These guitar finger exercises will improve your finger independence and dexterity, and make you a better player

Close-up of a guitarist playing the guitar, macro. Man's hand on the fretboard with strings
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Guitarists often stick to tried-and-tested scale shapes, finger positions and licks, built upon years of muscle memory and repetition. 

This can yield gratifying results, but in order to build upon one’s musicianship it’s good to move away from these positions and try something new. Not only will this enhance your technique and fretting-hand independence, it will also open your ears to new phrases and ideas, and breathe new life into your playing. 

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Simon Barnard

Simon is a graduate of the UK's Academy of Contemporary Music and The Guitar Institute, and holds a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.