Finger stretching


kevin0409
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09/12/2014 10:03 pm
Is there any technique to help stretch your fingers for major chords
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09/15/2014 3:29 am
You can search the web.
Stretching your fingers is very important.
You need to stretch them every time before you play.
That should be the first thing you do.
Go to,carl brown has a great video on this topic.
guitarlessons 365 you will have to look for it there.
He said his music instructor had everyone stretch there fingers,arms ect,before they can pick up there guitar.
Good luck.
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ChristopherSchlegel
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09/15/2014 4:38 pm
Originally Posted by: kevin0409Is there any technique to help stretch your fingers for major chords

I missed this earlier! These stretches will help with over all dexterity & strength.

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1525

If there is some specific chord (or group of chords) you are having trouble with, please ask more in my instructor forum. Best of success!

http://www.guitartricks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=36
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09/15/2014 5:07 pm
There's stretching fingers for 'health', i.e., stretching exercises to keep the hand and fingers flexible and limber. Warm-up exercises in other words. Christopher has a tutorial here, http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=19585 With these and others on the web be sure to listen closely...don't over-do, don't injure yourself. I personally believe that overall conditioning is a good life style...everything should be exercised for strength and endurance (and balance) and warm ups are a part of that. Still, all physical activity is exercise specific. If you want to be a runner, practice running. If you want to be a strong backpacker, hike with a pack. If you want to be a guitarist, practice and play.

Then there's exercises intended to improve stretch, i.e., reach. A long strong reach is important when working on chords/awkward patterns of fingering. My absolute favorite is this from Justin Guitar, http://www.justinguitar.com/en/TE-101-FingerStretchExercise.php This [U]will[/U] increase your reach over time. Again, the important thing here is to listen to Justin's instructions...start off slow...slow enough to make each note ring clear and true while maintaining proper positioning of the hand and fingers. Of course, stretching six frets from the first position probably ain't gonna happen at the beginning. I still can't quite make that distance but then, I remember when a four-fret stretch was difficult. :)

EDIT: Ooops! I pushed the send button and then saw Christopher snuck in on me. :D
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11/03/2014 9:11 am
I dont wana hijack anyones thread but this one is the one I have most difficult with. Any suggestions on how to stretch the fingers fot that?

http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=18045&s_id=1379
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11/03/2014 3:18 pm
Originally Posted by: SvanholmI dont wana hijack anyones thread but this one is the one I have most difficult with. Any suggestions on how to stretch the fingers fot that?

http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=18045&s_id=1379

That kind of riff requires a lot of pinky strength & dexterity. Other than simply working on the riff repetitively & slowly, try this exercise to get some strength & dexterity in your ring & pinky.

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1292
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11/09/2014 3:50 am
I wish I had took my own advice on finger stretching,as I normally do.
I started playing 3 notes per string,with some extended stretching.
Before I started playing it,I didn't do my stretching. Now I have the worst pain,between my index and middle finger. Right in the crevice.
So this won't happen again.
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