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Guitar Tutorial: Finger Independence


Jan 17 2007, 04:21 AM (Post #1)
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Another lesson for those starting out on guitar. The first thing that should be dealt with when playing guitar is finger independence. While these do stretch your fingers out, and increase their strength, the licks that will be shown are also great for warm up exercises later on down the road. I've been playing for a pretty good while now and I still use them. You must remember that EVERY guitarist, even the pros have to warm up before jamming to prevent injury, and increase the ability to play more accurately. If you have no prior knowledge of alternate picking, or hammer ons, refer to this lesson. If you are aware of the two techniques, then lets get started! Be aware that you must use all of your fingers as the tabs show.

First of all, this chromatic warm up focuses on stretching your fingers slowly, but surely enough that you don't injure yourself doing this. Most start from the first fret and work their way down. That is the opposite way that it should be done actually. Practice these exercises with a metronome to keep a steady beat! Very important. Practice at your own pace, and eventually try to pick up the speed a little. But always start slow when starting out. You must use alternate picking! If you don't, I will strangle you. ssmile.gif Below is the tab.



----------------------------------------------------------9-10-11-12--
-----------------------------------------------9-10-11-12-------------
------------------------------------9-10-11-12------------------------
------------------------9-10-11-12------------------------------------
-------------9-10-11-12-----------------------------------------------
--9-10-11-12----------------------------------------------------------


--12-11-10-9---------------------------------------------------------
-------------12-11-10-9----------------------------------------------
------------------------12-11-10-9-----------------------------------
-----------------------------------12-11-10-9------------------------
----------------------------------------------12-11-10-9-------------
---------------------------------------------------------12-11-10-9--


After doing that, you'll be back to the low E string. Repeat the same thing, except go down a fret each time. So instead of doing 9-10-11-12, and then 12-11-10-9, you would do 8-9-10-11 and 11-10-9-8. Rinse and repeat all the way until you're down to the first fret.


The next exercise focuses both finger independence and the speed of both your fingers and your alternate picking technique. This will let your weakest fingers gain a nice amount of strength.


-----------------|----------------
-----------------|----------------
-----------------|----------------
-----------------|----------------
--3-2-3-5-3-2-0--|----------------
-----------------|-5-3-5-6-5-3-0--



This one is a great exercise which can really put your fingers and the muscles in your hand to the test. This requires hammer ons. Repeat each measure 4 times!


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---------|---------|---------
---------|---------|---------
---------|---------|---------
---------|---------|---------
--0h2h3--|--0h2h4--|--0h2h5--



The last but not least really puts your fingers to work. Don't even attempt this until you're been playing for at least a month. There will be numbers above the tabs. The numbers indicate which finger you use.


...1..2..3..4....1..2..3..4.....1.2..3..4 ....1.2..3..4....
---9-10-11-12--|-8-10-11-12---|-8-9-11-12---|-8-9-10-12---|
---------------|--------------|-------------|-------------|
---------------|--------------|-------------|-------------|
---------------|--------------|-------------|-------------|
---------------|--------------|-------------|-------------|
---------------|--------------|-------------|-------------|


Repeat the same process until you're down to the first fret. Well, that's it guys! Hope you enjoy these.

note: A great alternative way to warm up is to place your fret hand under warm water. Not scalding hot, but not cold either. Keep your hand in the water for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, wipe off your hand thoroughly with a hand towel, and start playing. This may be a great way for warm up, so that your joints are all loosened up, but if you're a beginner, I advise you wait until you have a little experience. Though this will help your joints loosen up, your fingers won't be nearly as independent, unless you're already adjusted.


This post has been edited by Wrath: Jan 18 2007, 02:45 AM
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Jan 17 2007, 06:38 AM (Post #2)
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Wow, it looks like you put a lot of thought into this. It looks well planned-out and well organized. I like it sbiggrin.gif

By the way why the small font?
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Jan 17 2007, 10:11 PM (Post #3)
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With all this typing, the normal fault would be annoying. By the way everybody, these exercises were tested/done by me for long periods of time. They do work. Topic closed.
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Jan 19 2007, 11:54 PM (Post #4)
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Important thing to remember - practise is what is needed with these techniques! You can't run through this lesson once and become a master, you must utilise these tips daily for any effect to take place.
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