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Title: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: justinguitar on July 14, 2008, 04:24:39 pm
Questions...

Lesson Link: http://www.justinguitar.com/en/TE-101-FingerStretchExercise.php
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: pablolespaul on July 18, 2008, 12:43:05 am
I´m wondering if it´s not mandatory to stretch the ring and middle finger (finger 2 and finger 3 in justin´s notes).
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Quark on July 18, 2008, 04:44:39 am
I am not sure I am reading your question correctly but if you are asking whether or not you need to stretch the ring and middle finger, I would suggest that you do. For example, I play mostly blues and need to stretch my pinky to get the notes further down the neck. But Justin showed me in NY a way to get an extra stretch by using my middle finger instead of my index finger for the second note in the chord. (i.e in the chunka chunka 12 bar blues put your index finger on the 2nd fret D string and your middle finger two frets down, F# instead of your ring finger.) It gives you an overall longer stretch. Initially this took some doing but I now I get the additional stretch from using the middle finger and I can easily hit the notes on the neck I could not before.  Hope this helps.

W
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: pablolespaul on July 19, 2008, 05:26:59 pm
Thanks Quark. Yeah, that was my question.

If you see the notes in Justin´s finger stretching exercise there´s no stretching between middle and ring finger, but since you need to stretch them in some other exercises (i.e legato) I was wondering why Justin didn´t put this particular stretch in his exercise.
    
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: justinguitar on July 19, 2008, 06:33:08 pm
Quark is right...

Stretching from 1st to 2nd is useful...

But working on stretching between 2nd and 3rd is not very useful unless you want to work on 4 note per string metal techniques (which I never did, but they exist).

You hand is not built to stretch between 2 and 3 - so I don't think it wise to fight it - especially as you will hardly ever use it!

That is why the exercise ignores that stretch...

J
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: DaSilvaRenegade on August 09, 2008, 04:46:55 pm
the hardest one for me is stretching the third and fourth because i think those two share a tendon so to separate them is a pain in the tuckus.

Duo
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: hilary7 on August 13, 2008, 05:28:09 am
Hi, Should i be touching any other strings while doing the exercises? I find it difficult to keep all 4 fingers on the 6th string even for exercise one.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Arry on August 21, 2008, 04:05:37 pm
Hi guys, i only have an acoustic at the moment. I think i have the technique down but it sounds a bit sh*tty. Is it worth me carrying on with the acoustic or is string bending only really used with electrics?
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: justinguitar on August 31, 2008, 03:54:38 pm
Arry and co - This exercise is not about how it sounds, it is about doing the stretch.

Doesn't matter if you hit other strings, or anything - just feel the stretch in your fingers and you are doing it right!

Hilary7 - Do try and keep all the fingers on - if you find it hard - then try curling your middle two fingers a little more!

And yes - DaSilva - it hurts ;)

J
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: koherp on September 25, 2008, 03:28:11 pm

hi justin and others,
i am a beginner working my way thru the hal leonard guitar method book (and following your site too of course) and figured its a good time to start some basic exercises.  Problem is, i can't even get my lame pinky to reach the 6th string (and barely get the 5th string) whilst holding down the other strings in the basic "non-stretched" starting position. Even sliding further down a few frets doesnt seem to help much  Note, i do actally have a normal length pinky, but it just wants to curl up and "pigeon toe" towards the ring finger. any advice?

PS-  interestingly enough , i am fairly accomplished pianist and have been told i have good stretch and strength in my fingers! (yes, even the pinkies... probably from playing a lot of baroque music)

thanks
KO
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: aging_bimbo on September 26, 2008, 10:00:17 am
koherp, you could try raising the pinky side of your palm closer to the neck of the guitar (ie rotate your hand a bit more) and see if that helps?
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Quark on September 26, 2008, 02:40:51 pm
Quote
Problem is, i can't even get my lame pinky to reach the 6th string (and barely get the 5th string) whilst holding down the other strings in the basic "non-stretched" starting position.

AB is absolutely correct. What also worked for me now that I think about it is I actually brougt my elbow and wrist in. Try bringing your elbow and wrist in, towards your body a little and see if that increases the reach. If not then you have to just keep practicing the stretch as Justin and others have noted previously.

W
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: koherp on September 29, 2008, 05:02:37 pm
thanks for the replies, guys.  i'm not sure if rotating the wrist is the solution, that seems to maybe gives a little bit of exta reach towards the 6th string but the rotation seems to pigeontoe the pinky in more (reduce the stretch?) ...  i'll need to continue to experiment more with some different positions and angles etc.thanks
KO
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Cobryn on October 05, 2008, 05:12:19 am
Arry and co - This exercise is not about how it sounds, it is about doing the stretch.

Doesn't matter if you hit other strings, or anything - just feel the stretch in your fingers and you are doing it right!

Hilary7 - Do try and keep all the fingers on - if you find it hard - then try curling your middle two fingers a little more!

And yes - DaSilva - it hurts ;)

J

First wanted to say great lessons! But my fingers must be stupid or something, they just can't seem to stretch that much yet.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: nmarlowe on December 10, 2008, 02:52:18 am
I have been working on this exercise for about a week or so. I think its going well, although I am a bit confused. The lesson mentions feeling the stretch in your fingers. I however feel the stretch in the back of my hand. I figured this was normal as all of the muscles that control the fingers are in the back of the had.

But, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong. I can go up and down twice in one shot before my hand starts to cramp at this point.

I also suffer the same pinky issue as mentioned before where it curves toward the middle finger. I assume this is something that will correct itself through time and practice, but I don't to inadvertently tech myself a bad technique. The pinky seems to have a very strong mind of its own and weak muscles to back it up with. Any tips?

