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btimm  
12 Feb 2010 23:21 | Quote
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I started trying to work hard on finger strength, figuring I could spend 30 minutes a day to improve this area and then do work with chords during other practice time, whether it is trying to learn songs I like or just learning chords in general. I saw this pretty cool lesson and started working on it:

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/lesson.php?id=21

Basically I was just curious how long it took some of you to feel comfortable with playing scales and things like this lesson comfortably at a decent speed. Like maybe 8th notes at 120 bpm or so. Also I am working to make sure I start ingraining good habits right away with not letting the fatter part of my finger push down on the fret, but using my finger tips, but my pinky doesn't seem to want to cooperate. Is this an issue that goes away with time or is something I should do to try and fix this now?
Ozzfan486  
13 Feb 2010 01:00 | Quote
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Personally, I don't use my pinky for anything special. Usually just scale type stuff. Although, I'll try to help out.

I found this kind of shape a big help.

---------------457
------------457---
---------457------
------457---------
---457------------
457---------------

Just doing that and building speed with it. Not getting fast. But getting a speed down pact, stoppping, and working on a faster one. That or this shape

---578--------------

Actually, theres a Slash lick that REALLY helps with this that I found.

----98986-----------
----------6---------
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For that, all but the first, and last notes are hammer-on and pull-off. He does it VERYYYYY fast in the Tokyo solo. Theres actually a vid on this lick, where a dude shows exactly how to play it, but it's 2 AM. lol. And I'm lazy. I'll try to find it tomorow.

Hopes this helps,

Ozz
BodomBeachTerror  
13 Feb 2010 01:21 | Quote
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ive found that if youre using extra light strings its hard to build finger strength, almost all my finger strength is from playing an acoustic guitar
Ozzfan486  
13 Feb 2010 01:27 | Quote
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Yeah. After playing acoustic for a little bit, electric stuff seems like a breeze.
Guitarslinger124  
13 Feb 2010 06:59 | Quote
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btimm  
13 Feb 2010 11:34 | Quote
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Guitarslinger124 says:
Check out my lesson:

CLICK HERE FOR COOL FINGER WORKOUTS!


That is the lesson I talked about in my initial post. lol It's a really good lesson!
Guitarslinger124  
13 Feb 2010 12:37 | Quote
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Haha, my bad, I didn't realize!
gx1327  
15 Feb 2010 12:50 | Quote
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i never played acoustic, but i "accidentally" put .011 gage strings on my strat one time. that really helped me build up finger strength, now playing .009s on the artcore feels very effortless. the strat currently has .010s on it.

i say "accidentally" because i didn't know what gage strings originally came on the stratocaster and i couldn't find it anywhere, so i bought fender bullets in "regular" size, which is .011, figuring that regular was the regular size. apparently it's not. apparently "mediuM" is the regular size. numbskulls!
deadman2k666  
15 Feb 2010 20:35 | Quote
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i found playing some dallas green songs helped with my pinky, along with some acoustic and barre chords
gmack  
31 Mar 2010 19:50 | Quote
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btimm says:
CLICK HERE FOR COOL FINGER WORKOUTS!

Similar I think to what I used to do back when I was learning classical guitar...

But my teacher would make me start on the low E in first position and run a pattern 1234, 1324, 1423...etc all the way to the fourth position and then move to the A and move from 4th position to first and then to the D...so on and so forth to the high E...and then back down GRRRR!

I'll try to post a better visual later...

G/


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