Finger Isolation Exercises For Guitar

Finger isolation exercises are a staple when it comes to guitar practice, especially here at The Guitar Gym.


These exercises are best used as a regular drill or warm-up. The primary benefits of these exercises are:

Increased coordination and brain/hand communication

After doing these exercises every day for a few weeks, you will notice a significant change in the responsiveness of your fingers. This applies to chord shapes, difficult phrases, playing speed and muscle memory improvements.

Improved flexibility and functionality

Flexibility is the main inhibitor of what is or isn’t possible on the guitar, by doing these exercises you will expand your ability to play difficult chord shapes and melodic runs that span over several frets.

The exercises featured in this video are a more challenging take on the traditional finger per fret exercise. If you are reading this article, you are likely looking for the best improvement for your time spent with your guitar. 

I would like to invite you to take part in a two-week finger per fret program with me and see the results for yourself.

I have listed below a set of instructions/guidelines to follow in order to get the most out of this two-week challenge, but also generally in your practice.

  • First, watch the video above
  • Download the Tab for the exercises
  • Set a timer for five minutes, go through the exercises in the tab until the timer runs out
  • Do this two times a day for two weeks
  • For those with Guitar Pro, feel free to start at 50% speed and advance each day over the two-weeks
  • For those without Guitar Pro, start slowly at your own discretion and only speed up when comfortable
  • Remember, the goal is to control each finger as it moves, playing this fast is NOT the goal but will help with improvement
  • Make sure you play non-stop for the entire five minutes – it will feel like a long time while you are doing the exercise

Download the Tab below and get started:

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