Exercises For Beginners

author: humalogmix date: 03/15/2010 category: for beginners
rating: 9.4 / votes: 37 
I'm gonna start right here with the basics. Certain excerises and tips to help you become a proficient guitarist in no time! The purpose of this exercise is to stretch out your hand, build the callouses on the tips of your fingers, and build up your finger strength. One thing to keep in mind while doing these is that you'll have a natural tendency to bend at your wrist to reach the notes on the low E string, and probably the A and D strings. You should try to avoid doing this because it prevents your hand from fully stretching out and, more importantly, bending your wrist and repeatedy finger movements puts unnecessary strain on your wrists and could ultimately lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. A few notes before we get into it: -make sure you understand tablature -know that above the tabs I may indicate which finger you are to use on each fret(1=index, 2=middle, 3=ring, 4=pinky) For this first exercise, what you will do is simply pluck each fret starting in first position, then second, third, fourth, and fifth ascending and descending. As you are doing so, be sure to keep your index finger down as you ascend to ensure that your hand begins to stretch out. While doing this exercise be sure that you are alternate picking (using an "up/down" motion when picking the strings). The purpose of this exercise is to stretch out your hand, build the callouses on the tips of your fingers, and build up your finger strength.
   1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 
e|-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-3-2-1-------------------|
B|---------------------------------1-2-3-4---------------4-3-2-1-----------|
G|-------------------------1-2-3-4-------------------------------4-3-2-1---|
D|-----------------1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------------|
A|---------1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------------------|
E|-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------|

   4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-4-3-2-1-----------------|
A|---------4-3-2-1---------|
E|-----------------4-3-2-1-|
Now do the same pattern and fingering beginning at the second fret, then third, fourth and fifth. The second exercise I have is one to aid in moving up and down the fret board with increased accuracy. Notice the different pattern on the string, this means you will have to raise your ring finger to play the second fret notes. Again, alternate pick.
   1 3 2 4 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 4 2 3 1 
e|---------------------------------------------------------1-3-2-4-2-3-1---|
B|-----------------------------------------1-3-2-4-------------------------|
G|-------------------------1-3-2-4-----------------1-3-2-4-----------------|
D|---------1-3-2-4-----------------1-3-2-4---------------------------------|
A|-----------------1-3-2-4-------------------------------------------------|
E|-1-3-2-4-----------------------------------------------------------------|

   4 2 3 1 4 2 3 1 4 2 3 1 4 2 3 1 4 2 3 1 4 2 3 1 4 2 3 1
e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------4-2-3-1------------------------------------------|
G|-4-2-3-1-----------------4-2-3-1--------------------------|
D|-----------------4-2-3-1-----------------4-2-3-1----------|
A|---------------------------------4-2-3-1------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------4-2-3-1--|
Once again, do the same pattern and fingering beginning at the second fret, then third, fourth and fifth. This third exercise will work on the dexterity and agility moving along the neck of the guitar. Beginning at the first fret work your way one full octave (12 frets) up the neck using alternate picking.
   1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4
e|-------1-2-4-------2-3-5-------3-4-6-------4-5-7-------5-6-8-------6-7-9-|
B|-1-2-4-------2-3-5-------3-4-6-------4-5-7-------5-6-8-------6-7-9-------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 
   1 2 4  1 2 4  1 2 4  1 2 4  1 2  4  1 2  4  1  2  4  1  2  4  1  2  4
e|--------7-8-10--------8-9-11---------9-10-12----------10-11-13-----------|
B|-7-8-10--------8-9-11--------9-10-12---------10-11-13----------11-12-14--|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 
   1  2  4  1  2  4  1  2  4  1  2  4  1  2  4
e|-11-12-14----------12-13-15----------13-14-16---|
B|----------12-13-15----------13-14-16------------|
G|------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|
And descending:
    4  2  1  4  2  1  4  2  1  4  2  1  4  2  1  4  2  1  4  2  1  4  2  1
e|--16-14-13----------15-13-12----------14-12-11----------13-11-10---------|
B|-----------16-14-13----------15-13-12----------14-12-11----------13-11-10|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 
    4  2  1 4  2  1 4  2 1 4  2 1 4  2 1 4  2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1 
e|--12-10-9---------11-9-8--------10-8-7--------9-7-6-------8-6-5----------|
B|----------12-10-9--------11-9-8--------10-8-7-------9-7-6-------8-6-5----|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 
   4 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 1
e|-7-5-4-------6-4-3-------5-3-2-------4-2-1----------|
B|-------7-5-4-------6-4-3-------5-3-2-------4-2-1----|
G|----------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|
These are some good exercises to get your fingers ready to rule the neck of the guitar, even now I still use them as a warm up before any intense practice sessions.
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