#1
Lately I've been seeing a lot of new players asking "what should I practice to build finger stregenth/dextarity/speed", so I figured I'd make a thread where people can post their favorite finger exercise. That way all the new players out there can get a good range of opinions.

I'll start it off. This is a pretty basic arpeggio sequence that starts on Gmaj, and steps to Gmaj7, G7, and finally a G6. The last note of each arpeggio should be treated as the first note of the next one in the sequence, so they all flow together.
I is for index, M for middle, R for ring, and P for pinky.

Gmaj:
E:-------------------------
B:-------------------------
G:------------0------------
D:-------------------------
A:-----2--5-----5--2-----
e:--3-------------------3-

----M--I--P-----P--I--M-

Gmaj7
E:-------------------------
B:-------------------------
G:-------------------------
D:------------4------------
A:-----2--5-----5--2-----
e:--3-------------------3-

-----M-I--P--R--P--I--M-

G7:
E:-------------------------
B:-------------------------
G:-------------------------
D:------------3------------
A:-----2--5-----5--2-----
e:--3-------------------3-

-----M-I--P--M--P--I--M-

G6:
E:-------------------------
B:-------------------------
G:-------------------------
D:------------2------------
A:-----2--5-----5--2-----
e:--3-------------------3-

-----M-I--P--I--P---I--M-

I do this sequence as often as possible, both as a warmup and for extended periods as an exercise.
Last edited by Garou1911 at Oct 21, 2007,
#2
looks like a good one, i usually don't stick to particular excercises, i tend to just let my mind do what it wants anywhere on the fretboard.

I may have to try this
#4
Haha you've probably seen me post this one up a few times then:


-----------------------------------------------------------------1-4-2-3---------------
-----------------------------------------------------1-4-2-3---------------------------
----------------------------------------1-4-2-3----------------------------------------
---------------------------1-4-2-3-----------------------------------------------------
---------------1-4-2-3-----------------------------------------------------------------
---1-4-2-3-----------------------------------------------------------------------------


EDIT: My favroite picking exercies are: the intro to Over My Head from Sum 41 and the intro to Tears Don't Fall from Bullet For My Valentine. Both are relatively fast-paced when it comes to alternate picking between two strings, so they are pretty helpful IMO.
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Last edited by philipp122 at Oct 20, 2007,
#5
-----------------------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4---------------
-----------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4---------------------------
----------------------------------------1-2-3-4----------------------------------------
---------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------
---------------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------
---1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
#6
fear of the dark would be a good one here is the tab for it though

EDIT-wrong url :p

heres the right one
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/i/iron_maiden/fear_of_the_dark_tab.htm
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Last edited by punk_metal2007 at Oct 21, 2007,
#7
I learnt this one from my tutor.... It's called the spider technique or something. Atleast that's what he used to call it

-0-1-2-3-----------------------
-0-1-2-3-----------------------
-0-1-2-3-----------------------
-0-1-2-3-----------------------
-0-1-2-3-----------------------
-0-1-2-3-----------------------

Yeah, i know it's for total noobies.... But, it helps.

Ofcourse, i also do this one....

-----------------------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4---------------
-----------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4---------------------------
----------------------------------------1-2-3-4----------------------------------------
---------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------
---------------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------
---1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------------------