Ideas for getting your hands to cooperate, naturally.
By Nick Stoubis
Having the ability to move your fingers smoothly is a necessary skill for playing the guitar. The better your fingers cooperate, the easier it will be to learn new things. Everything you play on the guitar is a musical exercise and can improve your finger dexterity. Use these technical tips to fast-track your finger movement.
Building finger dexterity is long-term process. Don't learn in a rushed way. Learn and digest, then tweak as you need to. If you learn movements carefully and with accuracy, your finger dexterity will develop very naturally.
It is very hard to straighten a tree after it has grown crooked. Similarly, making too many mistakes when learning something on the guitar will make it very hard to correct later on. Move with purpose. Take your time and go slowly.
Repetition is necessary in developing dexterity. But your first steps are often the most crucial in learning new things–and the ones that take the longest. Once you have taken extra time to be make sure you do something correctly, repeat the process all over again, gradually speeding up each time.
There are many technical exercises musicians develop to build dexterity, but it can also evolve as a natural by-product of everything you play. Be patient, practice with accuracy and let your dexterity grow organically.