Minimum Movement Exercise

One of the most powerful and effective exercises you can do to improve your guitar technique!


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You don’t mention the finger spread problem. The furthest my pinky to my index finger is only 3 frets. I have to bounce my hand up and down to reach the four frets so the fingers are back & forth fast. I have reached 240 bpm of 1/4 notes or 60 bpm of 1/16 notes. I have practiced this position for 2 months now at a minimum of 2 hours a day and often 2 hours twice a day. I’m at my limit.

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For this issue there are two things to do. One is easy … move the scale pattern further along the neck where the frets are closer together. For instance B major scale rather than G major scale. And do the finger stretch exercises within your practice routine if this is an issue preventing your progress. Finger Stretching Exercise | JustinGuitar.com

A sentence within the ‘before you begin’ paragraph states:

This exercise is not about speed at all.

Instruction 1 of the lesson is:

  1. Play the scale up and down very slowly.

This is not, definitely not, about speed. It is about careful and controlled movement.

This is way too much on something that should be a small, compartmentalised element within a bigger practice routine.
Again in the lesson’s content Justin writes (in bold):

You should do this exercise for 5-10 minutes a day for a month or two.

Hope that helps.
Cheers :smiley:
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I have just added this to my routine - it’s loooooong overdue. Question : did anyone else experience their fingers shaking trying to do this? I’m sure it’s just the newness of the thing and the slothlike tempo, but it’s still a little disconcerting. I’m curious to hear your experience with this.

Cheers!

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Sure I had it, as you say something new for your fingers causes it and one day it will go away without you even noticing it :slight_smile:

I appreciate the validation - thanks! I can’t remember the last time an exercise was so challenging - this is just one of those things that can’t be rushed or forced, it’s just gotta be slogged through.

Cheers!

As Adi says, sure and the slower I went the more they shook. It was if they were rebelling against what I wanted them to do. Mind over matter won in the end but my pinkie still has those moments of not wanting to conform now and then.

:sunglasses:

My pinky likes to do its own little dance. Slowly improving though.

I’m glad to hear that putting in the reps is yielding results; I know it’ll get less awkward over time, but it feels like two minutes of near-futility at the moment. I’m guessing that this is one of those skills where “trying harder” to learn it is counter-productive, and I just have to put in the time and let it happen at my pinkie’s pace.

It’s been a while since this lesson, I’m going to practice it daily again, during practice my little finger does its best and behaves well, … but during solo guitar practice the little… beep… rascal, goes fly again :smirk: