We get this question every so often and I always say the same thing: Show me the problem. In other words, show me a thing that a high percentage of players somehow fails to do even after years of concerted effort, and that’s when I get interested.
I’m absolutely not saying left hand practice is easy, and I’m definitely not saying the mechanics are simple. I’m saying, I don’t get the sense that there is a huge glass ceiling there like there was in picking technique, where you have fundamental illiteracy across a majority of the guitar playing population, resulting in dedicated people who practice for years in some cases with little to show for it.
Maybe there aren’t issues of similar magnitude in fretting technique. Maybe the majority of players get by to a certain degree with simple trial and error. If that’s the case, then what’s the next level down? What is something that lots of people do fine with, but could do better?
I don’t have the fastest fretting hand in the world by any stretch, but I haven’t particularly struggled with any aspect of fretting technique. Is that true for most players, or just some? Are you telling me I could have Shawn Lane finger speed if only I did something differently? Because I don’t really need that level of speed, but if you’re saying I can have that just by altering some aspect of what I do, then ok, sure, that’s worth looking at.
As usual, more questions than answers!