Thanks!
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Gerald on December 16, 2008, 03:46:00 pm
Dear all,

When practicing my scales I often have a problem with my pinky. It starts to hurt at the back of my hand somewhere between the 3rd and 4th finger, sometimes also at the underside of my wrist, I guess it is where the tendon goes. It feels exactly as when I type with 10 fingers on the computer keyboard fast and have to stretch to reach the 'a' and shift buttons. Justin advised when you have real pain to stop practicing and that is what I do. After 10 minutes or so I start again, however the painful spots tend to remain tender, even the next day.
Any advice on what to do would be appreciated, maybe there are some useful excercises. I have to say that when I do my best to play with the tip of the pinky the correct way the problem seems to be less severe. Maybe that's the solution.

Thanks, Gerald.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: soresu on January 06, 2009, 02:02:04 am
In the beginning of the video you mention keeping your fingers square to the fret. My middle, ring, and pinky have no problem with this, but my index finger likes to roll off to it's side (if that makes sense). The left side of the index finger touches the string more than the right side. Kind of when you roll over your index finger to the side when barring chords.

Is this a bad habit? Thanks.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: FRET-E on January 30, 2009, 01:05:02 pm
I´m wondering if it´s not mandatory to stretch the ring and middle finger (finger 2 and finger 3 in justin´s notes).
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: FRET-E on January 30, 2009, 01:21:48 pm
When I do the finger strecthing exercises i have pain in the base of my thumb and inside of my wrest. Is this normal for evey one? OH by the way hello from Missouri.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: justinguitar on February 08, 2009, 05:36:36 pm
PLEASE be careful if it hurts. General rule: if it hurts after you stop playing you should go see a doctor.

I mild stretched sensation (like yoga stretching, or touching your toes) is normal, but pain is no good. Go see a doctor right away.

You can do this on any guitar.

It doesn't matter if you touch other strings, this is just an exercise in stretching, not on playing!

J
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: FRET-E on February 08, 2009, 05:45:22 pm
Thank you for the reply. Things are getting much better, i was just trying to push to hard..
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: allthegearnoidea on February 20, 2009, 06:08:47 am
In the beginning of the video you mention keeping your fingers square to the fret. My middle, ring, and pinky have no problem with this, but my index finger likes to roll off to it's side (if that makes sense). The left side of the index finger touches the string more than the right side. Kind of when you roll over your index finger to the side when barring chords.

Is this a bad habit? Thanks.
the same thing happens to me as soresu, i cannot make my index fingertip come down square onto the fret. it rolls over onto its side no matter what i try. is this normal? or is there some way to overcome this? i never seem to be able to get good pressure on the fret with the index fingertip because of this so the callous is developing on the side of my index fingertip
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: threepints on March 06, 2009, 10:26:21 am
I also have this problem where my index finger rolls onto its side as I stretch with my other fingers to the other frets. I am assuming that this will correct it self as ones joints and tendons become more flexible?

Of more concern to me is the feeling I get in my wrist or more accurately I guess the top of my forearm/ wrist area, this is quite significant and I find I need to shake my arm out after each exercise. Is this a normal place to get discomfort whilst carrying out this exercise?

PS I love the course and also your DVDs.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on May 02, 2009, 10:12:24 pm
I have a question for you justin.

First, I've been playing guitar on and off in my room for the last 13 years since I was 6 years old.  I've used basic beginner instructional books and haven't progressed so I started to doing this excercise to play more complicated songs.  You also need to know that my primary instrument is French Horn so I have a lot of pre existing dexterity from that and some piano playing when I was 11. 

So on to my question. 

When I stretch my first finger down a fret, or toward the headstock of the guitar, my finger for some reason flattens as I go up the excercise as if to play barred chords meaning the side of my fingertip vs. the tip of my finger.  Admittedly my left hand is a little distorted from playing French Horn because of the pinky ring to hold the instrument. 

Is that normal or okay if it flattens like that?  I haven't been able to unflatten it yet.  I solved my problem with my pinky finger with this excercise and want to know how to solve this one. 

Also.....(I thought I was done until I kept writing)

If I can stretch my hand like you showed in your video, the one with one fret between each finger that you advised against or thought as unnecessary, would it be okay to continue doing that stretch if it doesn't cause abnormal or excruciating pain? 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: threepints on May 03, 2009, 01:11:54 pm
Unfortunately Justin does not seem to reply  >:(
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on May 03, 2009, 09:01:38 pm
Maybe he's just busy and unless you have a solution to my questions I wouldn't be criticizing when Justin replies. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: threepints on May 03, 2009, 11:01:10 pm
Maybe he's just busy and unless you have a solution to my questions I wouldn't be criticizing when Justin replies. 

I was not critising anyone. I am most grateful for everything Justin does on this site. I also think his products are great for learning. So please do not take umbridge at my reply to your question.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on May 04, 2009, 03:41:52 am
Not trying to. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise - Left Hand
Post by: grutz on May 06, 2009, 11:53:04 pm
I may not be looking in the right place but I am not clear on the 'rules' for using the fingers of the left hand in a box.  Thd Scales exercise starts at root G with 2nd finger, when my assumption would be to start with #1.  So I suspect I am missing a chance to get better.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: drubio2 on May 14, 2009, 10:24:24 pm
I can do the finger stretching exercise when I'm sitting down but much to my frustration I can't do it while standing up in my guitar position. Does anyone have any tips for that as to how I can do it. My guitar position while I'm standing up isn't too low. The headstock begins about a little below my shoulder. I really don't want to compromise my standing position unless I have too. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on May 14, 2009, 10:57:13 pm
I've got the same problem.  I can stretch my fingers sitting down but have problems when I do it standing.  Did he say in his video that it was okay if the notes don't come out as long as you're stretching you're hand?  It's more about building flexibility than articulating the notes.  I'll go back and watch it. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on May 17, 2009, 01:16:14 am
When I'm doing this finger stretching exercise on the lower frets my left shoulder is coming forward as I try to do the 7 9 10 12 combo but further down on the neck for a greater stretch.  As I try I notice my shoulder coming forward and as I practice I start to get a very uncomfortable feeling in it.  It just seems to happen naturally when I'm doing this. Maybe I'm tensing up without being aware of this occuring.?  Who knows? Anyone else experience this?  How the heck can I keep my shoulder from coming foward as I play?

