The Firm Finger & Heavy Arm – Guitar Principles

The Firm Finger & Heavy Arm

The Firm Finger & Heavy Arm

 When guitar fingers are playing a note, they must be firm in order to press the string to the fret.
And, we must teach the fingers to direct the weight of the arm to the strings. 

The ability to direct arm weight through the fingers on to the strings is one of the secrets of easy,
good, and great guitar playing. When we do this, it is called "The Heavy Arm". 

Watch this video, and learn how to use the firm fingers and heavy arm to direct arm weight to the strings.



The more you use the "Heavy Arm" in your playing, the more you will love it! Playing will become easier and you will have much more stamina and less fatigue, as your arm weight does much of the work of pressing strings down. The difference between doing this, and using only muscle power to play is like night and day!

Let's get even more comfortable with using the Heavy Arm. Let's teach the fingers to walk across the strings using the Heavy Arm.

David Falgout

InTouch Engineer Schlumberger Rosharon Campus

I have struggled for years trying to learn left hand placement, and the mechanics of the various chord changes, but alone this is nearly impossible.

Everything Jamie describes is what I am experiencing, from having a bad teacher to trying to teach myself. I watched videos of teachers saying "Watch me play it, now you do it."  They never tell you the real mechanics of how the fingers must work.

This is what is missing from everyone else’s lessons. I think I just found my inspiration again!

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