Contraction and Extension Exercises

Lesson Overview:  Contraction and Extension Exercises

Lesson tips:

  • Each exercise can be repeated up or down the fretboard, and these exercises become progressively difficult, as your hand approaches the lower positions of the fretboard.
  • When you change strings, your left hand finger should hold the note from the previous string for as long as possible.
  • Once comfortable with these exercises then try to add dynamics (crescendo, diminuendo).
  • Ensure that your left hand thumb is not pressing hard against the back of the neck.
  • You can practice without the thumb touching the neck to ensure that you’re using the weight of the arm to press your fingers down onto the fretboard.
  • Ensure that you use the minimum amount of pressure with the left hand fingers. Always touch as close to the fret as possible.

Delivered by: Daniel Nistico

Suitable for:  Intermediate/advanced players wishing to improve the stretching capabilities of their left hand.. 

Duration: 8 min




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This exercise is taken from Daniel’s online course, ‘Warm Up Exercises That Will Make Your Playing on Fire.’ It
contains five topics with highly focused exercises, with HD video demonstrations for each one. Maintain a
powerfully comprehensive warm up routine and I can guarantee that you will see huge improvements in your
playing. Your performance will be as good, if not better than when you practice at home.

The exercises in this course will enable you to change your performance testimony from: “I hear the music so
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