How Do I Learn to Fingerboard?

 

The fingerboard is a small skateboard that you can ride using your middle and index fingers. The fingerboard is about 10 cm long, and it is between 25 and 34 cm wide. Since the fingerboard isn’t as big as a skateboard, it can be hard to get used to at first. Without the right help, it will be hard for you to ride on the fingerboard. Also, if you are new to Fingerboard, you need to learn the basics first. This will help you learn more complicated moves. Also, you should make sure that the board you are using is comfortable for you. If you want to learn more about how to ride a fingerboard, keep reading.

Brief Information About Fingerboard

Even though the fingerboard is a small version of a real skateboard, it has almost all of the parts of a skateboard, like wheels, decks, trucks, and even deck graphics. The main difference is that you ride a fingerboard with your fingers instead of your legs.

Also, fingerboards come in a huge range of styles and designs for both experienced players and people who are just starting out. If you want to learn how to play the guitar, you can find a fingerboard for beginners in a number of places. But its length starts at 100 mm and its width ranges from 25 to 34 mm. You might think it’s for kids only, but you’d be wrong. Anyone of any age can play the fingerboard.

You might be surprised to learn that the fingerboard has become more popular because it works so well. The fingerboard was first made in 1960, but it is now more well-known because skateboarding is so popular. Fingerboarding is something that a lot of people around the world like to do now. Also, fingerboarding has a lot of fans in the US, Europe, and Asia.

How Do I Learn to Fingerboard? [Basic Tricks]

Fingerboarding is a great game, but you can only fully enjoy it if you know how to play it right. Also, you need to know the basics of fingerboarding before you can learn more advanced tricks. Below, we talk about all the basic fingerboarding skills that make it easy to learn more advanced skills.

Finger Positioning

The most important thing about fingerboarding is where you put your fingers. First, you have to figure out where to put your fingers to keep them steady and give you control. Your index finger needs to be in the middle of the fingerboard, and your middle finger needs to be on the back edge.

The deck will be controlled by the index finger, and all the stunts and tricks will be done with the middle finger. Most people find it easy to play the guitar with these two fingers. But you can use your favorite fingers to get a better grip when fingerboarding.

Forward Push

Once you find the right place to put your finger, the first step is to push forward on the fingerboard. One of the easy tricks you can do with the fingerboard is this. But if you get bored with this move, let’s move on to some more advanced ones.

Manual Lift

Now you need to learn the manual lift to get to the next level of fingerboard learning. Manual lift is a simple trick, but you will need to practice it a bit before you can do it well. To learn this technique, press the edge of the fingerboard with your middle finger so the front wheels hang in the air. Try to ride for a while like this. To pull back to the ground, press the index finger.

Board Turning

This is a simple trick, but like any other trick, you need to practice it a few times before you can do it well. First, put your fingers on the board and move it straight in front of you on a flat surface. With the middle finger already on the backflip, press down on the board.

At this point, the fingerboard’s front wheels will be in the air. Don’t use your index finger to push down on the board so that it can be pushed up freely. Now, turn your fingers in the direction you want to move the fingerboard. Hold your index finger back down to move the fingerboard.

Air Tricks

To get good at fingerboard’s air tricks, you’ll need a few tries. First, keep your fingers where they were and use your middle finger to press the back edge of the board to lift the front wheel. Use your middle finger to keep the balance of the fingerboard.

Then, push hard on the back of the board so it can fly up. This time, you have to work quickly because gravity will quickly pull the fingerboard back to the surface. With this method, the fingerboard will go back to having four wheels.

How to Learn Grind on the Fingerboard [Advanced Tricks]

Now that you know how to do all the basic moves, it’s time to move on to the next level. Here, we talked about some fingerboarding tricks that are more difficult.

50-50 Grind on a Rail

First, you’ll need a fingerboard rail that was made just for you or the edge of a table or a piece of wood. Put the fingerboard right on the rail and lightly press with both fingers on each side of the board. Now, move the board closer to the rail. To balance the fingerboard, put your hands and fingers on a flat surface.

5-0 Grind on a Rail, Then Manual the Rail

This trick is a little tricky because it takes three things and makes them into one. Place the fingerboard on the rail and use your back finger instead of both fingers to push down. The fingerboard will land in the corner of the rail. Keep pressure on the back of the fingerboard to keep it moving. Then, use your front finger and the back edge of the fingerboard to land it.

Nose Grind

Place the fingerboard in the air, bring your index finger in front of you, and press down instead of on the back to lift it. You can move the fingerboard to the end of the rail to make it point backward instead of forward. To land the fingerboard, press down on the back. It will take a few tries to get used to moving your finger backwards for this trick.

How to Choose the Best Fingerboard

To find the best fingerboard, you need to think about things like the material, the size, and a lot more. We’ll talk about some important things that will help you choose the best fingerboard below.

Deck Width

One of the most important parts of the fingerboard is the width of the deck. Because fingers aren’t all the same size, the width of the deck changes based on how big the fingers are. Most fingerboards have a deck width of between 25 and 34 millimeters. A lower width makes it easier to do tricks that look like flips. On the other hand, if you have a wider deck, you will be more stable on the board. So, you should try out a few different fingerboard sizes before buying one.

Deck Curved

Concave refers to how steep and round the deck is from the middle to the edges. The concave of a fingerboard comes down to what you like. It could be low or high. So, you need to figure out how much concave you need to be able to control the board.

GripTape

The grip tape is the top layer of the deck, which gives your finger enough grip to move and control the fingerboard. You can turn the fingerboard any way you want if you use the right grip tape. Usually, grip tape can be either smooth or rough. The soft tape will make it easier to hold on to and more comfortable. And the rough tape will give you grip just like real sandpaper on a skateboard.

Trucks

On the back of the fingerboard, which holds the wheels together, are the trucks. For better balance and control of the board, you need to make sure that the width of the deck is exactly the same as the width of the trucks. Also, the truck’s wheels should be connected to the deck’s edge.

Wheels

The fingerboard’s wheels could be hard and smooth or soft and rough. The wheel determines how smoothly the board moves. Most wheels are made of hard plastic and don’t have bearings, which makes them hard to turn. Choose wheels with sealed bearings for a smooth ride.

Kicks

Kicks are the front and back of the fingerboard. The back of the fingerboard is longer than the front kick. How well you can control and balance the board depends on how big they are and how tall you are.

Conclusion

Fingerboarding is a great indoor game that can be played instead of skateboarding to get the same feeling. Most people have trouble fingerboarding because a fingerboard isn’t as big as a skateboard. We’ve told you enough in this article about how to learn fingerboarding to help you get started. By learning the simple tips we’ve talked about so far, you can take your learning to the next level. Also, choosing the right fingerboard will help you ride better. So, before you buy one, think about the things we talked about above.

 




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