A SOMETIMES OVERLOOKED AREA – GOOD FRETBOARD TECHNIQUE IS WORTH CONSIDERING
Fretboard technique is a critical but often overlooked aspect of playing the guitar. Don’t hold back your progress by not getting the foundations of your style correct.
When we start playing an instrument, in this case guitar, we are usually in a hurry. We want to learn the chords, learn some guitar riffs and get our guitar scales together. In this headlong rush to get up and running on the instrument we can overlook the more subtle areas that need addressed. One of this is our basic fretboard technique. That is, the way we actually address the fingerboard itself. In this lesson, you will learn all about how to address the fingerboard correctly and build a strong foundation for your later playing.
WHY IS HAVING A GOOD FOUNDATION TECHNIQUE SO NECESSARY?
This will not come as a shock to many of you, but if you don’t have a good underlying technique it can lead to trouble later on. If your guitar picking technique is bad or you don’t hold the neck correctly then it’s all going to impact on your playing style.
So, this is where the hard work begins. Watch the video above and start to think about how your fingers actually address the fretboard. Make sure that you use the four finger framework as taught by Ged Brockie in the video above. It does not take long to consider and understand the information given. What does take time is to develop these ideas into your muscle memory and make them second nature.
By ingraining the advise given here you can then start to apply the technical concepts to other aspects of your playing. The video obviously makes a lot of how to play hammer-ons and pull-offs. Only start on this once you are confident of the basics. Why not sign up to GMI or if you don’t want to sign up, then add your name to our list below. You’ll be given all the latest information and lessons which appear on our blog. Have a look at our how to play guitar page which details all our courses and printed/ePublication guitar books.