Most of us start playing the guitar because we want to learn how to play our favorite songs. But without the proper technique and skills within our fingers, learning your favorite songs can be frustrating. When you are practicing the guitar, be sure to spend some time on working finger exercises and technique drills. By training your fingers to effortlessly perform common movements, you will be able to make larger strides in your guitar playing faster.
The problem with exercises or “drills” is that they get boring and repetitive. I give my students exercises to mix in with their song practice but the problem I found was that they wouldn’t do them. I came across an awesome program called Finger Trainer from Shred Academy. This program features real drums, and real guitar. You are able to play along with the example and feel like you are in a real band setting. Once I set my students up with this, their skills improved dramatically!
Finger Trainer has Bending exercises, Alternate Picking, String Skipping,Legato, Tapping, perhaps the most difficult and desired technique of all – Sweep Picking, and something that most teaching neglects – Combinations of multiple techniques so you can learn to apply them in real life away from the training ground. They even include a lesson manual which explains what every technique is, and how to do it!
It is important as a new guitar player to begin working on key exercises that you will be able to use in every song that you learn to play.
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