Some Decent Exercises

author: dave742 date: 09/23/2008 category: practice tips

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Sup! This is my first lesson and i'm simply gonna tab out and explain some exercises and things for all you guitarists. Yere's a very useful alternate picking exercise (metronome could be used, 6 notes per beat):
E-------------------------------------------------------2-3-4-3-2----
B------------------------------------------2-3-4-3-2--1--------------
G-----------------------------2-3-4-3-2--1---------------------------
D----------------2-3-4-3-2--1----------------------------------------
A---2-3-4-3-2--1-----------------------------------------------------
E-1------------------------------------------------------------------

E----3-4-5-4-3---------------------------------------------------------
B--2-------------3-4-5-3-4---------------------------------------------
G--------------2-------------3-4-5-4-3---------------------------------
D--------------------------2-------------3-4-5-4-3---------------------
A--------------------------------------2-------------3-4-5-4-3---------
E--------------------------------------------------2-------------------
Just keep playing the same shape and sliding up a fret after you play an E string. This is a very good warm-up exercise I find. Remember to alternate pick! Here's some hammer-on exercises (Alternate picking helps but isnt neccesary):
E-------------------------------2h3h5-2h3h5--------------------------------
B-------------------------2h3h5-------------2h3h5--------------------------
G-------------------2h3h5-------------------------2h3h5--------------------
D-------------2h3h5-------------------------------------2h3h5--------------
A-------2h3h5-------------------------------------------------2h3h5--------
E-2h3h5-------------------------------------------------------------2h3h5--
Just keep repeating that shape over and over until your hands start aching, and then push yourself to play it another 3 times and take a break. Also play the shape using a '2 4 5' shape rather than the '2 3 5' shape I've tabbed out. After that do the shape but as you change strings, change the shape so it looks like this:
E-------------------------------2h4h5-2h3h5---------------------------------
B-------------------------2h3h5-------------2h4h5---------------------------
G-------------------2h4h5-------------------------2h3h5---------------------
D-------------2h3h5-------------------------------------2h4h5---------------
A-------2h4h5-------------------------------------------------2h3h5---------
E-2h3h5-------------------------------------------------------------2h4h5---
Here's another simple hammer-on shape I learned from a magazine (alternate pick is again not neccesary but helps):
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------------------------------------6h8h10-6h8h10---------
G-------------------------------------5h7h9-5h7h9-----------------------
D-------------------------5h7h9-5h7h9-----------------------------------
A-------------5h7h8-5h7h8-----------------------------------------------
E-5h7h8-5h7h8-----------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------------------
B---5h7h9-5h7h9-------------------------------------------------------
G---------------5h7h9-5h7h9-------------------------------------------
D---------------------------5h7h9-5h7h9-------------------------------
A---------------------------------------5h7h8-5h7h8-------------------
E---------------------------------------------------5h7h8-5h7h8-------
That was just a simple speed building exercise that can put into your daily 'routine' or whatever you call it. Here is a matt-heafy style lick that he used on a total guitar 'shred like me' video that can be found on youtube. I'm not sure if this is note-perfect but it sounds it to me (alternate pick):
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------------12-14-16-12-14-16---
D-------------------------------------12-14-16-12-14-16---------------------
A-------------------12-14-15-12-14-15---------------------------------------
E-12-14-15-12-14-15---------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------14-16-17-14-16-17-------------------12-14-16------------
D-14-16-17-14-16-17-------------------12-14-16-12-14-16---------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-12-14-16-------------------10-12-14-10-12-14------------------------------
D----------10-12-14-10-12-14------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Now for the ending part of the lick:
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------15b----------------------------------------------------
G-16-14-12------------------------------------------------------------------
D----------16-14-13---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Here is an Yngwie Malmsteen style lick I also found on the internet:
E--13-12-10-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------13-12-10s9------------------------------------------------------
G----------------------10-9-------------------------------------------------
D---------------------------12-10-9-----------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------12-11-12--------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
That lick should be alternate picked, also could be incorporated into a solo. Here is an Alexi Laiho style lick I learned from Total guitar magazine thats awesome if your stuck with nothing to learn:
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------9-10-13-10-9-10-13s14-----------
D------------------------7-9-10-9-7-9-10s12---------------------------------
A-------5-7-8-7-5-7-8s11----------------------------------------------------
E-5-7-8---------------------------------------------------------------------

E----------12-13------------------------------------------------------------
B-12-13-15------------------------------------------------------------------
G---------------------------------------------------------------------------
D---------------------------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Here's another intermediate exercise lick I learned from total guitar:
E-12-10-8-------------------------------------------------------------------
B---------12-10-8-----------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------11-9-7--9-7-5---------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------9-7-5---------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------9-7-5--7-5-3--------2-----------------
E--------------------------------------------------7-5-3--0-----------------
Okay, now heres an exercise that's very good for string skipping, I got this from an ultimate guitar lesson so if you want a more in-depth lesson on string skipping then search it up, but here is an exercise from the lesson:
E-12-13-15------------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------12-14-15------------------------------------------------
G----------12-13-15-------------------12-13-15------------------------------
D----------------------------12-14-15-------------------12-13-15------------
A----------------------------------------------12-14-15---------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------12-13-15-12-
Alright, I hope these exercises help you with your playing, I did not write the majority of exercises shown here, I have simply grabbed n picked little exercises that I use a lot and tabbed them down. Good luck and good playing.
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