Finger Exercises You Should Do Every Day! | Beginner & Advanced Workout


What’s up YouTube community, Bernth here, once again back with another video lesson for you! This week’s topic is a
bit different from the previous lessons we looked at so far, we will check out
some of my absolute favorite finger exercises that brought me some really
great results over the last couple of years. So far we mostly worked with
exercises that combine technique and theory in some interesting ways and I
tried my best to keep the examples as musical as possible to motivate you to
practice them but for this video lesson we will really focus on developing your
fingers some more – so it’s all about technique and exercises this week. We
will take a look at two very different exercises, the advanced example for this
week is something I’ve been working on almost daily since the beginning of this
month, this one really worked wonders so far for developing multiple aspects of
my technique and I will keep it in my practice plan for sure. But since that
one is pretty tricky I also made sure to include a more basic exercise, most of my
students are actually familiar with the second exercise already but don’t have
any idea why it is so important and why you should work on this everyday. So
without further ado here the two exercises I want to show you this week! So let’s start with the easy workout
before we tackle the crazy finger twister. I’m sure that some of you guys
are familiar with this exercise, it’s actually one of key workouts I
personally started out with over 10 years ago. I remember that my teacher
told me that it’s a great exercise and that I should work on it whenever I have
time but he never really explained to me why so that is the main information I
actually want to get across here. The reason for that is actually quite simple,
it’s because I was practicing this exercise just for a couple of weeks when
I was younger before moving on to different workouts, that’s mainly because
I didn’t understand how important and powerful these exercises because nobody
explained it to me. For this exercise we are playing these
semi chromatic scale as I like to call it from the fifth to the eighth fret on
every string we’re using alternate picking and play four notes per string –
so far so good but the main challenge here is that we are not lifting our
fingers until they are needed on the next string again so once again we keep
pressing down on the fretboard with all of our fingers until the fingers are
needed again on the next string – so we make sure not to lift them until then
here’s that performed very slowly on the first three strings… So here’s what this basic exercise is so
incredibly important with this exercise, you are actually forcing yourself to
maintain a good angle with the fingers of your left hand because you’re not
allowed to block the next string with your resting fingers so it shouldn’t
sound like that for example… so the first big challenge here is improving the
angle of your pinky finger so the note on the e string D here on the fifth fret
can ring through – this is actually a great way of controlling yourself since
you will be able to hear your mistakes quite easily – so when you’re practicing
this I want you to focus on hearing the tension of those two overlapping notes… So you should start out just playing to
D on the fifth fret of the E string and then you can further extend the
exercise to E on the seventh fret for example… because after that I need to reposition
my pinky finger once again to play F on the 8th fret of the A string so no
overlapping notes right here… and then you just move the exercise for all the
different strings and when you’re playing back down this is the pattern
you want to use… how you generally position your left hand on the fret
board is also important and this exercise will do wonders for correcting
it because it doesn’t really allow an angle like that
or like that for example – it really aims for this one because I can’t really
perform it correctly like that and it’s also hard to do like that with this kind
of angle – so you really train yourself to develop a very clean technique – so as you
can hopefully see this is a very powerful workout for correcting mistakes
with your left hand technique and developing it even further and I
recommend doing it 5 to 15 minutes every day, you will see some really really
great results when you keep doing that. When we are talking about technique and
practicing or developing your technique further most of my students associate
the topic with just fast playing or practicing a specific technique like
sweet picking or tapping – left hand technique in general is actually one of
the absolute most important topics concerning all of that and if your left
hand is not well developed you will struggle with any of those other
individual techniques – just think of mastering a super-clean hammer-on and
pull-off motion like that for example… It’s so much easier pulling off clean
legato licks like that for example than with this kind of angle… or this kind of
angle… it really works against you. So please make sure to include this
particular exercise in your practice routine from now on if you haven’t
already, as I said 5 to 15 minutes every day are absolutely enough to see some
really great results. Now let’s move to the crazy advanced
example, here’s that one again! This one is really hard and you need to
start very slow, it took me many practice hours to record the fast example and
it’s a real challenge for both your brain and fingers – remember that this
exercise is not meant to sound like a great and musical composition it’s just
a workout for your fingers, I also made sure to use a clean sound for all the
exercises this week so you can really hear what’s going on and don’t miss any
details – this is the basic concept performed a bit slower… so there are two
repeating shapes in this exercise and we going back and forth while changing the
positions of the shapes on the neck, as always I also did my best to show that
visually with the note overlay graphics are positioned over the exercise – since
I’m mostly just playing one note per string here I have to choose the sweep
picking concept to perform it at fast tempos, of course I could also attempt it
with alternate picking at some point and get rid of the pull offs… I also want to
work on this playing and picking style more so maybe I’ll post a variation of
that but for now let’s please stick with sweep picking.
So obviously aside from training my left hand further it also works as a great
sweep picking exercising my practice routine right now – the reason for that is
quite simple again as you can see my fingers are forced to stay really close
to the fretboard while I’m playing these very tricky inversions – this exercise
corrected my angle even more with fast playing since it’s almost impossible to
pull off and your pinky finger stretching too far away from the neck – it
also keeps my hand in the right angle again and I noticed some more
improvement with my pull-offs at fast tempos – I have to use this angle once
again instead of it’s a bit harder to get that very important snapping motion
for your pull-offs at high temples with this kind of angle. So I really hope that
you will work with those two exercises in your practice plan from now on if you
want to improve your left hand technique as always the tabs, guitar pro files and
practice backing tracks are online on my patreon page patreon.com/bernth – Thanks a lot for tuning in to this week’s lesson, make sure to subscribe to become a part of the community today,
leave a like if you learned something new this time or just enjoy this video and a
comment in case you have any question I could answer for you. I hope that you
have a great day and a lot of fun practicing all that, I will see you in
the next lesson all the best until then!

