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Get Better at Guitar by Practcing Scales that improve your finger dexterity

The Pentatonic Scales in the minor form are the most commonly used scales in rock and blues music. The "enhanced" version of the minor pentatonic scale is the staple of the Blues. This "Blues" Scale adds the Flat 5th note to increase the melodic sound and versatility. This version of the scale is much more fluid and flowing and easier to manage while fitting notes into the overall melody. The Flat Five note is often referred to as the Blues Note and if you play the standard version of the minor pentatonic and then play the minor pentatonic blues scale you can easily recognize the Blues sound.

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If you practice this scale with a 12 barre blues backing track you will be able to create the unique blues sound. Try to emphasize the most melodic sounding notes the most as you hold and sustain them for emphasis and phrasing. Blues playing is all about the feeling you can express through the fretboard. You can emote through the music as you learn the proper placement and timing of your string bends and held notes. Practicing the Pentatonic Scales with the added blue note will be very beneficial to your guitar playing skills. Keep expanding your knowledge and you will get better everyday.

Even if you are already a very skilled guitar player you can find new tips and tricks to improve your playing.  Continual search for musical knowledge is the best way to become more professional and more skilled as a guitar player.  Make the effort to apply everything you learn in your practice as soon as you can and then keep it in your practice sessions daily until you have mastered the new technique or new riff.  Visit the previous post for the full version of the Pentatonic scales that is great for practice.



Electric Guitar or Acoustic Guitar? which is better for beginners?


I have seen people asking the question whether it is better to learn to play the guitar on the acoustic or the electric.  It is obvious question for people just starting out but it is not extremely important.  All you really want to do is start playing with whatever guitar you can get your hands on.  If your older sibling played the guitar for a while and no longer used their guitar you might want to start there.  You can also buy new guitars very inexpensively today and some of them perform very well.  For a few hundred dollars you can get setup with an acoustic or electric guitar that will be perfect for beginners.  You do not want to buy the cheapest guitar you can find because it will be too difficult to play and the sounds quality will be poor.  However, you can get an entire setup with a small amplifier, guitar and case for under $300 at one of the major guitar stores. 

I was fortunate enough to have an old guitar hiding in the closet that hadn’t been touched in years.  If you have an old guitar it is likely to need some tune-up by someone who is experienced in guitar repair or who is knowledgeable about guitars.  The very least you will need is to have the strings changed and the guitar tuned up.  Hopefully you will have a solid guitar that will serve you well for many years.  Often the older guitars are made use.  much better than today’s models.  These older guitars can also produce some excellent sound.  I still have the first guitar I took out of the closet.  It has been over 30 years and it still plays and sounds great.  The guitar is now at least 35 years old. 

Once you have your guitar set up and you can start learning to play you will have to determine what teaching method you want to use.  There are so many ways to learn you have to pick one to start.   You can always learn something from different methods but you it is a good idea to pick one in the beginning.  For example you could just want to start off by learning barre chords and master those before you move on to something else.  You decide to play classical guitar and learn to read music and charts.  If you want to play rock and roll most likely you will need to learn barre chords, play some by ear, learn to read tablature and possible even how to read standard from notation.  

Tablature and technology has made it a bit easier to learn songs these days.  You can find the chords and notes to just about any song in tab form.  The Internet has been a great learning tool for guitar players.  No longer do you have to sit for hours and hours listening to records trying to learn a few notes by ear.  Having a good ear is important and will come to you more and more as you play, but you can learn just about anything on the guitar now without having to play by ear or read music.  There are also cool IPad applications that can help you slow down the notes to a song so it is easier to hear the guitar parts when playing by ear.  

It doesn't really matter what kind of a guitar you play.  You just need to get one, get it fixed up and start jamming.  The Internet countless articles and videos on how to play the guitar, how to practice guitar, how to play by ear and how to tune your guitar.  The list is endless so don't worry whether you are going to start on electric or acoustic guitar.  All you have to do is get started and later you can add to your guitar collection.  In the long run you will likely want to have both styles of guitar.