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on May 17, 2009, 06:08:49 pm
That's interesting.  I'll take a notice at how I play and let you know.  So far I haven't noticed how my shoulder moves.  I try to keep all my movement in my hands. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on May 18, 2009, 03:32:01 am
Thanks Sl8sh!  Your a real sweetheart!

BTW One more question!  How many times in a row should I complete this exercise?  Is once enough or should I go for the burn and do it a couple of times.  I sure do feel the stretch after I do it once but is more better?

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on May 19, 2009, 01:12:43 am
Thanks licksnkicks. 

I played today and my shoulder doesn't move unless I get a little carried away and play as if I'm playing to near a million people in a large stadium. 

As far as the stretching excercise, I do it several times as Justin suggests by moving the excercise slowly down the neck fret by fret.  It's helped in my dexterity.  I don't know how much but it does work. 

I guess it's really up to you and the kind of stuff you want to play.  I tend to go for the burn.  That's just me though. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on May 19, 2009, 03:09:32 am
K, I figured it out!  When I do the stretching exercise and am working my way toward the low E string that's when the shoulder gets a life of it's own.  I'm leaning forward with my left shoulder I guess to compensate for the fingers trying to reach the lower strings in this exercise.  I have to make an effort not to let this happen!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on May 19, 2009, 03:18:44 am
Cool.  Nice going that you caught your own mistake.   8)
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Nightmoore on July 22, 2009, 08:31:49 am
I was playing around with the stretching exercise on here and suddenly remembered what "fixed" my stretch issues when I started to get serious with the instrument.

By no means should you skip this exercise, but learning to play "Message In a Bottle" fixed my hands VERY quickly.  Someone else suggested it to me years ago and I decided to give it a whirl.

Here is Andy Summers HIMSELF teaching you how to play it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNVcTlfBzIk&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNVcTlfBzIk&feature=related)

When I started this, it H-U-R-T.  It took me a while to memorize the shapes (there's only two), then I had to work on the picking and speed, but I could only do it for maybe 10 mins at a time before my hand was killing me.  It doesn't help that I have small hands for a dude.  But I kept pushing (in moderation) and learning this song gave me such a bigger range on the neck.  When I started Justin's Legato-speed lessons on this site, nailing the 5 fret stretch at the bottom of the neck was easy!

Hope that helps some of you!  Plus you learn an awesome tune in the process!
 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on July 23, 2009, 03:57:25 am
Nice.  I'll try it. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: jph on August 27, 2009, 02:19:50 pm
Hi Guys and Gals,

If you're "done" with these very useful stretching exercices and feel like playing bits of tunes that are good stretching exercices, I would suggest, among many others:

- Intro of "Message in a bottle" (goal is to start on C#, 4th fret but you can play it a little bit higher on the neck if it's too difficult at first).

- "Every breath you take" (Police again, would you believe it?). Again, final goal is starting on C, 3rd fret.

I've done that on my electro-classical first and now it's a peace of cake on the electric...plus a lot of chords seem much easier to me now.

Have fun and don't kill your fingers, just give them a little exercice!

Hope this helps,

JPH
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on September 11, 2009, 03:10:06 am
Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll try those songs too and see where I get. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on September 13, 2009, 01:54:59 am
I just tried this and this is a killer workout for the fretting hand.  This is stretching beyond my normal limits which is good.  I'm just taking it slow though.  I have done it 4 or 5 times through and that's enuff for now. 

Thanks for sharing this!  This definitely takes me out of my comfort zone!  It's a good thing though!

Lnk
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: jph on September 13, 2009, 02:13:41 pm
Hiya,

Glad this is useful! Btw you bl. well right to do it slowly, as this is intended to be a stretching exercise. Also, don't forget to relax your fretting hand after a few minutes, by closing/opening it a couple of times and shaking it.

Rock on!

JPH
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on September 13, 2009, 02:40:37 pm

Rock on!

JPH

I will for sure ROCK ON!!  Thanks for sharing this.  It is a great way to stretch the hand to it's limits. I notice though that my fretting hand thumb this morning is actually quite sore.  I don't know what it is.  I will give it a rest.

Lnk
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on September 13, 2009, 11:13:51 pm
LnK:

If your fretting hand thumb is sore then your gripping the fretboard as a form of stress that you might not be playing fast enough or not hitting notes.  Try and relax your hand a bit.  I guess what I'm trying to say is you might be gripping the fretboard a little too hard.  And I am going out on a limb on this one 'cause my thumb hasn't gotten sore yet. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on September 14, 2009, 12:39:16 am
It's not that Slash it's the fact that I have to get that nerve reattachment in my pinky but it affects my thumb. The muscle mass in my fretting hand thumb  joint has atrophied as well because of nerve damage.  I will never get it back.   The pinky and thumb are connected in some way.  My doctor explained it to me and I can't for the life of me even remotely remember all the medical stuff he told me but the bottom line is I need surgery to make things better.  I was supposed to get it done on the 10th of Sept but I put it off cuz I have a huge jewelry show that I told you about in my pm coming up and I have been going crazy making stuff for it.  So I guess it will be in October or November.

