Powering Up Your Fingers

This lesson shows some really easy excersices to power-up all the fingers you need to play the guitar, this includes raising your fingers speed and accuracy.

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If you want to be a really pro guitar player, you need to use all of your fingers, and being accurate with them, one of the most important part of playing the guitar: your finger "skill". It's obvius that when you begin playing the guitar, you will not play like a god, this is only availble once you practiced enough for it, we must walk before we can run, so I will give you some really easy exercises to power-up your fingers. Pls notice that: You will not become a "Jimi Hendrix" with one hour of practice. No need to rush, if you are not doing it good fast, slow down. Atleast 15 minutes a day with each exercise. The first exercise will help you raising your fingers accuraccy, so that way you will avoid miss-placing of the fingers, and hearing that noisy "puck!" on the string, this is really easy, just place your number one finger in the first fret of the first string, now strum, remove the first finger from the first fret of the first string, and put your second finger on the second fret of the first string, strum again, now remove that finger and place your third finger on the third fret of the first string, strum again, now as usual, remove it and place your 4th finger and strum. Once you finish strumming the 4 first frets on the string, go one string up. So now repeat the same process, but on the 2nd string, and keep up like that until you reach the 6th string. Once you finished on the 6th string, put your first finger on the second fret of the 5th string, then as usual, remove it and place the second finger on the fret next to the 2nd one, and keep up like before, now when you reach the first string doing this, is time to advance other fret, so put your first finger on the third fret of the second string and keep it up. In other words: when you finish up strumming all the strings, do it again, but advance one fret each time, do it until you have covered up all the frets in the guitar, and if you want, after that you can do it backwards. Like this:
|1-2-3-4--------------------------------------------|
|--------1-2-3-4------------------------------------|
|----------------1-2-3-4----------------------------|
|------------------------1-2-3-4--------------------|
|--------------------------------1-2-3-4------------|
|----------------------------------------1-2-3-4----|

and once you finish with the first row

|-----------------------------------------2-3-4-5-------|
|---------------------------------2-3-4-5---------------|
|-------------------------2-3-4-5-----------------------|
|-----------------2-3-4-5-------------------------------|
|---------2-3-4-5---------------------------------------|
|-2-3-4-5-----------------------------------------------|

then again

|-3-4-5-6-----------------------------------------------|
|---------3-4-5-6---------------------------------------|
|-----------------3-4-5-6-------------------------------|
|-------------------------3-4-5-6-----------------------|
|---------------------------------3-4-5-6---------------|
|-----------------------------------------3-4-5-6-------|
now to other exercise.

Pinky Training

Is exactly the same as the exercise I just show you, but with one difference: do not remove the fingers until you finish with the string. Key: DR = dont release
 DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR
|1-2-3-4--------------------------------------------|
|--------1-2-3-4------------------------------------|
|----------------1-2-3-4----------------------------|
|------------------------1-2-3-4--------------------|
|--------------------------------1-2-3-4------------|
|----------------------------------------1-2-3-4----|

and once you finish with the first row

   DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR
|-----------------------------------------2-3-4-5-------|
|---------------------------------2-3-4-5---------------|
|-------------------------2-3-4-5-----------------------|
|-----------------2-3-4-5-------------------------------|
|---------2-3-4-5---------------------------------------|
|-2-3-4-5-----------------------------------------------|

then again
  DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR DR
|-3-4-5-6-----------------------------------------------|
|---------3-4-5-6---------------------------------------|
|-----------------3-4-5-6-------------------------------|
|-------------------------3-4-5-6-----------------------|
|---------------------------------3-4-5-6---------------|
|-----------------------------------------3-4-5-6-------|
It is really important that you don't remove the fingers, because when you don't release them, your pinky must go further, thus it will slowly increase the range, speed and accuraccy of your pinky. So for this you just do: place the first finger on the first fret of the first string, strum, leave it there, and place the finger next to him, and keep up just like that tab says. Practice each one of this exercise atleast 15 minutes each one everyday, and you will notice changes in less than a week, every day it will increase more, but don't stop doing it, and you will increase it faster, do it everyday, daily training is important. No pain no game: if you are feeling a bit of pain in your hands while you do this, is a good sign, means that your pinky is "incresing it's range" so don't worry about a little pain, but if you get worse, you should maybe see a medic.

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    metal_shredder0
    great exercise article dude! you can make sure you're constantly increasing speed by using a metronome too. 10/10 best beginners lesson
    azrebel
    maybe this will teach my pinky to reach out instead of going in. It has a mind of it's own. I'm gonna practice this for a while. Thanks for the idea.:H:
    supawaza
    FIrst of all, great exercises! Although I like to start with exercise #2 first that because it helped me keeping my fingers down on the fretboards, then when I did exercise #1 afterward, it was a lot more fluid. Thanks again!
    bjboudreau
    ...has anyone got any exercises to keep my fingers from lifting as I move the others? I mean, fly fingers? I think it's mostly my pinky wanting to go straight, and I'd like to work on keeping it focused so I can be more agile
    somerandom10
    your fingers should burn, no pain. if you get pain stop playing IMMEDIATELY. take a break and if it still hurts, get to the doctor
    Atazu
    Really helpful!! (bow) I hate my pinky, it sucks (sry for the bad language) but it just doesn't move, but it seems that this excercise is able to make some changes So thanks a lot
    Antei69
    well done! Even better would be if you know what notes you are playing. Knowing the notes of the strings to the 5th fret really helps when playing with other musicians and with songwriting. Happy Practising xD
    ChrisJAMESS
    but if you get worse, you should maybe see a medic.
    Made me laugh lol. Awesome article though. Simple enough but very effective. Thanks!
    Shad99
    Surprising enough, it works. This was a great article, and as stupid as it may seem, it actually works. I played the exercises up and down for about 10 minutes, and even in 10 minutes my fingers, (including my pinky)became more and more comfortable reaching the further strings. I do have small hands so that does introduce a small problem, but this exercise sure did help. I also will continue these exercises because then I will be able to play with great accuracy and don't have to worry about moving my hand down the fret as much as I would have because of my pinky not being able to reach.
    adzarka
    Um, quick question, are you suposed to take breaks between the exercises? Or do you just keep it going?