Watch the Chapter 19: Finger Control online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Modern Method for Guitar

In this lesson we introduce finger control exercises. These 6 exercises are designed to help you build finger strength and build your picking strength and pick control.

1. Apply your open hand, where the fingers meet your palm, to the neck of the guitar near the 3rd fret.

2. Keep your palm parallel to the fret board.

3. Place your thumb on the back of the neck behind the 2nd fret.

4. Curl the fingers of your hand so that they are perpendicular to the strings and apply the fingertips of each finger to the 2nd string, one finger per fret. In other words, your 1st finger on the 3rd fret, 2nd finger on the 4th fret, 3rd finger on the 5th fret and your 4th finger on the 6th fret. If the palm of your hand needs to come off the neck a bit that is okay but keep it parallel to the guitar neck.

5. Keep this hand position while you play each of the 6 following exercises one at a time. Repeat them a few times each before moving to the next.

6. If you feel strained take a break!

7. Do these exercises on different strings and in different positions.

8. Make up your own exercises using these concepts.

9. Do this for 10 minutes, or so, as a daily warm up.