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Unique Playing showing finger dexterity and mastery by Andy Mckee

Here is some very unique and different guitar playing with some outstanding finger dexterity. Andy McKee is an amazing guitarist and a creative genius.  If you want to see an alternative way to work on your finger dexterity or for a new way to master the notes on the guitar neck watch this video and see how Mckee changes the tone but using his left hand a lot like a capo.  He almost plays the guitar like a piano sometime while adding in percussion and rhythmic taps as well.  It is very cool. 



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Relative Minor and Major Chords using Barre Chords

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You can find the relative minor to a Major Chord using Barre chords with ease once you understand the patterns.  The shapes used for major and minor barre chords will give you the ability to find any relative minor whether or not you know the name of the chord.  The barre chord makes the guitar a simple, easily mastered instrument because the patterns repeat over and over again and will never change.
For example if you know the F major barre chord you know that the relative minor is the d minor barre chord.  The pattern is the same for G major and E minor.  You are using the e configuration barre chord for the f major and you move up the neck 4 frets and use the A minor shape barre chord to create the D minor.   So knowing the two different barre chord configurations using the e shape and the a minor shape you will be able to find any relative minor chord just by know then pattern.

You can also use the A shape Barre chord as the Major Chord shape and get the same results.  It is even easier to remember than the previous example.  Make a C major Barre Chord using the A Major Shape and move up the neck two frets and make the A minor barre chord and you have C major and its relative minor of A.


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Finger Dexterity practice technique video

Finger dexterity for the guitar is achieved by continued, consistent practice while doing different exercises to stretch and strengthen your hand and fingers.  This next video is of an exercise that I believe is one of the absolute best possible that can be used for over all finger dexterity and strength.

You use your first three fingers only with a stretch between your index and middle finger.  The exercise consists of 9 notes on the bottom three strings staring on the G string.  For example if you start on the the 3rd fret of the g string with your index finger you will then place your middle finger on the 5th fret and your ring finger on the 6th fret.  Start with alternate picking and repeat the same fingering on the b and e strings.  You can then work your way back up to the starting point.  Start slowly and increase the speed as your technique allows.



In order to get the maximum benefit of this exercise you will want to work toward using the hammer on and pull off technique that will have you pick each string only once for all 3 notes.  If you can do this on your acoustic guitar you will have developed excellent finger dexterity and strength that will enhance your playing tremendously.  It is not easy to master this exercise but it can be done with practice.

Move the exercise up two frets and repeat.  Move up the neck as far as you can jumping two frets at a time and then work your way back to the starting point.  At first you will have difficulty with the hammer on and pull off technique so be patient and work on strengthening your hand while picking each note and eventually you will be able to master the hammer on and pull of version.  

Tuning Your Guitar

Learning to tune your guitar.


Learning to tune your guitar doesn't seem as important these days with all of the electronic devices available to put your guitar in perfect tune but if you can't tune your guitar you will never be able to learn by ear.  The other important reason to tune your guitar is for when you are playing without amplification.  Your acoustic guitar will go out of tune often if you are using lighter gauge strings.  If you can't tell when your guitar is out of tune you will sound terrible.  You will need to be able to play a chord and recognize it being in tune or out of tune.  The sooner you learn to tune your guitar the better it is for your playing.  All the finger dexterity and strength in the world can not make up for a guitar that is out of tune or for a player who does not notice the guitar being out of tune.

Here is a a short video on how to tune your guitar using a pitch pipe.  The pitch pipe will give you a standard A 440 tuning that is the standard tuning for used to tune a piano.  Many musicians use a higher or lower standard to allow them to sing more easily or to play a slightly lowering tone but the majority of music is played in standard frequency of A 440.

I like to use the A string as the note to tune my guitar.  I use the pitch pipe to tune the 5th string or open A string to the A note.  I then tune all the strings in relationship to that note.  Each string, with the exception of the open b string can be pressed at the 5th fret to match the open string below.  For example if you press the 5th fret of the low E string, or the deepest sounding, thickest string on the guitar, it will be an A note which will also match the open A note of the 5th string.  The 6th string pressed at the 5th fret will give you the note needed for the open 5th string.

