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Why “finger agony” murders your speed

by Johnny

Hey it’s Johnny,

Quick lesson here on what fingerings to use when playing chords or scales.

Here’s what I mean…

So I’ve been doing a bunch of traveling lately.

Flying from Malaysia… to San Francisco… to Hong Kong… to Taiwan.

Literally from one side of the world to the other…

… and back again.

It’s exhausting.

My body’s not used to it.

And it actually weakened my immune system to the point where I came down with a debilitating fever complete with the “chills,” followed by weeks of coughing, sneezing, and a sniffly running nose.

And you know what?

They’ve got a name for this: “Flying agony”

In fact, if you use one of those airfare search engines that find you the lowest prices such as hipmunk.com (I dig this site)…

They’ve got the option to sort by “least agony.”

Meaning, they can actually give you recommendations on what they think is the least agonizing trip.

So trips where you have:

* long waits for connecting flights

* unusually early or late flight times

* or excessive numbers of connections

… would all increase the “agony” factor for the trip, and make it a less desirable way to go.

What’s this got to do with playing chords and scales?

This:

When your fingers are transitioning from one chord to another…

Or from one scale note to the next…

Those fingers should always be taking the PATH OF LEAST AGONY.

Meaning, you don’t want:

* movement of fingers unless ABSOLUTELY necessary

* unusually early or late last second transitions (with a few exceptions)

* or excessively long drawn out motions that aren’t necessary

No.

What you want are small, smooth, economical movements of your fingers with the LEAST possible amount of “finger agony.”

The minimum needed.

And nothing wasted.

When you remember this rule, it’s almost a no brainer to figure out common questions like…

“What finger should I use for this note?”

“How do I best transition from Am to the C?… from G to D?”

“Which finger plays what string of this scale?”

The answers become obvious with just a quick analysis.

So in effect…

ONE simple rule has answered THOUSANDS of common questions you might have about fingerings for guitar.

And this is the same with OTHER topics on learning the guitar.

Remember just a few simple rules, and you’ll be able to answer MOST of the questions you’ll ever have when learning the guitar… YOURSELF.

Meaning you’ll rightly be able to say you’re a 100% self-taught guitarist.

Like Hendrix, BB King, and Clapton…

… and you can kiss expensive guitar lessons goodbye forever.

And not only that…

You’ll have the CHOPS to back it up.

So what ARE these simple rules?

Good question.

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Till next time…

Pick up the guitar, Get the party started!

~Johnny

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