Minimum Movement Exercise

This exercise is a very useful little exercise. It's very simple and just requires time and concentration to work! Minimum movement is essential to good technique development. This exercise is so simple you may think that at first it may not make a huge difference but I can assure you that a little work on this goes a long way!

Step by Step

  1. You will need to know your Position 1 major scale.
  2. Play the scale up and down, VERY VERY VERY SLOWLY. Like so so slowly that you only play one note every few seconds.
  3. Watch your left hand very carefully and try and ensure that it makes very very small movements. Make sure your fingers move no more than a few millimetres from the fingerboard or there will be no point in the exercise.
  4. It will be hard but really try and make absolutely the smallest movement possible.
  5. 10 minutes a day of this and you should notice a significant difference.

You should find that working on this one scale will affect all of your playing because what you are really working on is controlling your fingers!

Technique: Fretting Hand