30-day guitar challenge, day 4: Utilise Marty Friedman's 'Spider' powerchord fingering

A clever technique for fast changes

Marty Friedman s spider powerchords

30-day guitar challenge: The challenge continues... Here we look at a neat little idea for powerchord fingering shown to us by one-time Megadeth man and all-round guitar giant Marty Friedman.

Some years back, Friedman told us about his preferred 'spider' fingering for powerchords, explaining that this four-fingered approach allows him to play faster and cleaner changes.

The first/third finger shape is the obvious fingering, but if you add in a second/fourth finger shape you can cross the strings and cover the fretboard swiftly.

Try alternating between the two shapes shown above, paying close attention to the fingering; as you gain confidence, try moving up and down the neck.

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