You can do this for all the strings except when your reach the 3rd string you have to press the 4th fret which will give you the tone of the open b string, which is the second string from the bottom of the neck.  You go back to the 5th fret on the 2nd string and press it down to give you the open E tone or the high E tone that match the last string of open E on your guitar.  This is the highest pitch string and the smallest string on the guitar.

The low E String and the high E string represent the first and last strings on the guitar and they should sound the same.  They are different octaves but they are both the same note.  A good way to finish your tuning is to play the high E string and the low E string to check that they sound the same.  If they are off it will mean that you missed something while tuning.  You will need to recheck each string to make sure it is in tune and then try the low E and high E together again.  If there is still something wrong you can use the pitch pipe to check each string individually.


If that still does not pass the E string test you may have a problem with the neck or the intonation of the guitar.  The best solution is to take it in to reputable guitar shop for a tune up.

Strings do wear out and lose their sound quality.  It is very hard to tune a guitar with strings that are several years old or extremely dirty.  If you get a guitar that has been sitting for years in your attic or just stored in the closet, a new set of strings will be necessary to tune the guitar optimally.

Changing strings is not that difficult.  It just takes a little time.  When I put the next set of strings on one of my guitars I will put up a video to show the proper methods and techniques for changing strings and how to make sure your guitar will stay in tune with new strings.  New strings will go out of tune easily until they are broken in or if they are not stretched property while installed. 







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Finger Dexterity : building speed through technique and repetition

Finger dexterity will be improved through persistent repetition of the exercises you learn.  If you are trying to improve your speed you must practice more.  You have to have a specific program for increasing your fingering speed as well as one that will help you improve your technique.  You can never have great speed on the fret board without excellent technique.  The cool thing about improving your technique is that it will also improve your speed.  As your technique improves, your finger strength will increase also.  This increase in strength and improved technique allows you to play faster and to move around the fret board more smoothly.


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Finger dexterity is made up of two parts:  finger strength and finger agility.  If you have good finger strength it will be easier to have better agility.  Once you master these two parts you then well be free to concentrate on the accuracy of your playing.  If you get fast with sloppy technique or end up with poor accuracy you will be limited to playing your electric guitar with massive distortion.  If you ever have a chance to play an acoustic gig you will be out of luck because you will never be able to pull it off.  It really is a good idea to practice on your acoustic guitar when you are doing your finger dexterity exercises because it will increase your finger strength more quickly and keep your technique sharp.

Here is a video with a couple of exercises you can do to increase your finger dexterity. 


Finger Dexterity and Benefits of Finger dexterity exercises

If you want to keep your finger dexterity  you must do finger dexterity exercises as you get older.  It is just like any other muscle group in your body.  If you fail to stretch and exercise the muscles in your hands and fingers your dexterity will decline as will your hand and finger strength

One of the easiest ways to keep your finger dexterity and strength by using the Grip Master that you see pictured to the right.  It has separate springs individual buttons so you can exercise each finger individually.  It is different from the standard grip exercisers you have scene on the market for years had you squeeze all of your fingers at once.  This is much better for musicians who play instruments that need finger dexterity for playing the guitar and or the bass. 





The Planet Waves Varigrip is also good for exercising your fingers individually. 

Both of these tools can help your finger dexterity but the best way to develop your finger speed and agility is to play scales, especially if you are a guitar player.  The repetition of scales and variations of those scales is the key to becoming a skilled guitar player.  There are no shortcuts and you have to be dedicated to your craft and practice daily to make progress.  You will be training your brain as well as your fingers so you will improving brain and finger dexterity. 

