Guitar Finger Exercises for Flexibility, Control, Speed, and more

Lesson #527 • Nov 17, 2023

Hey there, friends! In this week’s lesson I want to share some of my favorite go-to exercises to help with finger independence, control, speed, and agility. Without question, baking any of these into your practice routine can work wonders. Even though the gains you make may seem hard to notice day-to-day, they no doubt add up over time — making everything that much easier to play.

There are, of course, no limit to the number of exercises you might use to improve finger control. This isn’t meant to be an all-inclusive list — but I think this gives a solid overview of the different types of exercises you might encounter. Try them all, see what works for you, and run with it! I’ve also included a few general tips that will apply no matter which drills you bake into your routine.

  • 0:00 Overview
  • 0:47 C major finger walk
  • 3:43 G major finger walk
  • 5:33 E major finger walk
  • 8:23 Scale Exercises
  • 13:20 Spider Exercises
  • 19:17 Tip 1 - Warming Up
  • 20:21 Tip 2 - Discipline
  • 22:21 Tip 3 - Consistency

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