Video: Learn How To Play Guitar Fast With Less Effort Using Correct Fretting Hand Technique
Want to play guitar fast with killer technique, cleanliness and consistency?
Having correct fretting hand technique is essential.
Good news is, you don't need to be an expert to understand how to correctly position your fretting hand for the best results.
Learn how to instantly make playing guitar fast easier using the fretting hand positioning in this video:
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The #1 thing to pay attention to as you work on your fretting hand technique is…
Your fretting hand thumb.
Whatever problems you have in your fretting hand, your thumb is likely part of it.
If you have issues with stretching – your thumb is likely to blame.
Make sure it stays behind the neck of the guitar (aligned with the middle finger and pointing up towards the ceiling). This makes it much easier to spread your fingers on the fretboard.
That said, there are times when you can have your thumb over the neck of the guitar are:
- when you are doing string bends and vibrato, or
- when you are playing on the high (in pitch) frets. For example: past fret 14.
If you have issues with position shifts – your thumb could be to blame as well.
Make sure the thumb stays behind the middle finger when you shift positions.
If you struggle with finger independence of the fretting hand – pay attention to your thumb position as well.
If you let your thumb slide to be behind the index finger, your fingers become likely to lift off the strings.
But when you bring it back into its proper position, the fingers will get closer to the strings.
Now that you know how to improve your fretting hand technique, it’s time to improve the rest of your guitar playing, put it all together and reach your other musical ambitions.
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For example: in private lessons a teacher would only see or hear you play once per week. The rest of the time (in between your lessons) you are on your own.
(This is how bad habits often form without you realizing it. Habits that can take months to solve.)
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