Finger Exercises and Finger Dexterity for blues scales

Everyone can do something to improve their finger dexterity by using finger exercises or finger dexterity exercises for guitar.  I suppose you could call them guitar exercises as well but just assume all of these exercises or terms I mention are usually referring to guitar exercises

I have no doubt that strong hands and fingers helps a guitar player with their technique.  But what really makes for rapid improvement and lifetime sustainable technical skill is the continued guitar exercise of scale repetition.  The scale repetition exercises are vital to becoming a better player technically and for increase your shredding speed. 

There are neurological studies that have recorded just how our brains change as we learn new things through repetition.  It also can explain why learning something new and using it for a long enough time can influence the growth of our brain.  It explains why people use the phrase "it is just like riding a bike."  Everyone knows this phrase because people say it when they are trying to do something they have not done in a long time but used to have some level of mastery at it in the past. 

Well many things are "just like riding a bike" and finger exercises and guitar exercises tend to have the same impact on our brain.  If you do thousands of repetitions for your finger dexterity exercises as a teenager and never touch a guitar throughout your 20s, you will be able to much more quickly take up the guitar and improve your technique than if you had learned blues scales in high school but only practiced them a few times. 

Why?  Because your brain has been rewired to have mastery of finger dexterity and guitar scales.  It is like riding a bike and all you have to do is build up a little endurance and you will be shredding like days of old. 

This is important for people to understand because it makes sense to learn self discipline at younger age so you can "grow your brain" and increase your options for learning at an older age.  You can become good at many things this way and increase your brain capacity and put all your skill on hold for many years until you have decided what you really want to to do with your life.  You can go back to any skill you mastered before and once again in a short time become a master again. 

If you wish to be the master of finger dexterity you can do that easily with guitar exercises and repetition of scales. You can also know that it will be forever in your skill set and it can be pulled out of the bag in a very short time. 

Keep practicing those scales and increasing your finger dexterity with any guitar exercises you can find that you believe are useful.

Finger Dexterity and dexterity exercises


Finger Dexterity  and dexterity exercises







Finger dexterity is a skill that can be learned with practice.  The are many dexterity exercises that will increase your finger speed as well as your finger strength on the guitar.  Many dexterity exercises for your fingers will help you play the guitar better.  The most important thing you need to know about increasing your finger speed and strength is this:

Repetition

It really doesn't make much difference what exercises you do to increase finger dexterity for the guitar.    All that matters is that you do them consistently.  The way to gain strength is by repeating a similar scale or exercise over and over on a daily basis.  You can use very simple dexterity exercises while practicing excellent guitar technique.  Do them slowly making sure you are getting clear notes and proper finger placement on the neck. 


As your finger dexterity improves you will want to move to a few more difficult scales that demand hand and finger stretching.  A stretching routine must include dexterity exercises that will use all four fingers.  For example you will want to use the standard exercise at the 3rd, 5th and 7th fret with your index, middle and pinkie finger.  Start on the top string and work you way down and back up until your hand burns.  Rest for a short period and do it again at least five times every day.  Again work on strong guitar technique especially with your pinkie. 

My favorite scale for warm and practice as I have mentioned before is the Natural minor scale.  It incorporates all of your fingers and demands stretching in certain places.  Make this a staple of your daily guitar practice and warm up.  If you can do nothing else with the guitar that day make sure you run the natural minor scale a few times to keep moving forward.  With in a few weeks you will see a dramatic increase in your finger dexterity by repeating these dexterity exercises as often as possible.   

There is no shortcut to be taken if you want to master finger dexterity exercises and develop great guitar technique.  Just play and practice everyday. 

Check out the charts and videos for more practice tips or take the link for guitar lessons on the home page.

Picking hand speed to increase finger dexterity

It is important to learn alternate picking when you are practicing  to increase your finger dexterity.  Alternate picking is a technique that should be used when working on scales. 


You can start by picking down then up and starting over on each string as you move down from the top guitar string.  Once you have mastered this method you will want to move to alternate picking for every note.  This means one note you pick down and the following not is an up pick.  You do not start over with each string.  You just alternate up and down picking every other note regardless of the string.  So sometime you will be hitting the next sting down with and up pick and sometimes you will be hitting it with an up pick.  Start out slow and practice to get the feel before increasing your speed.
 