27 thoughts on “Finger Exercises You Should Do Every Day! | Beginner & Advanced Workout

  1. In this lesson I show you a beginner and advanced workout that will improve your left hand technique! These exercises helped me a lot with developing my own technique over the years and by working on them for just 5-15 minutes every day you will see some great results ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy this one!

  2. Deine BegrรผรŸung ist immer super ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
    Voll alles auf Englisch aber dein Name Bernd knall hart auf deutsch ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  3. I know you'll never see this but can you do a spec review on your beautiful guitar? I'd love to hear about your baby and the cool fret inlays and such

  4. Great video, gonna start working on these. ๐Ÿ™‚ But one question: Does it matter if the notes ring through each other (in the first exercise) when you go from the low E string to the A string? I noticed you keep your pinky-note ringing.

  5. The very first pattern you did I first saw satriani use, but he did it as choral movements. Never thought to break it down to single notes yet its been staring me in the face all these years! I thank you and keep up the vids

  6. Bernth, about exercice 1: If your pinky is too small, meaning much smaller than your ring finger, which is my case, you will end up in the second "wrong" position (wrist aimed towards the body of the guitar). It is the only way by which your pinky can drop straight on the string, cause it is too small to reach otherwise. I've been tackling with this problem forever ๐Ÿ™

  7. Your videos are always informative (some are beyone me, but hey, I'll get there eventually, heh). I'm just doing the spider one. I'm also doing it in the middle of the neck 'cause my fingers are having enough trouble stretching. If I start on the low E, and work my way down towards the high E… On the low e, all my fingers are next to the fret, and roughly parallel to each other. As I work my way towards the high e, my ring finger starts to work towards my middle finger, away from the fret. Also, my pinky starts to cock out sideways. It's no longer parallel to the rest, my nail is pointing towards the head, and the knuckles are cocked away from my fingers. Almost like it's too slick to hold straight, and it slides toward my other fingers. Is this just a strength issue, where it will get better with time or is it something else?

  8. I know you said that these aren't the must musical sounding exercises, but man the second pattern has this crazy cool outside sound.

  9. Not Bad Exersice! I startet to practicing it. It is realy Dificult in the Beginning! I had to watch the first Example over and over!. ๐Ÿ‘ Vielen lieben Dank Bernth ๐Ÿ’›

  10. Started doing first exercise when Kiko Loureiro did a video about that…i did one modification while going upward it doesn't test well because upper string does not usually get mute so I started string skipping. The sequence became "e,G,B,D,G,A,D,E,A,E" Please give feedback what you feel!

    It's second week of your 10 week program and I did very well improvement in rhythm playing.

  11. I love your videos! Very very well explained and shown goodies!!!
    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ

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