Lnk
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on September 14, 2009, 07:03:49 pm
Didn't mean to pick on you if that's what I did but I had no idea you had some nerve damage.  I can only imagine how much that does affect things.  At least it hasn't stopped you from trying to play guitar. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on September 15, 2009, 04:58:20 am
No hun you can never do wrong!  Your an angel!!

Lnk
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on September 15, 2009, 08:20:54 pm
Just checking to make sure. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: rohanz on September 19, 2009, 08:27:11 pm
Hello everyone
i m rohan from India

I m a very very frequent visitor to this website , roughly 2 years or so (its the best in the world :) )
but m using the forums for the first time.

looking through the forum topics , i found this one to be appropriate for a question that i have.

since we were talking about stretching fingers.....
I found out that the stretching ability of my fingers reduce massively when i stand and play.
what i mean is that when i play the guitar sitting down, i have no problems in stretching my fingers accross 4 semi tones,and still get a clean sound, no problem.I can even play the Major scale as told by Justin in the major scale vids.
but while i wear the guitar with the strap and play standing up, it becomes very difficult.. The reach of my little finger with respect to my index finger reduces,also the strength reduces a lot.
Which i think is a very big problem.

So ,,, is this a problem unique to me, or do all face initially, or always(defenitely not always :) )

thankyou for reading..
rohan
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on September 19, 2009, 09:59:08 pm
I have some difficulty stretching my fingers when I'm standing.  In one of Justin's vids he says if you play with a strap to have the height of the guitar as if you are sitting so that way it's easier to play.

Another reason you might be having problems is you might not be curving your hand enough in order to stretch your fingers. 

These are just some guesses to help you identify what your problem might be so you can figure out how you might fix your problem. 

But I do have problems stretching when stading, especially when my fingers are spread wide apart (like one fret between each finger is still difficult, but I've been doing the excercise for a while so I'm getting there).
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on September 20, 2009, 02:23:50 am
Really curious as to my stretching abilities when standing up to.  So I just tried this and YES I can't quite do what I can when sitting and playing. 

I don't think I'm too worried about this though.  I noticed that my thumb on the back of the neck was not the way it was supposed to be.  I adjusted more to the bottom of the neck and a little more in the middle of what I was playing and that still didn't help much. 

What Slash said to in regards to this makes total sense as well.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on September 20, 2009, 04:13:08 am
I'm hoping it makes sense.  I don't normally pay attention to how I play until someone on the forum has a problem and then I go back and look and feel how I'm playing to see if I have the same problem.  If I don't have a problem I just guess as to what the problem might be.   
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: rohanz on September 20, 2009, 06:38:18 am
Thanks..

I did consider the height at which the guitar was, and all most instantly realized the difference.. M glad to know that this problem is not unique to me. That was worrying me..like everything else , i think practice if the ultimate answer.
just wonder how some metal guitar players manage to play those speed solos with the guitar hung all the way to their knees  :o ;D
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on September 20, 2009, 05:35:07 pm
I have no idea either how those metal guys play as low as their knees.  I don't even play that low.  I used to until my hand hurt and I had difficulties reaching the lower strings, then I raised my guitar and it fits better. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: pablolespaul on February 26, 2010, 09:37:46 am
Quark is right...

Stretching from 1st to 2nd is useful...

But working on stretching between 2nd and 3rd is not very useful unless you want to work on 4 note per string metal techniques (which I never did, but they exist).

You hand is not built to stretch between 2 and 3 - so I don't think it wise to fight it - especially as you will hardly ever use it!

That is why the exercise ignores that stretch...

J

I think is worth working on stretching between 2nd and 3rd as well, not only metal but in some jazz chords you need to stretch a bit between 2nd and 3rd.
It´s useful for me so I included that stretch in my practice routine.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Dii on March 12, 2010, 09:35:15 pm
Greetings folks.
I've been doing this streching exercise about a week and i feel pain in the muscle between the thumb and the poiting finger. Its supposed to happen? cause maybe i'm not having the best hand position. I'm trying to put the fingers square on like Justin recommends but when when i strech any of the fingers i have to bend my hand a little bit has i have very small hands ( yes its true :P )
Just want to know what you think about it, i can easly handle the pain, just wondering if its part of the workout..  ;D
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Berry on March 15, 2010, 11:17:01 pm
I get exactly the same pain in the same part of my hand as you, I assume its normal, i've never really questioned it and just assumed thats what the exercise is aims for  :)
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: licksnkicks on March 18, 2010, 03:28:34 am
Okay then another oldie but a really good stretching song is The Jack by AC/DC.  The stretch is a killer.  If you can do this you can practically do any song that requires you to stretch.  Now Message in a Bottle by the Police is easy.  I couldn't do it before!  Peice of cake now.

Lnk
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on May 13, 2010, 04:43:22 pm
If you are having pain in your hand you are making your muscles tense as you play.  This is not good.  Try to relax your hand and not have tension.  I don't know how to describe this in words.  I'm having the same problem with piano at the momment (yes I'm officially taking it back up in order to pass a stupid proficiency test that has nothing to do with French Horn) and my teacher always says to relax the muscles.  It's difficult when you haven't had piano in 9 years. 

The only other time my hand has hurt (I've never had it hurt in a bad painful way, but in a good stretching of the muscles way) is when I grip the guitar neck when I'm attempting to play fast.  That's when I learned that I have to use smaller movements to play fast and to keep my fingers closer to the fretboard. 

