Developing finger independence is a crucial skill for all guitarists. But it's also a skill that takes a lot of time to master. After more years playing than I'd like to admit, I still find myself returning to building finger independence before tackling a new and challenging repertoire.
With that being said, I'd like to introduce you to some of my favorite exercises for developing your fingers. Each of these exercises offers different challenges in moving the fingers in the left hand. And yes, they all involve using the dreaded pinky finger!!
If you've read my previous blog posts, you would've come across the concept of similar motion. This is where we have multiple parts moving in the same direction. This can be a workout for your fingers if staying in one position, making this exercise of playing two octaves together in first position quite a challenge!
- Fingers Through the Strings!
This exercise looks fairly simple and straightforward. However, It does take some time to get used to. The ascending and descending pattern through the strings is challenging and rewarding. I love to use this exercise as a tool to develop note accuracy with the left hand.
- The Hodgepodge Exercise
What can be said about this beast. It's just plain difficult!! This exercise rotates back and forth between two fingers on adjacent strings. Each system uses a different group of fingers. Feel free to practice each line separately and, as always, enjoy!!
Check out my YouTube video demonstrating all of these exercises!
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