Finger dexterity exercises guitar

Many guitar players become frustrated because they lack the necessary dexterity to switch between the cords. Both new and old guitarists face this problem. Old guitar players face these problems either because they are out of practice or never get the time to develop their agility. This article will give you some tips and tricks to quickly improve your dexterity level.

What is the importance of finger Dexterity exercise? 

Many musicians don’t believe that finger dexterity exercise works in any way. Most often, they suffer in the long run. These are the importance of finger dexterity exercise-

  • Exercising your fingers increases their flexibility.
  • Your third and fourth fingers will get the attention that it deserves since they are mostly ignored during guitar playing.
  • It increases your figure’s longevity.
  • Doing finger dexterity exercises regularly improves your coordination.

Finger Dexterity Exercises

We know that exercising your fingers is essential. But how do we do that? Well, there are two steps-

  • Stretching
  • Main exercises

In this section, we will talk about these exercises in great detail.


Before doing any kind of exercise, you should do some warm-up. Since we will be doing hand exercises, we should have to do some basic hand stretching first. You shouldn’t directly jump to the activity because-

  • They are great for the muscle and also feel great.
  • Directly moving to the exercise can cause muscle spasms.

You can do a few of these basic stretching-

  • In the first warm-up, pull the fighter of the right hand, then the left hand with the opposite hand.
  • Make a fist with your hand, then rotate it one way then the other.
  • Gently press the fingers with the tip of the opposite finger. Do it on the right then on the left hand.

The Exercises:

After you are nice and warm, you can start doing the main exercise on your guitar. A word of caution, there are no fixed exercises for finger dexterity. They are a combination of notes to get your fingers moving. You can try to make your combinations of notes to practice.

Remember one thing whichever string you play on the fretboard with your left hand; you should play the same string with the right hand too. Try to use the same fingers.

For the sake of better understanding, we have numbered the fingers-

  • The index finger= first.
  • The Middle finger = second
  • The ring finger = third
  • The pinky finger=fourth


For the first exercise, we will recommend something light and comfortable.  We are going to use only the fifth and sixth fret for this exercise. The process is simple-

  • Put your first finger on the fifth fret of the D string and the second finger on the G string’s sixth fret. Switch between the fingers simultaneously. And with your right hand, play these notes with a guitar pick and middle finger. Repeat this combination as many times as you feel like.  After you become comfortable, widen your stance. Put the first finger on the fifth fret of the A string and the middle finger on the sixth fret on the B string. Plug those notes with your fingertip and then switch. Keep  Alternating between the finger.
  • On the last phrase, widen your fingers another step. Put the first finger at the Low E string’s fifth fret and the second finger at the high E string’s sixth fret. Plug and alternate.

On that note, you can perform the same. Exercise using other frets too.

Second Exercise

The second one is a popular exercise. This one not only helps you to gain finger flexibility but also produces a good sound. We will be using the first, second, third, and fourth fret for this exercise.  The exercise works like this-

  • First, plug the first, second, third, and fourth fingers on the first, second, third, and fourth fret of the low E-string.
  • After that, repeat the same thing on the A string, D string, G string, B string, and high E string.
  • After finishing the last string, reverse the way.

Repeat as many times as you need. You can use other frets too.

Third Exercise

This one is like the first one. But here is the trick-

  • Plug the fifth and seventh fret of the D and G string with the first and third fingers. You won’t be using the middle finger. Alternate between the strings.
  • Now widen your stance and do the same thing on the A string and B string.
  • Again widen your stance and do it in the low E and high E string.

We are not going to use the middle finger on the middle fret.

Fourth Exercise

The fourth one is the same exercise with the first and fourth fingers. So we are leaving the fourth and second fret out of this exercise. Just like before-

  • Put the first finger in the fist and the fourth finger in the fourth fret of the D and G string. Flick and alternate.
  • Widen the stance by using the same frets of the A and B strings.
  • Widen more by doing it on the low E and high E string.

Fifth Exercise 

This is a two-parted exercise. Once with the second and third finger, another time with the third and fourth finger.

  • Put the middle finger on the fifth fret of the D string and the third finger on the G string’s sixth fret. Flick and alternate between the two.
  • Widen the stance by maintaining the same fret but using the A and B string.
  • Again widen it by using Low E and high E string.

Do the same steps on the other exercise using third and fourth fingers.

Authors Suggestions

Here we will give you some extra tips-

  • Practice as much as you can. Practicing regularly will give you good agility. But don’t overdo it.
  • Use all the fingers. Especially don’t ignore the pinky one.
  • Set a steady tempo and gradually increase it
  • Use the fingertips on the fretboard.


Hard work always pays off. Once you get the hang of these exercises, you will be able to play any hard combinations if you want to play as swift as a wind with perfect accuracy. Then you should practice these exercises daily.