Reach further on the fretboard and expand your playing possibilities with these guitar finger stretching exercises

Andy Summers
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The guitar fretboard is a very different beast to a piano keyboard. Whereas on a piano it’s fairly easy to reach an octave with one hand, this is all but impossible to do on a single guitar string

You would have seen in my article on tapping how two hands can be used to play these large intervals; however, in this lesson I will show you some licks and phrases that develop your fretting-hand reach. 

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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.