You will now have two things to concentrate on when you are playing.  However this will help your finger dexterity as well.  The coordination needed for alternate picking will help both hands in the long run. 

Look for a video on alternate picking over that I will post over the weekend. 

finger dexterity, pentatonic scales and the blues with video

Playing the guitar can be simple or complicated.  A great number of rock and pop songs are played with just a few basic chords.  Much of the great lead guitar blues music every played has been a result of the pentatonic scale and a closely related blues scale with a flatted 5th, played over a I, IV, V chord progression. 

For example:  A 12 Barre Blues in the Key of G would be just 3 chords.  G, C and D.  You can use the relative minor to G, which is E minor pentatonic scale and make some great sounding licks.  You just have to increase your finger dexterity and muscle memory so you can play effortlessly without thinking about what notes you are hitting.  Once you get to this point you can let your emotions take over your playing and let the Blues flow. 

Both the G Major and E minor scales have only one sharp note.  The F is sharped or raised one fret in both Keys.  Therefore you can use E minor to create blues leads in the key of G.  Try it out and see if you can hear the familiarity with so many popular songs. 

The following video may be of help to you if you are trying to increase your finger dexterity and learning to play lead guitar and the blues.  Also check out the post finger dexterity and accuracy for a finger exercise that is a must use for anyone trying to build scale proficiency. 

The Pentatonic scale, specifically the Minor Pentatonic and the Blues Scale that is closely related to the minor pentatonic scale,  is used by almost every guitar player.  It is the main ingredient to Rock, Pop and Blues Guitar.  Here is a video of a minor pentatonic scale followed by a blues scale that has a flat 5 added.  It is only one more note but it it gives the scale more of the blues sound.

The following video will help you see how certain scales are played and how they can be movable.  You can increase your finger dexterity by playing scales from different root positions over and over. 

The Pentatonic scale, specifically the Minor Pentatonic and the Blues Scale that is closely related to the minor pentatonic scale,  is used by almost every guitar player.  It is the main ingredient to Rock, Pop and Blues Guitar.  Here is a video of a minor pentatonic scale followed by a blues scale that has a flat 5 added.  It is only one more note but it it gives the scale more of the blues sound. 

finger dexterity and the pentatonic scale

We can get into the theory behind pentatonic scales later but all you need to now now is the finger patterns for the root 6 minor pentatonic scale and the very similar blues flat 5 scale.  This two scales will let you jam for hours and increase your creativity.  These two scales are the most prominent scales used in Rock, blues, and pop music. 

You can learn the minor pentatonic scale in a few days and increase your finger dexterity so you can quickly be playing blues and rock riffs.  It is not as difficult as it looks and just learning these two scales will give you the opportunity to get creative.  As soon as you learn a new scale you should start to play your own riffs and licks.  You do not need to spend hours and hours copying someone else's material.  You will have time for that if you want to later but as you start to learn scales you can define your own signature sound and use your creativity to make your own music.  If you try this out you will have a very unique sound and won't be labeled as the next so and so.  You will be an original. 

Playing the guitar is about creativity and improvising.  If you want to connect your emotions to the music you play improvising is the key.  Once you learn the Pentatonic Scales, especially the Minor Pentatonic Scale and your finger dexterity has improved, you will be free to create music related to whatever you are feeling.



The C minor and C major Scales have the same finger pattern on the guitar neck
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As does the C minor pentatonic and C major pentatonic
if you learn one you know two

Finger Dexterity and Accuracy

Here is an exercise that I have found most helpful for improving finger dexterity and accuracy. It calls for a long stretch over 5 frets using you index, middle and pinkie finger in a three note sequence changing strings with each finger.






















