Guitar Technique in Less than 3 Minutes

Guitar technique can be challenging. Accuracy and perfect execution of ideas need to be practiced for a very long time in order to master them. Add to that the study of non-musical guitar drills can be boring. Put it all together and you've got a recipe for disaster.  So, what's the answer to great technique?

Great guitar technique doesn't have to be a chore. If technique is practiced the in the correct way (using an efficient system), your skills can flourish and your playing can become incredibly accurate over time. All it takes is the right study approach.

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 EXERCISE #1).
- Fretting Hand Accuracy:
This exercise operates by jumping through two-note intervals established upon the 5th and the 2nd guitar strings. The intervals include an Octave and a Major 3rd.

Using the 5th and 2nd guitar strings, establish a position on the fingerboard and perform an octave with 3rd and 1st fingers, then switch to a displaced major 3rd with the 2nd and 4th fingers. Drop the major 3rd down a 1/2 step and perform another major 3rd with the 1st and 3rd fingers, and wrap things up with another octave using fingers four and two.

Perform the exercise using a metronome and allow the movements to happen quickly with the tempo based at a slower speed. Move the exercise all around the guitars fingerboard.


 EXERCISE #2).
-Left and Right Hand Picking Coordination:
This study operates between two adjacent guitar strings and can be moved anywhere along and across the guitar fingerboard.

Begin within a fret-board position and perform notes from a lower string up to a higher adjacent string. For example; begin on the 6th string 5th fret, then play on the 5th string 6th fret. Switch back to the 6th string and play the 7th fret. Then, play the final note back again on the 5th string's 8th fret.

Repeat the exercise across all string pairs vertically using a metronome. When you reach the upper two strings, (2nd and 1st), switch the order and reverse the drill descending back down the fingerboard.


 EXERCISE #3).
- Independence Fixed Finger Exercise:
This study is a fantastic finger switching drill for developing individual finger independence. Begin within a position lining up all four fingers upon the guitars third string. Line up all four fingers along the third string to establish the position and remain fixed there as your start to this exercise.

The first fingering switch movement operates by jumping fingers 1 and 2 from their position on the third string over to the 2nd and 5th strings. Do this several times. Then, return back to the initial established position on the third string. Continue along doing the finger switch movement with fingers 2 and 3. Then, with fingers 3 and 4.

Use a metronome to keep a steady pace and to maintain a consistent feel as you switch fingers.


CONCLUSION:
These studies will go a long way in helping to promote accuracy and independence. It will take time, so be sure to include a short workout using these concepts on a daily basis. Study these drills for only a few minuets (the suggested time frame is 3 minuets). After the drills are completed, take a short break and move on to perform other ideas related to your daily study routine.

If you need some help getting sorted with designing a practice routine, be sure to have a look through my "How to Practice" guide.

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