How can I build the strength to play and improve finger coordination?

How to get stronger - My hands feel too weak :/

When you learn to write, it feels stupid. It's just because you haven't gotten used to the movements.

If you keep moving bit by bit, you'll get more accustomed - that's what it takes to build strength.


Tips for building strength to play guitar

You shouldn't have to use too much power to press the string down.

  • However, especially with steel strings and chords fretting can be a tiring business.

  • Some fingers might also be weaker than others, but they'll all get stronger with practice.

  • You can also strengthen individual fingers and wrist muscles by squeezing a clothespin or the whole hand by squeezing a tennis ball.


We've all seen and admired some great guitarist - Hendrix, Clapton, Vai, you name it.They seem to have that special, inherent thing for grace and coordination.

How can you get there - that's the burning question.


Tips on improving your coordination:

If you're not used to fine motor tasks, it might at first be hard to get your fingers to obey.

Try these exercises to develop your finger control:

  • Place your hands (especially your fretting hand) on the desk and lift your fingers one at a time.
  • Think about the number of the finger you're lifting (1 for index, 2 for middle, 3 for ring, 4 for pinkie) or say it out loud.
  • First lift them in order from 1 to 4 and back, then start making different patterns, like 1-3-2-4, 4-2-3-1.
  • Try not to look at your fingers when doing it.

You can also place your other arm in front of you and then grip it like it was a guitar neck. Then the hand orientation is the same as when playing.

Make a habit of exercising your fingers whenever you're bored, for example in traffic jams, at school/work, when watching TV... but keep your mind in your fingers.


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