Post by Alphonsus Jr.
In a previous thread, it seems to be agreed that increasing strength in the rh
fingers isn't necessary. We further agreed devices such as the Gripmaster or
Varigrip might actually be dangerous.
Let's say then that one doesn't want to increase finger strength, but
coordination. What have you found to be the best drills for this that can be
done while, for example, driving?
Music is a language, so they say. I actually believe language and music have a
With that premise in mind, realize that you already have an instantaneous
connection betwenn your mind and your speech. You can think of something and
say it without warming up or working on vocal strength. You can shift from
conversational to rhythmic phrasing, at will. It all started with baby talk
before you ever spoke your first word.
So it's time to learn a little baby talk with your fingers. But since you can
already talk, let's use words to help your fingers to "talk". Every word has at
least one syllable, and in multi-syllable words one of them has an accent. So
the drill is to echo the beats in a spoken word with your fingers (of either
hand). Start with a left hand ascending spider exercise pattern, fingers 1, 2,
3, 4. You can do it on your steering wheel or on your desktop before trying it
on the guitar. Sample word, "electricity", 5 syllables: e-lec-TRI-ci-ty. The
finger tap on the accented syllable should be exagerated. Loop this
rhythmically, voice and figers in unison. The finger taps should follow strict
order, so every time the accent falls on a different finger. Repeat until
Once you can loop a word, try this with any random phrase you read or hear.
Apply it to the motion of a hammer-on, a pull-off, a rest stroke, a strumming
pattern. . . the list goes on. Once your hands begin to confortably tap in time
with your normal speech pattern, creating rhythmic flow with your fingers will
become as simple as reciting a poem.
That being said, not everyone can recite poetry well. And when you finally
teach your hands to talk, there's no guarantee that others will think that what
you have to say is interesting or original.
Just my 2 cents.
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