Anyway, hope this helps, this is just an opinion and a guess. 
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: guitarpadawan on September 09, 2010, 10:00:35 am
Hi all,

On this tutorial I have a big problem, and would need some help.

When I do this finger-stretching exercice, my wrist gets naturally to a 90 degrees angle, to help placing the fingers. It gets painful quite soon (after 2 minutes) for me, the pain being focused on the back part of my wrist.
(If I try to let my wrist at a 0 degrees angle, I just can't put my fingers where they should be).

Is this normal ? People here speak about the "finger stretching feeling in the fingers", I only feel pain in my wrist (pain stops when I relax and stop doing the exercice)

Am  I doing it wrong ? Any advise is very welcome folks :-)

Thank you,

C.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Daya on October 09, 2010, 08:53:24 am
Hi all,
I logged in to ask the exact same question.
My wrist hurts as hell, and I'm using all the tips offered ,as bending and placing the thumb in the middle and not on top.My friend told me I should keep my arm distant from the body, but truth is nothing helps.There are chords I can't get If I don't "twist" my arm,and the stretching exercises hurt my wrist and arm too,but I feel nothing in the fingers.
I'd really like to hear some tips on how to prevent that.Since I'm a stubborn person and won't stop because of pain , especially with my new electric guitar :o) , my wrist will soon be a goner.  :-\

Thanx  :D

Daya
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Blackheathen on January 02, 2011, 04:56:17 am
I have found that Blackbird is a really good finger stretching tune.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Sl8sh on March 02, 2011, 01:47:10 am
I wasn't sure where to post this question (things have been busy since I transferred to a four year school in a four year music program for french horn):

I managed to get my guitar for the quarter to help out in my singing tests (when I can't get a hold of a piano) and since I haven't been playing a lot (really hardly at all), I've noticed that my 2nd and 3rd fingers are weak and are not that flexible.  Any suggestions to stretch out those fingers to make them just as limber as my 1st and 4th fingers?

Sl8sh

And to those who are new, no I'm not the former GnR guitarist in case any one gets confused or sends questions to my inbox regarding my avatar...if it's still up.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Zandalor on April 30, 2011, 10:59:58 am
I a problem with finger stretching (and my hand in general).
When I am pressing the string my little finger gets twisted and I can't get it rounded, it is hard to press it, etc. Well, I can't explain that with words so I'll post some photos.
That photo is on 6th string
(http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/5436/20110430112855.th.jpg) (http://img59.imageshack.us/i/20110430112855.jpg/)
And it gets even worse on 1st string
(http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/167/20110430113322.th.jpg) (http://img834.imageshack.us/i/20110430113322.jpg/)

Is there something I can do to hold that finger straight?
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Bootstrap on April 30, 2011, 01:14:43 pm
My only suggestion would be to try and build up the muscles either side doing a bit of resistance work - try spreading your pinky from your other fingers whilst holding pressure on it with your other hand for a count of 12, relax, repeat. Then let your pinky seperate from your other fingers and try to pull it back towards them but hold it our with your other hand for a count of 12, relax, repeat.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Gandalf on April 30, 2011, 01:25:57 pm
Have look at this thread http://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=25329.msg200548#msg200548 (http://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=25329.msg200548#msg200548) and my last post about finger stretching exercises, they will certainly help you.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Diesel McGunner on June 23, 2011, 11:55:30 am
I've noticed that this lesson concentrates on seperatin between the 1st and 2nd and 3rd and 4th excercise. My 2nd and 3rd fingers have practically to space between them, is there some way I can work on that? I assume from the excercise that they aren't supposed to go too far apart but at the 5th and lower frets they have so little space between hem I can'teven get them buth right behind the frets so 'm developing really bad tecnique.

Should I be trying to excercise stretching between 2nd and 3rd? I really think I need to but the lesson doesn't have a part on doing that.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Diesel McGunner on June 23, 2011, 12:36:53 pm
Ah sorry just realised I put this in the wrong place and this lesson does have a bit on that. I don't know whether I should be trying to practice that though, I can't even do the excercise it says in this lesson for 2 and 3...
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Gandalf on June 23, 2011, 01:23:57 pm
Something that may help stretching the space between fingers, is a video I saw on Jamplay by Erik Mongrain.

He recommends taking the guitar neck at the 7th fret and pushing that part between your fingers everyday, don't force it, until the neck of the guitar touches the web where your fingers join.

I have been doing this for the last couple of months and am now using the 9th fret.

I also go for a minute stretching between each set of fingers. Maybe just start with 15 seconds or so and build it up.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Padge on August 12, 2011, 01:38:03 am
In the beginning of the video you mention keeping your fingers square to the fret. My middle, ring, and pinky have no problem with this, but my index finger likes to roll off to it's side (if that makes sense). The left side of the index finger touches the string more than the right side. Kind of when you roll over your index finger to the side when barring chords.

Is this a bad habit? Thanks.

I have the same problem. When doing the stretches I just can't seem to get my index finger to hit dead on like my other fingers. I keep playing with the side and it's making me upset because I feel like it's wrong but I can't do anything about it.

PLEASE HELP!
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: bradt on January 03, 2012, 05:35:29 am
Hi guys,
 I've been trying to do this exercise, but my hand just does not work that way. My third finger will not stay square, and bends towards my second finger until they are almost touching. I can touch with the tip fine, but the angle of my finger as it sits on the string is pointing almost directly at the dot on the 9th fret. I guess the best way to describe it is if you hold your second and third finger outstretched to make a V, and then bend them in, my two fingers are spread at the knuckle, but touch at the tips. That's the way they are on the frets.

