Some Good Warm-up Tips

author: BelowZero date: 03/26/2009 category: for beginners
rating: 6.7 / votes: 3 
Firstly, to begin with, this is my first lesson ever, hopefully not my last. Secondly, you will requie some basic knowledge, such as how to read tablature, and some basic alternate picking. Before we even plug in our guitar we should tune it up. Once your finished with this. Immediatly I like to preform the folling little finger exercise.
|-------------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|
|---------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------|
|-----------------------------------1-2-3-4---------------------|
|-----------------------1-2-3--4--------------------------------|
|------------1-2-3-4--------------------------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------------------|
It works best to play this up, and then back down. During this exercise I find it a very good idea to concentrate less on the speed but mush more importantly on your form and rhythm. You should try to alternate pick it and keep a steady beat. Meaning, if you have a metronome, use it. After you've gotten comfortable with this warm-up we're finally ready to jam- almost. Switch to your clean channel and play this, strumming each chord four times, also known as quarter notes. D A A7 D, G, D, A - and then repeat. Then play: D7, G, Em, A, D - once a again quarter notes and once again, repeat. Lastly: D C G D - repeated and quarter notes. It's a fun little riff- actually it's Hey Jude by The Beatles. it's a catchy popular riff, played nice and slow that doesn't take that much skill. So by this point we have done the following. -Stretched out the fingers doing the "1234" exercise. -Worked our basic chords. Lastly, we're gonna warm up our eyes and our instincts, with some sight reading. All of these are to be played as quarter notes.
          O      O     O  O        O
|---O---O-----O-----O-------O---O-----|
  O   O
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Keep alternate picking this, picking up speed. Eventually it will be memorizd and try playing the lick on the b string, and so on. This last warmup lick is for the more intermediate players looking ti develope some speed.
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|:-7-4-0-8-5-0-10-7-0-8-5-0:|
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Repeat that as many times as needed picking up speed gradually, until it's a fast as you can get then finish off with:
|:-7p4p0h7p4:|
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Repeat this as many times as needed. Some of you may not reckognize it but it's actually a very famous Angus Young solo, however I find it incredibly useful for a warm-up lick. Again this is a bit more challenging but with some hard practice you should be able to crack it. The hardest part is the second part. So now finally we've: -Stretched the fingers -Set-up some chords -Worked our eye's and instincts -And possibly even worked up our speed It may seem like quite a lot, especially for a basic warm-up. However with soem practice it can be done in no more then 10 minutes, sometimes in under five. Again don't be afraid to add any flair or such to personalize your warm-up and fit it to your style of play. Good-luck and happy rocking.
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