Warm Ups

A list of good warm-ups that will both strengthern your fingers and get you going!

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Ok, so you're brilliant at guitar and you're wondering "what warm ups should I be doing to help me get even better (if thats possible)" Well, that's what I'm going to try to help you with. Below I've made up a list of warm ups. Pick a few of them and practise them to death. They'll strengthern your fingers and make you a better guitarist. Please note that you can use any tuning for these warm ups, because the sound doesn't matter.
Warm Up 1 - This is actually a riff from "Master Of Puppets" by Metallica:
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|-----2-----3-----4-----3-----2-2-----3-----4-----|
|-0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1-----0-1---0-1-------|
Just repeat this over and over again until you can play it really well. This isn't the whole riff, and if you want the whole riff, get the tab for the song.
Warm Up 2
|-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|
|---------------------------------1-2-3-4---------|
|-------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------|
|-----------------1-2-3-4-------------------------|
|---------1-2-3-4---------------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------|
I use this one a lot to warm up, and found it really useful at first, when I had just started.
Warm Up 3
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|-------------------------------------17-18-19-20-|
|-------------------------17-18-19-20-------------|
|-------------17-18-19-20-------------------------|
|-17-18-19-20-------------------------------------|
Ok, so this is pretty much the same as warm up 2, but doing this is harder on the lower strings at higher frets! You can do this on strings 1 and 2 as well if you want, but I don't because it's too easy on these strings.
Warm Up 4
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|-1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3-|
|-1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3-|
|-1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3p1h5p1h3-|
This may look hard to start with, but it will help you greatly with hammer ons and pull offs and fourth note powerchords. Use your 1st finger for the 1s and your 2nd for the 3s, and finally your pinky finger for the 5s. Remember: don't cheat and use different fingers, or you'll never get anywhere!
Warm Up 5
|-----------------------------------------5-3-2-9-|
|-----------------------------------------3-1-0-7-|
|-------------------------------0/12-12\0---------|
|---------------------0/12-12\0-------------------|
|-----------0/12-12\0-----------------------------|
|-0/12-12\0---------------------------------------|
Here you can practise some slides and powerchords at the end. Feel free to change any notes at the start or ends of the slides, or use different powerchords. It's actually better if you try out different things. Not only does this encourange improvisation, but will be more beneficial to you. There you go, 5 useful warm ups. I hope to post another article soon with more. I hope you find these useful. -George Frost for Ultimate Guitar (george@ezaypage.fslife.co.uk)

