Fun Way To Develop Fretting Hand Dexterity and Muscle Memory for Beginner Guitarists
Doing anything on the Guitar is heavily dependent on the Fretting hand, as it most cases it does at least 50% of the work.
It becomes even more important for beginner guitarists to develop good fretting hand technique which can help them learn various things on guitar faster.
However, most beginner guitarists do not dedicatedly focus on building dexterity, speed, flexibility and muscle memory in the Fretting hand and fingers due to a lot of reasons like:
Imagine how easy Guitar playing would become if you were able to play any Fret on the Guitar without having to look at the Fretboard. Even better if this would not require years of experience and boring practice with mindless exercises.
What if there was a game instead, that could always tell you what level you are at, so that you can see how far you have progressed in this area.
Beginner guitarists struggle a lot when it comes to finding the right frets, while trying to play some basic music. Adding to this is the challenge of picking the right string and doing all this while looking at a 3rd place, which is the piece of music that they are trying to play.
Building a good level of dexterity in the fretting hand during initial days, takes away a lot of struggle with learning new music for beginner guitar players. Guitarists can simply focus on the music, instead of juggling with their eyes between the fretting and picking hand.
Absolutely not. It’s true that your Fretting hand technique keeps improving with your experience on the guitar. However the below game would help you get there faster.
Although this can be done at any stage of your guitar playing, especially if you are struggling to find frets without looking at the fretboard, this is particularly useful for beginner guitar players who more often than not have to deal with this challenge.
This game that I use with all my beginner guitar students has helped me a lot to fix their challenges with fretting right when they are getting started.
The best part about this is that it’s progressive and provides objective feedback. This enables you to track your progress and see the results for yourself.
You are going to see a list of 1 note, 2 note, 3 note and 4 note patterns, that involve playing different frets on different strings.
Your goal is to look at the patterns and try to play them as accurately as you can. Make a note of all the mistakes that happen along the process.
As you go along, you’ll realize that it keeps getting easier, and you may not have to do it for a very elongated period.
Even 1 week of doing this for a few minutes a day will set you on your way to building better dexterity and muscle memory in your Fretting hand.
Your scoring will be based on the least mistakes you make, so get a friend, family member of you guitar teacher to note down the mistakes and do the scoring for you in the beginning. After a few attempts, you’ll start realizing whether you are playing the correct fret or not.
This is an optional level, which you should attempt at leisure.
The reason being that you would have already got pretty good at finding the Frets in the 1st position if you have reached this far in the game.
Attempting this level will take your Fretting hand dexterity and muscle memory to a whole new level much faster.
There are two things you can attempt at this level:
About The Author:
Dhanesh Sarangadharan is a certified guitar teacher in Pune, Maharashtra India, who is passionate about helping students progress faster towards their guitar playing and musical ambitions.