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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. 

Natural Minor

Natural Minor
Major and Minor Scale Patterns