Guitar instructor Steve Levy returns with video lesson three in his Fretboard Mechanics Series. In this video, Steve takes the concepts in the first two videos and begins to apply them to real life playing
Watch the video carefully and follow Steve's tips to make sure that you don't fall into the poor habits that are commonly found with self-taught guitarists!
If you're working through some of the standard guitar method books like the Mel Bay or Hal Leonard, chances are you're doing a lot of single note work rather than chords. And a lot of the things that we've been talking about on the fretboard mechanics are applicable to that and really helpful.
One of the things that you often see in beginners is, if you're going from like an F on the first fret of your E string to G on the third fret, people will sometimes rock their hand back and forth. This is not a good idea! When I'm going back and forth between notes, you don't like to let go of the first note. You should keep it pressed down.
When going from F to G on the E string, be sure to keep my F down. You'll have a much smoother transition.
Here's really simple exercise that might be helpful. Play sequentially along the first four frets with all four fingers (I would really encourage you to get comfortable using your fourth finger when you play, it's really valuable. Most beginners will go to almost any length to avoid using their 4th finger, but don't fall into this habit!)
So simple go up sequentially 1-2-3-4 and then come back down the same way 4-3-2-1. Notice that my fingers and staying really close to the fretboard they're not extending out into space. My fingers are not coming off the board.
You can go down all six strings like this. Again, work to be as close to the fret wire as you can. And this is a deceptively simple but excellent way to work on your technique.
Thanks for reading this article and stay tuned for next lesson!
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