________________________________________________7________
____________________________________7_______5____________
_______________________7________5______3________________
____________7______5_______3___________________________
______5_________3______________________________________
_3_____________________________________________________


This exercise increases finger strength as well as muscle memory. It also calls on you to have great technique in order to hit the strings clearly. Your finger dexterity will be increased naturally as your accuracy improves. Concentrate on keeping your pinkie finger directly on the note to be played while keeping the rest of your finger off of the strings.

Often the weakest link in building finger strength is the pinkie. It is not used for a lot of other things the way your index finger is used and it takes special effort to gain the dexterity needed to play great scales using all four of your fingers.

It is vital to become a great guitar player to have great strength in all four fingers. It will benefit your sound and your playing in the long run. Don't make the mistake of many guitar players by taking the easy way and rely on shifting your hand to allow for use of only 3 fingers. If you get too used to playing across only 3 frets you will limit your ability to improvise and smoothness.

The importance of finger dexterity can not be under emphasized.

Another variation of this 3 fret stretch is as follows:

_______________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________7_____3_________________________________________
__________5________________5____________________________________
___3_____________________________7____Repeat 5 times

This exercise give a funky sound and is fun to play. Again emphasize technique keeping your pinkie above he strings. Your brain will naturally help you become more accurate with your picking hand as your practice.


Remember, Finger dexterity is the key to great guitar playing. With it you can never be free to put your soul into your playing. It is just like anything else. Everything is usually difficult before it becomes natural and if you have the self discipline to practice daily to increase your finger dexterity you will reap the rewards of your hard work.


finger dexterity practice session to build agility.

Scale repetition is the key to building finger dexterity and skill.  Start with the minor pentatonic scale and repeat it in all five forms up and down the neck.  A practice session that will build finger dexterity can be long or short but you have to do it every day. There is something magical that will happen if you do some form of finger dexterity practice every day, at least once a day.  Play until you hand cramps up or gets too tired to play the notes. 

This scale pattern is great for building finger strength and improving speed. 

e_________3____5_6__________________________________
b_________3_4____6_________________________________
g_____2___3____5___________________________________
d_________3____5___________________________________________
a_________3____5_6__________________________________________
e_________3____5_6__________________________________________

The Bold italic signifies the root of this scale.  This is a basic tablature chart that shows you the guitar strings on the left with the low E String at the bottom.  The numbers on the lines correspond to the fret number on your guitar.  The 3 means you are going to be playing that particluar string while pressing down at the 3rd fret.  This is how your guitar would look if you had it in your hands in playing position and then set the back of it on your lap and were looking down at the guitar and neck.  This is an excellent scale pattern to build finger dexterity in your middle and ring finger.  Use this scale to with 3 fingers to build up your middle and ring finger dexterity and then use your index, ring and pinkie in a separate practice set. 

Take a minute to rest and then do it again.  Repeat this burn session at least five times.  Play until it burns then rest and repeat.  This is like pumping iron for your fingers and you will build finger dexterity very quickly this way. 

Next, take the minor scale from the home page of this website and start on the third fret and run the scale down and then up, and then move over two frets and repeat.  Use alternate picking and good technique and move your way up the next taking note of the root note as you start each scale run.  This will get you more familiar with the guitar neck and it will also build your strength and dexterity. 

Remember every day is a practice day.  You do not want to take a day off if at all possible.  Doing these practice sessions everyday for a few months will jump start your shredding career. 

The Minor Pentatonic Extended Guitar Scale for Finger Dexterity

  This is a very easy scale to master and one that does not call for a lot of finger
dexterity.  But it will be a good foundation for your playing and finger development. The charts
are from Cyberfret.  
 
e|-0-----0-  
B|-0-----0-  
G|-0---0---  
D|-0---0---  
A|-0---0---  
E|-0-----0
 
Here is the Minor Pentatonic Scale for E in the open position. 
This is a great place to start your pentatonic playing but it takes little finger
dexterity and will not give you the variety you need to play complete solos.  However, 
the open position scale is awesome for creating licks and fills because the open strings
add that additional note to your riffs without having to use another finger.  You can quickly 
develop your speed with the open scale by using the hammer on and pull off techniques. 

