Tasty Guitar Routines

author: _Doggy_ date: 04/25/2012 category: guitar techniques
rating: 9.7 / votes: 9 
Hi everyone, and welcome to the first of a series of Tasty Guitar Routines! Today's lesson will consist of stretching and warming up your fingers and arms to give you the best practice and playing performance. The Tasty Workout Routines consist of a series of technique exercises covering Stretching and Warming up, Alternate Picking, Sweet Picking, Legato, Tapping and Slap & Pop. You should warm up properly and then focus on one of these groups one day a week if you have the time. For those with tight schedules I'll be making the Tasty Light version, so you can practice all of the exercises in about an hour. I've been playing guitar for almost 12 years, trying to think how to approach the different guitar techniques in the most efficient way possible. Reading from lessons to books I found awesome exercises that will be of the most benefit for all guitar players out there (and they've worked wonderfully for me). Of course, you can tweak them and make each of the exercises your own (because I really don't own any of them, I'm just spreading the good news). So, lets get started! Lesson 1: Stretching And Warming Up
  • Stretching It may sound boring, but stretching your arm (biceps, triceps), hand, wrists and chest muscles is very important! Playing guitar is like doing an awesome sport, you have to warm up those muscles so they can respond the way you want them to and avoid injuries (and it will take roughly five minutes, not bad! ). Tips for proper stretching. Remember when stretching the biceps to grab ALL of your fingers (including the thumb, we usually forget about it) and feel those sweet tendons and muscles stretching.
  • Warming Up Now it's time for some guitar exercises. I found these on Guthrie Govan's Creative Guitar series, and have been part of my daily practice routine. They'll help you widen your fingers range and strength, so doing this kind of chords will be a piece of cake: Fig. 1: CMaj7 & E/CMaj7
    E|--x--|--x--||
    B|--5--|--8--||
    G|--5--|--5--||
    D|--9--|--9--||
    A|--x--|--7--||
    E|--8--|--x--||
    Important: These exercises are not meant for developing speed, you must take you time and make ALL of the notes sound right. Move each of the fingers slowly, memorizing the best position of the chord. The goal is to reach the first fret in each of the exercises. Fig. 2: Finger Stretch 1 (Keep going until your fingers can't stretch or the chord sound is not the best)
    E|--12-11-11-11-11--||
    B|--13-13-12-12-12--||
    G|--14-14-14-13-13--||
    D|--15-15-15-15-14--||
    A|------------------||
    E|------------------||
    There will be some point where you just can't stretch your fingers enough. That's fine, you don't have to break apart the tendons and muscles. Leave it like that and continue the routine. Eventually you'll be able to reach the first fret. Fig. 3: Finger Stretch 2 (Reverse) (Keep going until your fingers can't stretch or the chord sound is not the best)
    E|--15-15-15-15-14--||
    B|--14-14-14-13-13--||
    G|--13-13-12-12-12--||
    D|--12-11-11-11-11--||
    A|------------------||
    E|------------------||
    This one (in my opinion) is a lot harder than the previous one. It will take a little more time to master. Fig. 4: Finger Stretch 3 (For the Boss exercise) (Keep going until your fingers can't stretch or the chord sound is not the best)
    E|------------------||
    B|------------------||
    G|--18-18-18-18-17--||
    D|--16-16-16-15-15--||
    A|--14-14-13-13-13--||
    E|--12-11-11-11-11--||
    Yes, this one is a monster. The position of the hand is not comfortable enough, the stretch is a pain and each one of the fingers will be struggling to be in its place. Rest your hands and fingers a little bit in-between exercises. If you overdo them without proper stretching or resting your hands will not appreciate it at all. We're almost done. Now let's practice some basic, yet not that easy chord shapes (D, C and G). Fig. 5: Chord Shapes (Keep going until your fingers can't stretch or the chord sound is not the best) D Chord Shape
    E|--14-13-12-11--||
    B|--15-14-13-12--||
    G|--14-13-12-11--||
    D|--12-11-10-9---||
    A|---------------||
    E|---------------||
    C Chord Shape
    E|--12-11-10-9---||
    B|--13-12-11-10--||
    G|--12-11-10-9---||
    D|--14-13-12-11--||
    A|--15-14-13-14--||
    E|---------------||
    G Chord Shape
    E|--15-14-13-12--||
    B|--12-11-10-9---||
    G|--12-11-10-9---||
    D|--12-11-10-9---||
    A|--14-13-12-11--||
    E|--15-14-13-12--||
    How are your hands doing? :) This is all for now folks, hope you enjoy it. I'll be back to keep the Tasty Guitar Routines going. Stay in tune for Lesson 2: Alternate Picking!
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