:---------12-----------------
D:---14-----------------------
A:-----------------------------
E:-----------------------------

finger position 3
E:---------------------11-----
B:---------------12-----------
G:---------13-----------------
D:---14-----------------------
A:-----------------------------
E:-----------------------------

finger position 4
E:---------------------14-----
B:---------------12-----------
G:---------13-----------------
D:---11-----------------------
A:-----------------------------
E:-----------------------------

Repeat.

___ _______________________ ___

Do this slow and then work your speed up with a metronome.
*type free metronome in google for 1 if u dont have 1.

when you think you can do it at an alright pace try playing those notes as chords and again work your speed.

this dont sound pretty or nice but its a good exercise.

1 other thing you can do with this is to start spreding your pinky and main finger while keeping your middle and ring finger on the 12th and 13th frets. also a great exercise.

if it helps your welcome.
#7
Another one is the spider lick (1-2-3-4th frets going up on each string, but each string change the starting note one fret up. It would look like this:


E||----------------------------------|----------2-3-4-1-----------------||
B||----------------------------------|--1-2-3-4-------------------------||
G||--------------------------4-1-2-3-|----------------------------------||
D||------------------3-4-1-2---------|----------------------------------||
A||----------2-3-4-1-----------------|--------------------------4-1-2-3-||
D||--1-2-3-4-------------------------|------------------3-4-1-2---------||


And repeat.
#8
Quote by Myung-trucci
When I play, my fingers will not stay still in their unfretted positions. When I see people like John Petrucci play, they have absolute control over all of their fingers. How do I develop this control?


practice /play.... alot. I would suggest developing your finger independence by playing actual music, rather than unmusical chromatic exercises. With those you gain nothing that can't be gained with a piece of music that requires use of all the fingers. They are also counterproductive for ear training.
shred is gaudy music
Last edited by GuitarMunky at Aug 2, 2008,