A simple exercise for improving finger coordination and control

How to improve coordination and control when learning guitar?


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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