Is this just a matter of an underdeveloped muscle? Will this straighten out? Is there something else I can do to straighten this out some so that my fingers are more parallel to one another?
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: snailspace171 on April 24, 2012, 05:58:30 pm
I dont know.

this is a good lesson though, because it has made me realise how bad my fingers were at stretching.

I am only just starting out on guitar... but when I try to move my finger across from the 8th fret to the 7th, I just cannot get it to go across!

If I move up a bit, I can just about do it on the the B and E string. But it's not easy.

Does anyone know if there is anything I can do to stretch my fingers when away from the guitar? when I'm sitting at the desk at work, etc.....
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: jacksroadhouse on April 24, 2012, 06:12:28 pm
Find something that can double as a sort-of guitar neck (ruler, rolled up paper) and use that. Just don't do it while you're in parliament and a TV camera is aimed at you - unless you badly need the publicity (including the coolness factor) :)

Or you could buy yourself one of those "neck-only" excercise thingys. I find them quite hilarious. And with one of those you can even work on your calluses absent actual guitar.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: ghostdancer on April 24, 2012, 09:43:46 pm
just a question ?
have a relatively weak grip on my left hand so cant exert much pressure with my little finger on the stings espec the low E
what exercises can you recommend ?

will a sponge ball work ?
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: shadowscott007 on April 25, 2012, 01:16:13 am
Do Justin's finger gym exercise.  There is link to it from the main page click Technique.  Do it daily.

Shadow
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: snailspace171 on April 26, 2012, 02:30:29 am
if i have my fingers on frets 8,9,10 and 11....and try to move my index finger to fret 7... It will not go there... even if I physically move it with my other hand!!!!!!!!!!!!

do I have different hands to everyone else? or am I just doing it wrong?!
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: jacksroadhouse on April 26, 2012, 06:01:42 am
I had the same problem. It's just practice. Start with just index and middle finger and get that move down, the add the other fingers. You can also turn it around: keep the index finger in place and move the middle finger up and down.

You can make up your own exercises. Try to find things you can just about do and take it from there. It will probably take some time.

And btw: don't be too bummed about it. Having four fingers down on different frets of the same string and then moving the first towards the nut is really just an exercise, it's hardly a "required skill" ;)
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: snailspace171 on April 26, 2012, 03:23:57 pm
thank you.

I keep persisting with the excercise.

I find that if I switch it around, and start on the high strings, it becomes easier, and then I move down, until I eventually can't reach. (about the D or A string)

One last thing... I find it pretty much impossible to arch my fingers over enough while doing this... especially my little finger, they end up lying flat and touching the strings underneath? is this normal? as I think I must have quite short stumpy fingers.


I am worried I may be doing this excercise wrong... but I'm assuming that as long as I can feel the "stretch" it must be improving my flexibility, if I keep doing this for a few minutes each day!
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Chantal on April 26, 2012, 06:03:48 pm
At which fret are you starting?

If you don't have the reach to place your fingers on the thickest E string, starting at the first fret, then you need to start further up the neck. I was advised to do this exercise, but I had to start with my first finger at the seventh fret. One of the reasons for starting that high up the neck, is that I have short (and stubby) fingers (I'm 5'2" so that should indicate how small my hands are).

Now, of course I misunderstood the part where I was told to practice at the same frets until I was comfortable doing that stretch. I went from the seventh fret to the first fret in 30 minutes or so and that was a BAD idea. After doing that, I was unable to play any chord and I was in a lot of pain. It has taken me weeks to fully recover from that mistake. I can only be very grateful I exercised for 20-30 minutes (even though you shouldn;t do it for more than 5), and not for an hour or so. Imagine the damage I would have done, had I continued to overstretch for that long!

So, try the exercise with your first finger on the seventh fret (or fifth or sixth if you find the seventh too easy). Do that for 5 minutes and repeat once or twice a day until you can easily place your fingers right next to the frets. Dont worry about how it sounds. Then, move up a fret and repeat. You should have no trouble reaching across 4 frets if you do that for a couple of weeks. The seventh fret was a challenge for me first, but I can do the first fret now without pain. If I try really hard, I can even reach across 6 frets (just barely, though). You can get there, but you need to take it slow.

And a word of advice Justin gave me: if it hurts (a lot), see a doctor! I didn't, but I probably should have. If you feel a burning sensation, cramp or spasms, STOP practicing! I ignored the pain and risked a lot of damage. I can play without any pain now, but it's been pretty bad for several weeks. So whatever you do, don't push yourself too far.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: iamcline on February 17, 2013, 03:06:21 pm
This exercise is kicking my butt, but in a good way. :)  It is extremely clear to me now that changing strings will need to be a key focus for me.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Diamond Dave on February 18, 2013, 01:44:41 am
I found this video very helpful. After doing the stretches I was easily hitting some frets with my pinky that I wasn't able to reach just five minutes earlier.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TSrfB7JIzxY

Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: maxi0361 on June 03, 2013, 10:03:44 am
Am I doing it right? is there something wrong with my fingers?

http://imgur.com/QNZFyfx
http://imgur.com/2l8SE0v
http://imgur.com/egeasts
http://imgur.com/hSWzbAY

I think I have a small hand, not short fingers, I mean hand span width.
I don't have much problem on 6th string, but great trouble on 1st & 2nd string.
my pinky curl towards ring finger so much, as you can see in those photos.

I am trying this stretch exercise hopes it helps.
or maybe I should move my palm closer to my pinky and let my index finger stretch even further??
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: misterg on June 03, 2013, 04:24:01 pm
Am I doing it right?

It doesn't look good from the pictures...

Look at the direction that your fingers are pointing - they should point straight into / out of the fretboard for this exercise, I think (this would make life much easier for your pinky, and you would mean that you didn't have to turn it on its side).

