When we think of strength on the guitar, it’s mainly the left hand that comes to mind. The left hand is the one pressing and squeezing. So this is where we often notice when our strength fades and we become fatigued.
For the left hand, perhaps the number one exercise for strength, control and independence is Slurs. These offer some of the biggest return on time spent.
- Slurs – “Hammer-ons and pull-offs” offer a big bang for the proverbial buck.
- Rasgueados – These are mostly used for the right hand. But we can also use them off the guitar for left hand strength and agility as well. Very portable and effective.
Below you’ll find other exercises for strength as well.
- Guitar Finger Exercises for Strength, Flexibility, and Independence
- How to Play Guitar with Less Left-Hand Tension
- Beautiful Ornaments and Trills: Exercises for Practice
- Speed and Precision Exercises for Classical Guitar
- Classical Guitar Technique Off-Guitar Exercises for Travel, Strength, and Stretch
- Left-Hand Finger Independence and Stretch, with Odair’s Favorite Drill
- Sergio Assad’s Left Hand Independence Workout
- What’s the point of practicing scales on guitar?
- QuickStart Guide to Practicing Scales on the Classical Guitar
- How to Play Rasgueados: the Basics
- Rasgueados for BOTH Hands: Strength and Stretch Anywhere
- Slurs: The Classical Guitar Equivalent to 6-Pack Abs