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> Absolute Beginner Challenges, I have some challenges I don't think are covered on GMC at the mom
post Sep 24 2008, 11:21 PM
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I have watched Andrew's new "Note this Well" session for absolute beginners in which he goes through the A minor Pentatonic scale. I am trying this out and I can remember the notes okay but I cannot position my fingers over the frets like Andrew does. I also watch other GMC instructor videos and they all hover their hand in one position over four frets and the just go for it.

I try this technique and at the moment I catch on adjacent strings and I find that my index finger bends out and pushes down on the string on outside edge and I have trouble getting my had at right angles to the neck. I probably have the usual problems that instructors have seen many times with new starters in one to one sessions.

As a beginner, I would find it very beneficial if there were some videos that showed beginner fret fingering techniques and common problems (such as, problems stretching across the frets, angling the fretting hand to get the best hand stretch etc) and how to overcome them. I am trying to figure it all out but I cannot move forward because I spend more time trying to get my hand to stretch than trying to learn the notes in the scale.

I think it is what I have mentioned is not covered on GMC in any videos. I say this because all the GMC instructors are extremely proficient and so do not demonstrate beginner techniques and problems even when showing learner lessons.

Please put me right if there are already videos on GMC that help an absolute beginner to develop basic skills.

Thanks for your time.

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post Sep 25 2008, 06:29 AM
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For a beginner series I can suggest my own series. Check them out, there are a Fingers Independence, Right Hand Basic, Hands Synchronization and an Economy Picking Series, hope you'll find something useful. Feel free to send me a mail if you need help. Good luck!

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post Sep 25 2008, 12:19 PM
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I think this feedback is great for Andrew who can now do a lesson about it and expand his great series even more! smile.gif

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post Sep 25 2008, 12:48 PM
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Your finger muscles just aren't flexible enough yet, danilo's lessons and kris's begginer course can help you improve.


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post Sep 25 2008, 12:51 PM
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QUOTE (Iluha @ Sep 25 2008, 07:48 AM) *
Your finger muscles just aren't flexible enough yet, danilo's lessons and kris's begginer course can help you improve.

I am having the same problem. On Ivan's lesson in the MTP program, he wants me to fret the 2nd fret and the 6th...AT THE SAME TIME!! tongue.gif My hand doesn't move that way yet!

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post Sep 25 2008, 01:56 PM
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The Finger Independence lessons are pretty good for that kind of stuff.

Some of it's related to flexibility in the hand/fingers. Some of it's strength in your hand, fingers and wrist. To work that stuff out, you have to keep it slow and stick with it...doing it 'the right way' as much as you can. Eventually you'll get stronger and more flexible.

I have a thread in here somewhere a long time ago where I was asking about this kind of thing...when doing scales, when a finger wasn't being used, it would curl up back into my hand instead of staying out over the fretboard. I've been working on it, and it is better. My hands are stronger.

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