Improve Your Stretching

author: NagorRoberts date: 04/20/2009 category: for beginners
rating: 7.5 / votes: 6 
Hey, I wrote this to be help to all budding guitarists who feel the need to improve their stretching. Firstly play the following progression usining alternate picking.
e|---------------------------------6-8-10-|
B|--------------------------6-8-10--------|
G|-------------------6-8-10---------------|
D|-------------5-7-9----------------------|
A|-------5-7-9----------------------------|
E|-5-7-9----------------------------------|

And back up...

e|-10-8-6---------------------------------|
B|--------10-8-6--------------------------|
G|---------------10-8-6-------------------|
D|----------------------9-7-5-------------|
A|----------------------------9-7-5-------|
E|----------------------------------9-7-5-|
When you can sound each of these notes perfectly move on to the next section. Oh, this may take patience and severe pains in your hands, but it is worth it.
Now Hammer-on and pull-off the notes, up and down.
e|-----------------------6h10p6------------------|
B|------------------6h10--------10p6-------------|
G|-------------6h10------------------10p6--------|
D|---------5h9----------------------------9p5----|
A|-----5h9------------------------------------etc|
E|-5h9-------------------------------------------|
Ok, once you've that nailed (I can't play the 6h8h10p8p6 perfectly yet) move onto the next section, using your strecthes in a song. This is an extract from Trivium's Rain.
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-12-----10-------------12---13---12-12----10----------------------|
D|----8-8----8-8-8-8-8-8----8----8-------10----10-10-10-10-10-10----|
Pm-   . .    . . . . . .    .    .        .     .  .  .  .  .  .
This will improve your stretching on the lower strings high on the fretboard, and it's great fun. When you feel confidant with these tips, try this solo from Dying in your arms also by Trivium. Guitar II (Matt Heafy) has a long stretch which you should be able to manage with practice.
Guitar I (Corey Beaulieu)
e|-12p8----12-12p8-12p8----12-12p8-12p8----12---10p7---7-10p7-10p7--| 
B|------10--------------10--------------10-----------8-------------8| 
G|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-7-8p7-8p7---7-8p5---5-8p5-8p5---5-13-12-10---12-10-------10------| 
B|-----------8-------6-----------6-----------13-------13-12----13-12| 
G|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------|
B|-10-13-12-10-8--|
G|----------------|  X2
D|----------------| 
A|----------------| 
D|----------------|

Guitar II (Matt Heafy)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|-9p5---59p5-9p5---5-9p5-9p5---5-7p4---4-7p4-7p4---4-5p4-5p4---4-| 
D|-----7-----------7-----------7-------5-----------5-----------5---| 
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|-5p2---2-5p-5p2---2-4p2-4p2---2-10-9-7----9-7------7--------------| 
D|-----3----------3-----------3----------10-----10-9---10-9-7-10-9-7| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---|
B|---| 
G|---| 
D|-5-| X2 
A|---| 
D|---|
Thanks, I hope this helps. Email me if you have any questions or would like to offer me any helpful tips you yourselves have used in your playing. I look forward to hearing from people.
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