Fretting Hand Movements

I'm a left handed guitarist; I've always struggled with my fretting hand, trying to move smoothly and quickly along the neck.

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I'm a left handed guitarist; I've always struggled with my fretting hand, trying to move smoothly and quickly along the neck. It brought to my attention, how in the hell can I improve in that area when I'm not playing guitar. I always been looking for ways to get my right hand to relax and work smoothly. Recently, I found that typing such as computer typing has similar movements that one would use along the neck of the guitar. Those of you that can type, kinda think of typing as hitting frets on the guitar, the movements are pretty damn close as far as spacing, moving from string to string. Also, I found that if you roll/tap your fingers on a table it helps as well. Since that might not make much sense, I'll explain: place your hand on a table, desk or whatever flat surface, arch your fingers as you would on a guitar then just start with your pinky, raise slightly and bring down, then move on with the next finger and next till you get to your index finger. Then head back the other way starting with your index finger. A few tips, remember to keep your fingers arched, and use a smooth quick motion. Start slow then speed up when you're comfortable. You'd be surprised how it would improve your speed and agility along the neck of the guitar. This is just a couple of things to practice with when you're not near a guitar, and I thought they would be a little helpful especially for those left handed guitarists out there.

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    brownscustom1
    I am a left handed guitarist. I have been playing since 1964. Rock, metal, blues and back tracks for rap and hip hop. I have 46 left handed guitars because I build my own equipment. Here is what you need to do.Play 2-5 hours a day/3-5 days a week. That is the only way to get the calouses exactly where you need them and the only way to get the muscles in your forearms to respond to the brain properly and smoothly. Changing styles changes the workout and improves overall performance. the arm that holds the pick is the key to style. Work on that.
    Griffo48
    any tips to keep the fingers nimble cant be a bad thing..Im left handed as well, what worries me more is the fact that its getting harder and harder to find good leftys that dont cost a years wages.Im in Australia btw, so any secret little left friendly guitar stores would be appreciated massively!
    Sir_Taffey
    Not much of a lesson here... As a left handed guitarist I must say what you had isn't a generic problem. If anything we have an advantage being able to mirror right handed guitarists when playing along or learning, and it looks cool on stage, the symmetry and side by side soloing (not that I'm Guthri govan or anything like that) but these are not new tips, and being left handed has nothing to do with it really, if I can keep up with right handed guitarists development then anybody could...
    Sir_Taffey
    Sorry for sounding overly harsh in my review. These are good because it's always good practice to work on your fingers away from the guitar
    grim_reap88
    It wasn't designed to be a huge lesson, just a little trick that might help coordinate the motion. But I appreciate the feedback
    JacobReedShred
    This type of thing can help but only to a point. The movments may be similar but u have to account for resistance from the string when you actually play a guitar. Also your wrist is in an entirely different position when playing guitar causing u to use different muscles in your hands.