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I'm learning to play the gee-tar and I need help (exercises) with stretching my fingers, so, that I'll be able reach those frets that a just a bit further away..Help?

Asked by Jude (32134points) July 3rd, 2010

You know, when you need to stretch that pinky out??

Man, I don’t know how to word this.

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aprilsimnel's avatar

Haha! I asked a similar Q last year!

partyparty's avatar

My SO is an avid guitar player, and regularly – almost on a daily basis – uses a squash ball to strengthen and stretch his fingers. It certainly works for him, why not give it a try.

kenmc's avatar

Its as simple as trying to reach the note over and over. Or try playing the same steps higher on the fret board and work your way up the neck.

rentluva5256's avatar

I learned a trick for stretching my fingers to play the piano. This will probably work for you too. What you should do is put your hand in warm water for about a minute or so, and then take it out and just kind of massage your fingers. I hope you know what I mean, and I hope it works. Best of luck!

Axemusica's avatar

I naturally have big hands so, I don’t have much problem reaching, but I do know that in order to hold that stretch you need dexterity and strength. Here’s a technique that’s helped me do both and not only does it give you the dexterity and strength (over time of course like any exercise would) it does it for each individual finger, giving you the ability to have more finger control.

Starting on the 1st fret with your index finger, pick your note: 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4. It’s imperative that you do this very slowly.Now while still holding your index finger on the first, take your middle and hold the 2nd, never releasing the index from the first: 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4. Ring finger to 3rd, again not releasing the 1st or 2nd from their frets: 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4… and the pinky on the 4th, also never releasing the other fingers: 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4.

Now this is probably where you’re like can I stop now? but no, you must do it for each string. Now, remember your fingers are still in line on the 6th string (The low E) now without releasing any but your index, place that on the 1st fret on the 5th string (The A): 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4. Never releasing, the index from the 1st fretted on the A and having your ring and pinky still on the E, take your middle finger and place it on the 2nd of the A: 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4. Notice how you never release your fingers unless you’re moving to the next string? Do this for every string as long as you can stand, everyday before playing guitar. With in a couple weeks you will notice strength and after a month or so finger movement will seem more fluent.

But most of all!! Have fun. ;)

zophu's avatar

Nine Cutting Fingers of Ninjutsu

The instructions in this video may have been solely responsible for curing my nerve damage from a childhood injury. I’m sure it will help you stretch for playing the guitar, but you might end up wanting to play a zither instead, heh.

Fed_Up2's avatar

Before playing the guitar, flex your fingers on both hands (wiggle them up and down for about 3–5 minutes) or until they get warm on a daily basis. This give you strength, dexterity and gives you a longer reach. Worked for me…this is what my guitar teacher taught me.

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