But now you will want to go a step further and extend this scale further up the neck. 

Here is the E minor pentatonic scale that covers a range of three octaves from the first fret
all the way up to the 12th fret.  This scale is great for playing the blues and other rock
songs and you can play a variety of riffs all over the neck.  This is a simple scale
but you will look professional by knowing how to apply it over three octaves.

e|-------------------------------10-12-  
B|-----------------------8-10-12-------  
G|-------------------7-9---------------  
D|-------------5-7-9-------------------  
A|---------5-7-------------------------  
E|-0-3-5-7----------------------------- 
 
As you practice and as you continue to build your finger dexterity take note of the patterns and 
shapes that you see with in the scale.  These shapes are how you will begin to develop your phrases
patterns within the over all pentatonic scale.  The pentatonic scales are easy to play but it is 
a good idea to practice using your pinkie finger and middle finger as well to increase you
finger dexterity.  It might not be important with this scale but as you move to more complex
 
Take not of a few of the fingerings and work on the scale in short phrases.  This will 
increase your creativity and allow you to memorize the notes.   
 --------  
B|-------------  
G|-------------  
D|---------5-7-  
A|-----5-7-----  
E|-5-7---------    


e|---------  
B|---------  
G|-----7-9-  
D|-7-9-----  
A|---------  
E|--------- 


e|-------10-12-  
B|-10-12-------  
G|-------------  
D|-------------  
A|-------------  
E|-------------

e|----------  
B|-----8-10-  
G|-7-9------  
D|----------  
A|----------  
E|---------- 
 
Practice Sessions
You can practice these scales running in both directions while incorporating a few licks and
phrases into the mix.  I always think it is best for your creativity to try and come up 
with your own licks and riffs right from the start.  You will begin to get a feel for what fits
and what does not fit into the music and you will be a more natural re player than if you 
spend a lot of time copies the licks of other players.  There are a few riffs that are classic
and that you will want to learn at some point but don't be afraid to start developing your owns phrases
and chops that will be uniquely yours and part of your signature style. 

I have shown you the E minor pentatonic scale but you can easily move this scale around the neck 
to play in other keys.  You can also start to work on your finger dexterity by combining the patterns 
without having to slide your hand to reach the next note.  If you want to play the pentatonic minor 
scale in the key of G all you have to do is start complete sequence on the 6th string  3rd fret 
which is G.  The pattern or distances between notes stays the same so you now have the tools to 
learn all the minor pentatonic scales. 

Start practicing and start building your finger dexterity and you will be jamming in no time.  
 
 
 

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Finger Dexterity and the ease of learning Barre Chords

Here is an sample from a great article found on  hub pages explaining the simplicity of Barre Chords on Guitar

The best way to learn the guitar is to start with a few open chords that can easily be converted to barre chords by moving the open chord form up the neck as a barre chord.
Start with the open E chord and open A minor chord. These are two of the most useful chords you can learn and they both convert easily to barre chords. For example make an open E chord with your pinkie, ring and middle finger. Then slide this configuration over so your middle finger is between the first and second fret and your ring and pinkie finger are between the second and third fret.
Your index finger is available to be used to "bar" the first fret by covering the strings from the top or low E down to the bottom or high E string. Strum the strings from top to bottom and you will be hearing the F Major Chord. Now move this chord up the neck two frets with your index finger on the third fret. You now have the G Major chord. It is very simple but very effective for making progress quickly on the guitar. Another two frets up the neck and you will be at the A Major Chord.
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Barre Chords and the guitar with video

The imporatance and simplicity of barre chords


Barre Chords are one thing you that will increase your knowledge of the guitar very quickly. Practicing  them will also improve your finger dexterity   Just by learning a few open chords you will open up your options to hundreds of different variations of sounds.




 Once you master the barre chords using the e major form, the A minor from, and the A major form you will know 80% of all the chords every played in rock and blues music.  If you already know the open chords and have good finger dexterity and strength from practicing the open chords, learning barre chords will be a breeze and it will just take a little practice.  It won't take long for you to master the barre chrods but it will open up  the doors to hundreds of new songs. 

