Watch the Stretching Exercises online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Fingerstyle Breakthroughs

In this video we'll talk a bit about the importance of working on your left hand stretching. This is an important technique to get under your fingers and the time you spend working on it now will prove very useful once we get further into the repertoire part of the course.

We'll also learn some exercises that you can use to practice stretching. Take it slow at first, and then ease the tempo up on your metronome as you get more comfortable playing through the exercises.

Some of these songs, especially on this course, have very difficult stretches that you must get used to. At first it may seem impossible, but you'll get it in time with practice stretching your hand out. Focus on getting the notes clean during these exercises - and don't worry if your hand aches, that's normal!