Become More Comfortable on the Guitar

By February 20, 2013Guitar

Greetings! In this video, I’ll show you a couple simple exercises you can practice to become more comfortable on the guitar. If you’ve been playing for a while, you may have seen this before, and you may not need it.

I believe that developing greater finger strength, dexterity, and fretboard awareness will lead to better playing all around. With that in mind, I recorded this video to give you some basic exercises and practice strategies to start working toward that. Feeling awkward on the guitar is not conducive to musical playing. Let’s master some simple things and increase your spatial awareness of the neck and your picking hand.

Notes about the video: be sure to play the major scale ascending and descending. I only played up the scale in the video and forgot to come back down.

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Here is the diagram for the major scale. Notice that you start with your 2nd finger on the 5th fret. Start slow and gradually increase the tempo. Also, as much as I hate to admit it, the metronome is a good friend. Don’t forget to use alternate picking and practice without looking at your hands!

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Find the above notation in PDF form here: Scales and Thirds

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