When I first started playing the guitar one of the most frustrating things for me was getting my fingers to do what I wanted them to do. They wouldn’t move independently from each other, I couldn’t form even the simplest chords and oh my, what on earth is the point of a pinky that doesn’t do anything. There was also the issue of finger strength in that most of my digits were unused to applying even the faintest of pressure so when faced with holding down a steel string they just gave up. What I needed was a Jane Fonda workout for my fingers and thankfully for me I looked into guitar finger trainers.
The idea behind guitar finger trainers is much like any kind of muscle training. The aim is to build up strength and flexibility by pushing against a form of resistance and that is what you are getting with guitar finger trainers. In the simplest form they are a grip based device with spring loaded finger pads. By pushing against the finger pads strength is built up in your fingers more quickly. The added benefit is that guitar finger trainers can be taken and used just about anywhere. If you are so inclined you can take them to the toilet with you and gain finger strength whilst performing your morning ablutions.
So to help you decide we have reviewed the three best finger trainers that we have tried and tested.
The first on our list is the Planet Waves Varigrip Adjustable guitar finger trainer. This guitar finger trainer is designed to develop and maintain the strength and dexterity of your fingers, hands, and forearms. The Planet Waves Varigrip features an ergonomic design and variable tension that is customizable for each individual finger. The thing we like about the Planet Wave guitar finger trainer is that it has a reversible molded grip which uncovers simulated strings to help develop and maintain finger calluses when you are away from your instrument. The Planet Wave can be ordered from Amazon for just £8.49.
Our second of three guitar finger trainers is from Generic and is the only guitar finger trainer of the three which features an extendible grip to allow the guitarist to simulate some of those more difficult finger stretches. The Flanger FA-10 Extendo-grip Guitar Finger Trainer features an extendible grip that can be altered so that you can train your pinky to stretch over progressively longer distances. The Flanger FA-10 has been ergonomically designed to allow you to exercise the fingers, wrists and forearms while practising the correct action for playing musical instruments. Increases finger speed, strength and independence. Again you can order the Flanger FA-10 from Amazon for £11.15.
Finally we have the Pro Hands X-Heavy Tension Guitar Finger Trainer. Designed and manufactured by the guys who bought you the Gripmaster this, we think is the toughest of the guitar finger trainers that we have tested. This does not have the same design features of the previous two models but where it loses there it more than makes up in the sheer workout it will give your fingers. Designed for rock climbers to give them increased finger strength non of the other guitar finger trainers require as much strength to depress the keys. If you are looking for the tough guy of the finger trainer world this is for you. The Pro Hands can be ordered from Amazon for £9.49.
These are three great guitar finger trainers and I believe that any one of them will help to strengthen your fingers and help you to gain mastery of the fretboard in no time at all.