Quote
maybe I should move my palm closer to my pinky and let my index finger stretch even further??

^That's probably what to do.

Also, it may help to get the pad of your thumb on the middle of the neck and arch your fingers a bit more.

0.02p
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: maxi0361 on June 03, 2013, 05:03:51 pm
Am I doing it right?

It doesn't look good from the pictures...

Look at the direction that your fingers are pointing - they should point straight into / out of the fretboard for this exercise, I think (this would make life much easier for your pinky, and you would mean that you didn't have to turn it on its side).

Quote
maybe I should move my palm closer to my pinky and let my index finger stretch even further??

^That's probably what to do.

Also, it may help to get the pad of your thumb on the middle of the neck and arch your fingers a bit more.

0.02p

thanks for confirming that I am not doing it correct, I will try my best to align my pinky
.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Chantal on June 03, 2013, 06:30:32 pm
Why would it be wrong, misterg? Everyone's hands are different. The fingers could be closer to the frets, but it doesn't look too bad to me.

Maxi, is your pinky quite long, by any chance?
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: misterg on June 03, 2013, 11:20:24 pm
Why would it be wrong, misterg? 

Just *my* opinion.... It seems the first 3 fingers are all sloping up the fretboard, meaning that the pinky has to lay over on its side to reach the next fret. It's my understanding that for this exercise, one should try to keep the fingers as square to the fretboard as possible (not the normal playing position - more like a classical guitar position?). The OP's arm seems to be at quite an angle to the neck, too. (Likely (s)he has their elbow tucked in ??) Also whole of the thumb is resting on the neck, rather than just the pad, meaning that the fingers are flatter to the neck and not as 'arched' as they could be. I emphasise that this is just my opinion.

I attach my attempt to do better (hats off to the OP, it's bloomin' difficult to take photos with one hand while trying to do this with the other!). I make no claims to correctness, just to try and show my point.

(http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh143/werdnayarg/webstuf/pic1.jpg)

(http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh143/werdnayarg/webstuf/me.jpg)

I know you (Chantal) have had 1st hand advice about this from J, so you may well know better than me - if so, please put me right! :).
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: TheCasual on June 04, 2013, 12:23:12 am
I find this so hard and frustrating to do. I do it 8 minutes a day. Although I'm not sure my fingers are getting anymore stretchier, but my pinky is definitely getting stronger and more flexible.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: maxi0361 on June 04, 2013, 03:20:41 am
Why would it be wrong, misterg? Everyone's hands are different. The fingers could be closer to the frets, but it doesn't look too bad to me.

Maxi, is your pinky quite long, by any chance?

I won't say it is quite long, but not short, about 70% long to my ring finger. BUT it curl towards ring finger XC
Thank you both for enthusiasm helping my to fight this pinky battle.

I think, people could play with their feet, no problem, I understand that. there is nothing wrong if it sounds good. I am just exploring ideas and learn from other people experience. every bits help.

I tried misterg suggestion, and my pinky pressing the fretboard 90% is mush comfortable. BUT it limits my span very much, I couldn't do a fret apart from my ring finger.

I think, I will use both position depend on circumstance. and try to practice more to stretch my pinky.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: maxi0361 on June 04, 2013, 03:24:36 am
I find this so hard and frustrating to do. I do it 8 minutes a day. Although I'm not sure my fingers are getting anymore stretchier, but my pinky is definitely getting stronger and more flexible.

I did it 15 minutes a day, and do more if I am able to.
and I too don't know if I get stretchier, don't feel much. but I will keep practicing.

just do as Justin said, as slow as you could, I do it very slowing and don't feel that frustrating.

Came across Justin closeup. let's see how J did it.
http://i.imgur.com/eUtwPFj.png

He is so flexible! I mean his pinky.

I think the trick is to move our palm away from the neck. but could be difficult when play with shoulder strip.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: misterg on June 04, 2013, 05:38:08 pm
I tried misterg suggestion, and my pinky pressing the fretboard 90% is mush comfortable. BUT it limits my span very much, I couldn't do a fret apart from my ring finger.

I *think* that is the point of the exercise - you won't be able to move to the next fret to start with, but if you keep practicing, the spread of your fingers will increase, and then you will be able to reach.

Good luck, anyway :)
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Chantal on June 05, 2013, 07:08:12 am
I wouldn't call myself an expert, misterg... It's more than a year ago that J introduced me to the exercise and we only brushed the subject when I was in London. So I could very well be wrong!

I only know this: the idea is to do 1 fret per finger, starting at the 7th fret** when you first do the exercise. Stay there until you can comfortably reach across 4 frets, so 1 finger in each fret. Then move 1 fret closer to the nut and repeat. The idea is to not move your thumb about too much, and you need to feel the stretch in your fingers, which is why you shouldn't do it for more than 5 minutes at a time, or you might hurt yourself. Only when you've reached the point where you can stretch across 4 frets starting from the 1st fret, are you supposed to try and reach across 5, starting again from the 7th fret**.


** Or whichever fret suits you best; you need to feel it, but it shouldn't hurt.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: maxi0361 on June 05, 2013, 04:05:53 pm
I wouldn't call myself an expert, misterg... It's more than a year ago that J introduced me to the exercise and we only brushed the subject when I was in London. So I could very well be wrong!

I only know this: the idea is to do 1 fret per finger, starting at the 7th fret** when you first do the exercise. Stay there until you can comfortably reach across 4 frets, so 1 finger in each fret. Then move 1 fret closer to the nut and repeat. The idea is to not move your thumb about too much, and you need to feel the stretch in your fingers, which is why you shouldn't do it for more than 5 minutes at a time, or you might hurt yourself. Only when you've reached the point where you can stretch across 4 frets starting from the 1st fret, are you supposed to try and reach across 5, starting again from the 7th fret**.


