Question: “Hello, Hong Sang on GUITAR TODAY ADMIN. I did read some buying tutorials for guitars and the Guitar buying guide on the website. I definitely want to discuss more about the way to separate the left fingers. Is there another simpler way apart from guitar training, for example, some exercises or several simple hand movements to split your fingers without practicing with the guitar? Could you please suggest the most suitable and simplest method? Thank you so much.” – Richard P. Dial (From Chicago).
Answer: Hi, first of all, thank you so much for your query and for visiting my website.
Indeed, it goes without saying that training to separate the fingers of your left hand can be a very important part every guitar beginner must undergo in their new course or school. As far as we know, the guitar is considered the discipline which require its users to utilize both their hands when they are playing guitars. Basically, you use your left hand to press on the strings and move the gamut, so it needs a certain level of flexibility, dexterity and quick reflexes. However, using the left hand more comfortably is not always the case for most of guitar players. Thus, for a guitar beginner, practicing to separate the fingers will be more difficult without the use of an appropriate method.
If you want to play guitar from a private teacher or at the center, please make sure that the instructor can teach the lesson of the right finger training on the guitar, especially one that involves separating the fingers of your left hand. However, the thing is you cannot bring the guitar with you everywhere to practice the finger separation lessons all the time. Therefore, through this article that I prepared, you will be guided how to perform the 5 effective exercises to separate the left fingers for guitar beginners.
These 5 exercises have special features that include the following:
- You are not required to bring a guitar with you since you can try to practice anywhere and whenever you want.
- You can simply move your fingers on a plane.
- You are able to practice from 5 to 1 or follow other suitable order. It cannot be required to follow the steps stated in this article.
Exercise 1: Go with the spider type.
By trying this exercise, you let your fingers 3 and 1 move together. Then, fingers 4 and 2 should be moved together. You should apply those finger combinations resembling a walking style.
Exercise 2: Try the crutch style.
Fingers 3 and 2 combine together into the united complex. When going, move the fingers 2-3 together and fingers1-4 together. Gait like a crutch style.
Exercise 3: Consider the penguin style.
In this exercise, fingers 1-2 and fingers 3-4 are kept neatly next to each other. Then go with your fingers (3-4) and (1-2).
Exercise 4: Go with the dog style.
Next, this exercise can be similar to exercise 3. But the main difference is that fingers 1-4 and fingers 2-3 will have to go together, whereas your middle finger need to be still facing your front one.
Exercise 5: Use the bear style.
Cup your fingers so the 5 fingerheads can touch each other. Lift 2 fingers (middle fingers) up, go with the thumb style. Fingers 1-2 and fingers 3-4 should move together.
Please watch the video tutorial to learn more on how you should separate the left fingers.