Finger Dexterity and Finger Strength improved by playing scales

Finger dexterity is something you can improve over time with practice and repetition.  Your fingers have muscles just like the rest of your body and you can increase your finger strength which will increase your finger dexterity by exercise.  Just like lifting weights or doing pull ups to increase the strength of your biceps, doing scales in a repetitive manner you will improve your hand and finger strength and this will help your guitar playing. 

The strength of your hands and fingers are the key ingredients to good finger dexterity.  If you don't build up good finger strength and good finger dexterity your guitar playing will be limited to a few chords.  But don't worry it is possible to increase your hand and finger strength in order to improve your guitar playing.  The blazing fingers of great musicians are not just results of natural ability.   Practice, practice and more practice will give you the edge you need to improve your fret board skill and mastery of the guitar. 

If you have small hands or large hands, long fingers or short fingers, you can improve your finger dexterity by repetition.  Repeating scales all over the fret board in a series of sets is like pumping iron with your fingers. 

Start with a simple routine and put in your time daily.  Every day you will get closer and closer to your goal of amazing finger dexterity. 


















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Finger dexterity for guitar

Finger dexterity for guitar

Here is a related article on hub pages that will be of interest to anyone working on building their finger dexterity and speed on the fret board.

An easy way to increase your finger dexterity





One of the best ways to increase your skill is to always hold your guitar pick the same way.  This is especially important when you begin to take lessons or begin to start working on yourfinger dexterity and speed.  Find a  position that is comfortable and that feels good to you and be sure to hold the guitar pick this way every time you pick it up.  This is one of the best ways to jump start your picking speed and to keep your picking hand up to speed as you increase your finger dexterity

Guitar lessons are a great way to learn but you have to take yourself to the next level though practice and persistence.  You can learn to shred if you work hard enough and continually improve your technique.  You can become great by practicing your scales for 30 minutes a day.  Just do it once a day for 30 minutes and run through a few scales and in 6 months you will be on your way.  Your finger dexterity will be head and shoulders above your peers.   

Guitar: stretch and strengthen your fingers

Here are a few easy tips to build speed and finger dexterity on the guitar fret board

1.  Stretch your hand using your index, middle and pinkie finger by putting your index finger on fret 3 then skip a fret and put your middle finger on fret 5 and your pinkie finger on fret 7.  This will extend your reach and improve your strength if you start on the lowE string and work down the neck and back up again. 

It might be a little painful and you hand will cramp but do it until it burns and then rest a minute and do it again.  Try it for 5 sets and work on good technique as you move from string to string to string.  Good technique is hitting one string with each finger and make a clear tone without muffling. 

For those of you who want to take this up a notch do it on your acoustic guitar with acoustic light gauge strings.  It will really test your finger dexterity and strength.  If you want excellent finger dexterity practice daily with your acoustic guitar and not just the electric.  If you want to be great you have to be able to jam on your acoustic with out the aid of distortion or increased volume.  One of the fastest ways to fizzle is to learn everything on the electric guitar with light gauge strings later to realize you are not really playing with good technique.  The audience will see right through your tactics when it comes time play an acoustic set.  Don't let it happen to you. 

try the Natural Minor Scale

Here is an example of a natural minor scale that you can start anywhere on the neck of your guitar. Learning to play the guitar takes practice and learning the natural minor scale is a great way to start.  This will build your finger strength and give you a great foundation to improvise as you improve.  Minor scales are used over and over again by rock and blues guitar players.  Your creativity is the only thing that can limit you when using a minor scale.  The better you become at playing the minor scale the more you can teach yourself different licks and riffs that will be original.  You do not have to copy anyone to be a great guitar player.  If you can use the minor scale to create original licks and leads you are on your way to being a great guitar player.
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Natural Minor

Natural Minor
Major and Minor Scale Patterns