** Or whichever fret suits you best; you need to feel it, but it shouldn't hurt.

great details, thank you, I got it.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: justinguitar on June 06, 2013, 08:17:13 am
I got a new video for this lesson coming out soon.

Chantal, you can do it this way, or stay in the same position and do all the stretches - it depends on what each individual is up for! :)
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Chantal on June 06, 2013, 08:39:48 am
Point taken, J :) I was just sharing what you taught me ;)
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: txfloods on September 26, 2013, 09:07:40 am
My question:

How does this Lesson, TE-007, Finger Stretching, relate to the "Finger Gym" Lesson?

In other words, if I'm doing the finger gym everyday, should I do the finger stretching exercise as well? It seems like the hand motions required to do the finger gym would also include the hand motions that the finger stretching exercise includes.

Thanks for the clarification.
Tim
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: sophiehiker on September 26, 2013, 01:36:12 pm
The two exercises are very different.  The stretching exercise is intended to increase the distance your fingers can reach along the fret board.  The finger gym increases finger strength and independence.

When you go to the local gym to work out, you exercise and then you stretch.  Same idea.
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: av8torfl on April 09, 2014, 12:52:15 am
Any advice for someone who's pinky finger consistently lies on its side turned toward the center of the hand?

Also finding my wrist gets extremely sore when doing this excercise.

Thanks
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: shadowscott007 on April 09, 2014, 12:59:37 am
Spend some time splaying your hand out like a 5 year old who is very proud to be 5. 

Point the guitar neck towards the ceiling at about 45 degrees.  Then with your fingers still splayed, stretch the index and pinky across as many frets as you can.  Don't play.  You are just using the neck to feel the stretch.  By pointing the neck up, you reduce the strain on your wrist.

Shadow
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: av8torfl on April 09, 2014, 01:26:15 am
Spend some time splaying your hand out like a 5 year old who is very proud to be 5. 

Point the guitar neck towards the ceiling at about 45 degrees.  Then with your fingers still splayed, stretch the index and pinky across as many frets as you can.  Don't play.  You are just using the neck to feel the stretch.  By pointing the neck up, you reduce the strain on your wrist.

Shadow

Thanks, Gonna try that tomorrow when my wrist stops hurting.
Title: Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: mdcougar on January 24, 2015, 06:40:18 pm
This exercise causes me pain in my wrist.  As you recommended, I have stopped so as to not injure myself, but I'm wondering if there might be something about my arm/wrist/hand position that is leading to this exercise causing pain.

Maybe if I adjust my position I could do the exercise without pain.  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: stitch101 on January 24, 2015, 09:38:19 pm
Lift the neck of your guitar up on and angle more. Any time you get pain in your wrist it is usually
from trying to crank your wrist around the neck.
Title: Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: bradt on January 25, 2015, 09:01:54 am
You did the right thing stopping to reevaluate things when you noticed pain.
Take stitch's advice there.

Two other things.
Use a light touch. I know it feels like you have to strain to make that reach, but the less tension you have in your hand, the better. If you find yourself really straining to get it, move up a fret or two so it's easier.
The other thing is, take it slow and do it in fairly short sessions. This is not a speed or rhythm exercise, so trying to go fast or use a metronome serves no real use. Trying to go too fast or too long can cause pain, or even injury if taken too far.

I'm not trying to scare anyone off the exercises. They are good exercises. They are easy to overdo.
Title: Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: justinguitar on January 27, 2015, 11:29:43 am
And you'll find the stretch easier if you are relaxed!! :)
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: Omar on June 03, 2016, 10:59:39 pm
Spend some time splaying your hand out like a 5 year old who is very proud to be 5. 

Point the guitar neck towards the ceiling at about 45 degrees.  Then with your fingers still splayed, stretch the index and pinky across as many frets as you can.  Don't play.  You are just using the neck to feel the stretch.  By pointing the neck up, you reduce the strain on your wrist.

Shadow

Great advice! I could reach the end of 7th fret with my pinky while my index is fixed on 1st fret. Both on the same string.

My question is, how long should I leave my fingers splayed/stretched? Also, should I push my thumb against the neck?

Thank you shadow :)
Title: Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: BabyBlue on January 03, 2017, 09:58:52 pm
Any advice for someone who's pinky finger consistently lies on its side turned toward the center of the hand?


Thanks

Was the post just below in response to this?  I have this problem too (but fortunately not the wrist pain).  I feel as though my fingers are deformed, pinky especially.
Title: Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: tobyjenner on January 03, 2017, 11:12:26 pm
BB

Exercise 2 is great for sorting the pinky out but be patient. As Justin says start on the 8th fret were the frets are closer and get stretching there before moving down towards the neck. Just take your time. Exercise 4 will also help but start Ex2 and see how you get on. One thing I would say is that it takes some concentration at the beginning, almost more a mental rather than physical challenge.

Thanks for the prompt as I need to incorporate back into  my practice as there's a pattern in the Blues Rhythm course I'm really struggling with !!

Cheers

Toby
 8)
Title: Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
Post by: CanadaMike on April 15, 2018, 01:19:15 am
I just stared Stage 3 of the beginners course today.  I'm sure like many people I was having difficulty with G & C chords.  I couldnt get the notes played because my fingers werent in the right position. 

I then went onto the finger stretching exercises and did them for a few minutes.  I then went back to G & C and was able to play them properly.  Cant argue with immediate results :)

I'm not claiming next time I play them it will work, probably just because my fingers were loosened up.  But its nice to be able to see results right away.  And I know if I'm having issues with some of the chords I can do some of these stretches to prepare.