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ways to get cleaner fretting technique?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by codydang, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. codydang


    Feb 5, 2012
    San Jose
    Hi there, I've made a video of myself playing a bit, and I'd like to know how to improve my fretting hand from where I am right now. It'd be great to know what I have right, and what I can fix. Thank you!
  2. St. Louis Scot

    St. Louis Scot

    Sep 16, 2013
    Austin, Tx
    Your playing in the video was very linear (up and down the fretboard.) If this is typical for you, I'd recommend spending time learning your entire fretboard. Once you're comfortable where same notes can be played, you'll start to notice patterns in hand positions, and how the tone is different. Practicing arpeggios is excellent for this.

    Keep it up. You have a goal and aren't afraid to ask questions. That's excellent. You'll go far.
  3. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006

    Here is my 2 cents worth. I think for the time being that slow deliberate fretting practice, like in the first clip below, would be most beneficial. It is important for a smooth fretting technique, to keep the fingers close to the fretboard. Dont worry about speed for now. This will happen naturally with constant practice. The second clip has some similar ideas, but is a bit more advanced. The third clip is about developing a safe way to play, so you avoid possible injury problems.

    Finally, be patient with yourself. Give your hands and fingers time to adapt to this new "job" being asked of them.

    Hope this helps. :)


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