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    Disturbinator
    to answer the question about sliding 0/12 ... its where u play the open string, and then do a smooth action with ur finger coming down onto the fretboard starting somewhere near the nut and then slide all the way up the neck to wherver you want... in this case, 12 fret. the point is to get a smooth motion, the notes in the middle dont matter at all... its just the starting not(open string) and ending note(12)... practice a little and ull be doing it in ur sleep..
    sTx
    Warmnup No.2 is best for beginners who want to get good at alternate picking.
    E_xiLe
    hehe, i play the pre-chorus riff in seek and destroy or just some up and down the neck..REALLY fast man
    Shreddist
    Good stuff... very helpful. I usually jam some At The Gates riffs to warm up... always a healthy work out.
    sTx
    Um. Can I copy some of your stuff. I'm writing a lesson myself on warm-ups?
    Rossticles
    these are good warm ups but i have to say metalica suck but hey try this one out |-----10-12-10-----| |-----10-13-----13-10---- -| |---- -9-12-----12-9-----| |-----10-12-----12-10| |-----10-12---- -| |-10-12-----| |-----| |-----| |-----| Just go all the way down then all the w |-----| Way back up |-12-10-----| |-----12-10-|
    s11pkn07
    thnx for the warm-up ideas. i never did any warm-ups cause i didnt know what to do.
    Qaphela
    CrAzYmOfO2424 wrote: i dont warm up. im always ready to shred thre fretboard to peices.
    good for you.
    i_love_H.I.M
    I play Black Sabbath's Iron Man, & N.I.B, & S.O.A.D's B.Y.O.B as some of my warm-ups.
    lucretia_45
    CrAzYmOfO2424 wrote: i dont warm up. im always ready to shred thre fretboard to peices.
    your not gunna be able to play wen your older your wrists and fingers will e killing you, you better start warming up or else your gunna start goin backwards in your playing
    wimm83
    master of puppets riff is pretty good for practice. also great lesson
    alex-aka-tezza
    [b]Guitar-God-Elf[ /b] wrote: A1D3N-T4B wrote: ok a question, i am havnt been playing long so. bare with me here. how do you slide from a 0. i.e 0/12 ? how is that possible hey i was wondering that to man!i quoted rong on the last one bare with me
    someone like spanner do lessons for us that tell us how to do EVERYTHING!!coz all this stuff is just confusing when ur a beginner
    alex-aka-tezza
    [b]Guitar-God-Elf[ /b] wrote: A1D3N-T4B wrote: ok a question, i am havnt been playing long so. bare with me here. how do you slide from a 0. i.e 0/12 ? how is that possible hey i was wondering that to man!i quoted rong on the last one bare with me
    someone like spanner do lessons for us beginners
    ZeroAvix
    Warm-up 1 is pretty useful. Since I started (2 months ago-ish) I always do warm-up 2, forwards and backwards and skipping strings. Great to practice alternate picking too.
    liambourne
    CrAzYmOfO2424 wrote: i dont warm up. im always ready to shred thre fretboard to peices.
    You're Heroic!!
    TheSoother
    using the intro and trill part from The Trooper is good for building speed in left and right hands. also the chorus to Symphony of Destruction is great warm-up for your picking hand.
    ACCADACCAMACCA
    Warmup 2 is a lot similar to Chromatic Scale Good Warmups though, I don't normally warm-up (Bad habit, I always just want to start playing) but I'll start now =]
    6sic6_blank
    I usually do the second method, but ascend by moving a fret up over each string. So I end up from the first fret of the E string, to the eleventh fret of the same string. Then I play through the Blues Penatonic scale. Did I spelt Penatonic right?
    FrettnFretMan
    Beginer stuff but still fun to refresh the basics. Metallica is always good for speed.My advice...practice hard, Play even Harder!!!!
    ~ac-dc~
    The master of puppets warm up is a good technique ive mastered it at about 210 Tempo
    VanHerren
    playing warm-up 2 from the top down is good, but also playing from the bottom up as part of the same sequence is more benificial becaus u get double the work.
    September01
    heres what i like to do to warm-uponly use E, A, and D) D----454--- A--47---74- E-5-----5 Repeat then drop a string
    September01
    heres what i like to do to warm-uponly use E, A, and D) D----454-- A--47---74 E-5-----Repeat then drop a string
    sum_ugly_man
    PhatassMcCheeks wrote: warm ups are gay just play, that's better than warming up
    dude warm ups are not gay...cus if you are rusty...its not fun to play man...
    samick/fender
    CrAzYmOfO2424 wrote: i dont warm up. im always ready to shred thre fretboard to peices.
    you should warm up you have like tendonitus and ton of crap when you older >_
    battleaxe
    I think playing scales(only using pull offs and hammer ons )for warmups is gonna help u alot
    Guitar-God-Elf
    A1D3N-T4B wrote: ok a question, i am havnt been playing long so. bare with me here. how do you slide from a 0. i.e 0/12 ? how is that possible
    hey i was wondering that to man!i quoted rong on the last one bare with me
    metOLIca
    i always play master os puppets main riff..for like getting warmed up...then i stred out the solo...really gets your fingers warmed u like a mother..i also sometimes add the open note on the second warm up D|----- ----0-1-2-3-4-| A|----- -----0-1-2-3-4----- | and so on... E|-0-1-2-3-4----- -----| just think it sounds a little cooler...(play it really really fast)