How to Blow Minds on Guitar—with Just One Finger

(Image credit: Cindy Moorhead)

“Sometimes you just wanna show off.”

So says guitarist Jim Lill, who posted this video on YouTube just the other day. In it, he shows you a near little trick you can use to impress people when playing your guitar. And it involves sliding just one finger on the same two frets for every string on your guitar.

But more than being impressive, it will help you build muscle memory as well as confidence on the guitar.

As Lill notes in his video description, “When you learn things like this, it’s instant gratification because you can do something cool pretty quickly.

“The downside is that tricks can’t be applied often without seeming like a one-trick-pony. But when you build up a good arsenal of tricks then you can use your discretion to put the right ones in the right places and people will view your canned, over-rehearsed guitar tricks as creativity.”

Lill notes that the lick is “kind of bluegrassy sounding on acoustic, but sounds really country on a Tele with some slapback.”

Enjoy. And as always, we encourage you to visit Jim’s YouTube channel for more of his great videos, many of which we’ve featured in our Guitar Essentials series. Be sure to give his videos a “like” and leave a thanks.

In addition, be sure to take a look at Jim’s Guitar-Lick-A-Day Instagram, where you can learn a new lick every day, with tab available for each lick.

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