How to open fingers

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suzannedavis123

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I am new to this and find it hard to separate my fingers to reach the fretts

Is there anything I can do to help with this

I am slipping my fingers along the string to be able to reach the next frett

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I am new to this and find it hard to separate my fingers to reach the fretts

Is there anything I can do to help with this

I am slipping my fingers along the string to be able to reach the next frett

manXcat

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Originally Posted by: suzannedavis123

Is there anything I can do to help with this

Keep trying. It takes time.

Difficult is normal for beginners. The fingers on your fretting hand are trying to do something they've never done before, and learn to do it.

IDK if you've started or where you are with Fundamentals 1 yet, but this short series of tutorials by Caren is worth watching in parallel, as she talks about the left (fretting) hand explaining lots of things things which you'll find relevant to your question and journey.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

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Originally Posted by: suzannedavis123

Is there anything I can do to help with this

Keep trying. It takes time.

Difficult is normal for beginners. The fingers on your fretting hand are trying to do something they've never done before, and learn to do it.

IDK if you've started or where you are with Fundamentals 1 yet, but this short series of tutorials by Caren is worth watching in parallel, as she talks about the left (fretting) hand explaining lots of things things which you'll find relevant to your question and journey.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

xxmegan47xx

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manXcat is right. It takes a bit of time. I struggled with it as well and still do but have noticed that it does get better and easier. If you get to frustrated just take a bit of a break

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manXcat is right. It takes a bit of time. I struggled with it as well and still do but have noticed that it does get better and easier. If you get to frustrated just take a bit of a break

Brandon Esbach

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The biggest challenge you're facing is that you don't actually use your fingers in this manner under normal day-to-day circumstances. So it is something you need to work on. The recommendation above is a good primer, and for me is part of my daily practice routine.

There's a few things you can do to help speed along the process though, for me I found the following technique helped initially: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngo9pxUq8Ac

And then later on I got one of these, which made it much easier: https://reverb.com/au/shop/fingerspider

All this does is help you put resistance on your fingers so that as you spread them apart, you're exercising the muscle in two ways. For me this helped a fair amount; if you try the first method (elastic band you can get for a few pennies) you'll be able to tell quickly if it helps.

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The biggest challenge you're facing is that you don't actually use your fingers in this manner under normal day-to-day circumstances. So it is something you need to work on. The recommendation above is a good primer, and for me is part of my daily practice routine.

There's a few things you can do to help speed along the process though, for me I found the following technique helped initially: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngo9pxUq8Ac

And then later on I got one of these, which made it much easier: https://reverb.com/au/shop/fingerspider

All this does is help you put resistance on your fingers so that as you spread them apart, you're exercising the muscle in two ways. For me this helped a fair amount; if you try the first method (elastic band you can get for a few pennies) you'll be able to tell quickly if it helps.