Single Note Melodies to Build Finger Strength
Beginners Corner • 5m 1s
Building up your finger strength is crucial to being able to do practically anything on the guitar. It’s important to understand if you’ve never played the guitar before, you’re going to be asking your fingers to do movements, stretches, and bends that they’re not used to doing, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a little extra practice to build up your finger strength and dexterity. Just like lifting weights, building up your finger strength takes repetition.
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A popular technique to use on power chords and other guitar riffs is called muting, also known as palm muting. Muting is achieved by resting the meaty part of your palm (hence, palm muting) on the strings as you strum them, finding the perfect balance between full ringing of the notes and complet...
Chord Switching Practice
Now that we have some more chords in our pocket, let’s apply the strumming patterns from a previous lesson to create some awesome new chord progressions for you to practice. As always, start slow with your metronome, and slowly increase the tempo as you get comfortable with the chords.
Essential Strumming Patterns
Without a solid foundation of rhythm, music is not really music at all… it’s just noise. Developing a strong sense of internal rhythm starts with practicing simple patterns with a metronome. From there, you can either speed up or, what’s sometimes even harder, slow down the tempo. Pattern #1 will...