#1
So, you feel like your chops suck, and you want to get better? Well, the best way to do that is to learn some technical exercises. A technical exercise is a nonmusical exercise intended to increase your technical proficiency. If you practice correctly, you should already be playing technical exercises to warm up. The exercises I'm going to teach you are equally good for guitar and bass, although I'm tabbing them for guitar. Now, on to the exercises.

This first exercise is for finger independence. Start in the first position, with each finger assigned one fret. Set your metronome at a comfortable tempo, and only increase it after you can play the whole exercise, flawlessly, 10 consecutive times at that tempo. Let's look at Example 1 for this exercise.

Ex. 1

 E -------------------------------------------------------------1h2-1h3-1h4-4p3-4p2-4p1------------------------------------------------------------
 B -------------------------------------------------1h2-1h3-1h4-------------------------4p3-4p2-4p1------------------------------------------------
 G -------------------------------------1h2-1h3-1h4-------------------------------------------------4p3-4p2-4p1------------------------------------
 D -------------------------1h2-1h3-1h4-------------------------------------------------------------------------4p3-4p2-4p1------------------------
 A -------------1h2-1h3-1h4-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4p3-4p2-4p1------------
 E -1h2-1h3-1h4-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4p3-4p2-4p1


Now, repeat, moving up a position. Repeat until you reach the 7th position.


This next exercise is designed to help your alternate picking technique. Just like the first exercise, you need to set your metronome at a comfortable tempo, and only increase it after you can play the whole exercise, flawlessly, 10 consecutive times at that tempo.

Ex. 2

 E -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1-2-0-1-2-3-0-1-2-3-4-0
 B -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1-2-0-1-2-3-0-1-2-3-4-0------------------------
 G -------------------------------------------------------------------------1-2-0-1-2-3-0-1-2-3-4-0------------------------------------------------
 D -------------------------------------------------1-2-0-1-2-3-0-1-2-3-4-0------------------------------------------------------------------------
 A -------------------------1-2-0-1-2-3-0-1-2-3-4-0------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 E -1-2-0-1-2-3-0-1-2-3-4-0------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


 E -4-3-0-4-3-2-0-4-3-2-1-0------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 B -------------------------4-3-0-4-3-2-0-4-3-2-1-0------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 G -------------------------------------------------4-3-0-4-3-2-0-4-3-2-1-0------------------------------------------------------------------------
 D -------------------------------------------------------------------------4-3-0-4-3-2-0-4-3-2-1-0------------------------------------------------
 A -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4-3-0-4-3-2-0-4-3-2-1-0------------------------
 E -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4-3-0-4-3-2-0-4-3-2-1-0


As I've said earlier, these are very good warm-up exercises as well. Have fun!
Last edited by Holy Katana at Jun 2, 2006,
#3
Quote by bassdrum
Its a little short..... Add some more exercises.

But, so far, so good.


All right. They're really easy to come up with.
#4
You should also put some picking exercises up to. Picking is a big part of technique.

Edit: I meant like string skipping, economy picking, etc.