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**Fretting Hand Technique Explained**

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2434 Comments

Good lesson! the ‘curling’ technique is helpful.

  • staff

    Thanks Dave. So easy, but ninja trick for sure.

Thanks Erich. I enjoyed watching your video and tricks.They are going to help me.
I am in my 40’s, fingers a bit stiff and not as flexable as a seven year old. Do you have any tricks for 5th string bar cords as I stuggle with the ring finger baring the 2nd, 3rd and 4th without muting the 1st string.
Thanks and keep up the good work.
Robert.

  • staff

    Way to go Robert! We have plans to get some of THESE questions answered in video #3 which we will let you know about in the next few days! There is ALWAYS a trick or technique though. I’ll cover it!
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  • I have exactly the same problem – I am a beginner in my late 50s. I have almost no hyperextension in any of my finger joints – it makes barring 2nd/34d/4th, almost impossible, without disturbing the 1st string.

Well, what a pleasent surprise! I wish I could have taken lessons from you in person! Good information presented in a clear, consice manner. I still am having problems with the 2nd and 1st strings when barring the F maj and F #, but do pretty good from G and above. Just have to practice I guess. Anyway, I sure enjoyed this one and am waiting impatiently for the next one.

  • staff

    I would love to get together one on one with every student. It hurts my heart to think that some people feel they are not “cut out” for guitar, when in fact, they just have not been shown the right stuff.

Sorry for the additional comment. It wont’ let me edit my existing one like says it should. Oh well. I just analyzed my playing and I can definitely use some more tweaking on fret position, curling, and my thumb placement. I realized as I played that my thumb is often wrapped around the neck. My chords sound fine, but when I try to play them with proper thumb placement, it feels awkward. That makes me realize how long I’ve been doing it. :-) Thanks for the tweaks. Great things to keep in mind as I attempt to improve.

  • staff

    SWEET! I love to hear stuff like this! FUEL!!!

Thank you Eric… More to Practice now!!!

  • staff

    That’s it BABY!

The video is awesome. You are awesome!! I find the bar chord tips very helpful. Looking forward to see video #2. Thanks a lot for sharing your time to make these videos and your knowledge.

  • staff

    You are SOO welcome Jodie. Thank you for commenting!

Great Video. I have arthritis in my fingers, especially in my left index, but I play through the pain. I really think it helps me hands by exercising them. Thanks man~

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    Thanks Ken. I have had arthritis in both my hands since I was about 20. We gotta battle through it. Keep the faith bro!

Cheers Erich,i look forward to the next video.

  • staff

    :)

Hi Eric, Nice start to the basics. I have been trying to play for a couple of years but don’t feel I improve much. Now I know it’s obvious but it isn’t always possibe to have all finger tips behind the frets when playing chords as your video shows, but my problem is where to put my first finger on bar chords, high across the strings or lower down. To high and the bottom of my finger mutes the first and second string, to low and the string sits in the groove behind my knuckle. Either way I don’t get enough pressure on the strings, but I guess it’s just practice…practice. Great videos.

  • staff

    Yes, the practice will increase your strength and technique.

Thanks for the info. Good review. I’ve always thought I should play in the middle of the fret, not right next to the fret, to thanks!

  • staff

    That’s it my friend!