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🎸 Here’s a Cool Guitar Finger Exercise for You!

Are you having trouble moving your fingers from chord to chord?

Or, perhaps having problems trying to play some kind of cool solo?

The Finger Crawl exercise is great for your left hand coordination.

However, if you really want your fingers to work the way you really want them to, try this exercise.

I call it Diagonals.

As you do the exercise, you will see why it is called that way. Your fingers move in a diagonal direction across the fretboard.

You don’t have to be a lead guitar player either. Every guitarist should do this kind of exercise.

I do need to tell you that if you have never done it before, it will be hard.

Press through it. I assure you that you will be able to play it well in a short amount of time.

As long as you practice it.

Even if you have a handful of minutes available, this could be a good one to keep the fingers in shape.

=> But, a word of caution, if you have never done this before: start slow! It might hurt a little if you overdo it.

Take your time building up to it. You will definitely do well in time.

“All good things come to those who are patient”

Hop on over to the blog to get a detailed description (w/TABS) and the video on how to do the two methods:

Here’s the Blog that describes it in detail: Diagonal Finger Exercise

Want the video? Here ya go:

Good luck!

How to Deal with One of the Major Struggles on Guitar

So, recently I posted a question on several social media groups for guitar and came up with some interesting answers.

What was the question you ask?

It was this:

“What is the #1 thing you struggle with on guitar?”

And wow, there were some struggles! Many of them I can relate to…

My guess is you do too.

Do you want to guess what was the #1 struggle?

Several hundred comments collectively came my way and it took some time to gather them all.

Here was the top struggle:

Strumming.

Yeah, that was it. How about you?

See, I think that no matter where you are in your playing journey, you will encounter some kind of strumming issue. And yes, that includes you more advanced players!

It could be anything from trying to get a simple downstrum technique right to some complicated, off time, rhythmic strumming piece of music.

But everyone had one thing in common: they just wanted to get it right.

I have taught many people at all levels of experience and ability.

I am here to tell you that no matter where you are in your playing: you can overcome whatever your are struggling with in your strumming and achieve some awesome results!

Really.

Most of us simply need some kind of direction. Then, we need a plan of action.

I suppose you can do it on your own. I know I did a long time ago and it took a long time to get it right.

Most of us need someone to help direct us whether that be from a video, a course, or a teacher.

I would encourage you to find someone or someplace to help you with that. It will make your journey so much easier and fun!

Get a lesson or grab a course or find a cool guy on You Tube that knows what he is doing and stick with it.

And then Practice! There is no substitute for that.

For many of you beginners, there is this cool guy on You Tube that has some videos to help with your strumming (you KNEW this was coming, ha!).

This is one of my favorites to teach beginners: Night Moves by Bob Seger. But seriously, if that isn’t your song, just go to the Playlist: Easy Acoustic Guitar Strumming Songs and find something to work on. It will make your life better!

A Couple Fun Songs to Play

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.” — Victor Hugo

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” — Frank Zappa

“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.” — Jimi Hendrix

Here are a couple of fun songs to play.

Working Man (Rush)

Believe it or not, there are some Rush songs that you don’t need a music degree from Berkeley to play! 🙂

Rush has been my favorite band since I was a kid.

I even play in a Rush tribute band in the Chicago area (Animation a Tribute to Rush – check it out: https://atributetorush.com/)

However, I can tell you that some songs aren’t really out of reach for many of you.

Working Man is one of them.

In fact, there are a number of my beginning students that actually are making great progress with this song (even on acoustic guitar!).

And, even if Rush isn’t your main band, you can still learn a lot by figuring out how to play this song.

Here ya go!

Working Man

Here’s the TAB that contains the main parts: Working Man TAB

Day Tripper

Beatles songs are timeless. It seems that every generation at least knows about their songs (seen the movie Yesterday yet? Go see it!)

So, it is always a good idea to have some Beatles songs in your back pocket to play.

Here is a video on how to play the main riff to the song Day Tripper.

Here is the TAB to the lick: Day Tripper TAB

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!Have fun!

Rock on until the next time!