How do I improve my chops? (Premier Guitar column)

Let’s face it. A lot of the time we spend “practicing” the guitar is actually spent “playing” the guitar, which is a polite way of saying that it’s in most of our natures to shy away from things we don’t already understand in favor of repeating things we can already do. Without getting into it too much, the nervous system connects your brain to your hand through the ball-mount (or base) of the index finger first. Between this and the fact that the weakest and smallest of your fingers are the furthest away from the support and anchor of your thumb, most self-taught players tend to rely too heavily on their index and middle fingers to do the heavy lifting.

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