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This is a great warm up exercise that will increase your accuracy, and build up the muscles just behind your figures.

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This is a great warm up exercise that will increase your accuracy, and build up the muscles just behind your figures. Make diagonals across the neck with your fretting hand and strum it like a chord, then move up and down the fret board switching doing this.
 
E|----------------|   
B|-4--1--5--2-----|
G|-3--2--4--3-----|   etc...
D|-2--3--3--4-----|
A|-1--4--2--5-----|
e|----------------|
carry on doing this up the fret board, then do the same on the way back down. Use a metronome with all exercises, and use a clean tone. If at anytime your hands or forearms cramp up or hurt, STOP shake out your hands and arms, then try to relax and start again, if you continue playing with the pain, you will probably develop tendonitis or a similar problem.
|------------------------------------------1-2-3-4--5-4-3-2----------------|
|----------------------------------1-2-3-4------------------5-4-3-2--------|
|--------------------------1-2-3-4----------------------------------5-4-3-2|
|------------------1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------------| etc
|----------1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------------------|
|--1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Play up to the 12th fret then back down use alternate picking (down, up, down, up etc) or hammer ons and pull offs
|-------------------------------1-2-3--4-3-2-------------------------------|
|-------------------------1-2-3--------------4-3-2-etc---------------------|
|-------------------1-2-3--------------------------------------------------|
|-------------1-2-3--------------------------------------------------------|
|-------1-2-3--------------------------------------------------------------|
|-1-2-3--------------------------------------------------------------------|


|----------------------1-3--4-2--------------------------------------------|
|------------------1-3----------4-2----------------------------------------|
|--------------1-3------------------4-2------------------------------------|
|----------1-3---------------------------4-2-------------------------------|
|------1-3-----------------------------------4-2etc------------------------|
|--1-3---------------------------------------------------------------------|
Use your 2nd and 3rd fingers, start up at the fifth fret if this feels uncomfortable.
(Catapillar)
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------1-2-3-4--5-6-7-8etc------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4--5-6-7-8--9-10-11-12---------------------------------------------|
Play on rest of strings, then go back down When the next note lies right below roll your finger, don't lift your finger off the string but always make sure to mute the first note.
Ascending 3rds (key of Gmajor)
1st position:      
|-------------------------------------------------------------2---3--------|
|----------------------------------------------------3---5--3---5----------|
|------------------------------------2----4--2--5--4---5-------------------|    
|---------------------2---4--2--5--4----5----------------------------------|
|--------2---3--2-5-3---5--------------------------------------------------|
|-2-5--3---5---------------------------------------------------------------|
then descend (use in every key)

2nd position:
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------5--|
|--------------------------------------------------------5---7--5--8--7----|
|-----------------------------------------4---5--4--7--5---7---------------|
|-----------------------4-----5--4--7--5----7------------------------------|
|----------5-----7---5-----7-----------------------------------------------|
|-5--8--7-----8------------------------------------------------------------|


|-----7--5--8--|
|--8-----------|
|--------------|then descend
|--------------|
|--------------|
|--------------|

3rd position:
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------7---8--7--10--8-|
|------------------------------------------------7----9--7---9-------------|
|-------------------------------7----9--7--10--9---10----------------------|
|-----------7------8--7--10--8----10---------------------------------------|
|-7--10--8-----10----------------------------------------------------------|


|--7------8--7-10--|
|-----10-----------|
|------------------| then descend
|------------------|
|------------------|
|------------------|

4th position:
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------10------12|
|-------------------------------------------9------11--9--12--11-----12----|
|-----------------------9----10--9--12--10-----12--------------------------|
|----9----10--9--12--10---12-----------------------------------------------|
|-10---12------------------------------------------------------------------|


|-------------10----12---|
|--10--13--12----13------|
|------------------------| then descend
|------------------------|
|------------------------|
|------------------------|

5th position:
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------11------12--11--14--12--|
|----------------------------------12------14--12------14------------------|
|------------12----14--12--15--14------15----------------------------------|
|-12--15--14----15---------------------------------------------------------|


|--------------------------12-----14--12--15---|
|--12------13--12--15--13------15--------------|
|------14--------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|
Gmajor scale ascending in fours (pattern. ) This is a good way to connect scales, you can incorporate slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs.
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------2--------2--4-----2--4--5---|
|----------2--------2--3-----2--3--5--2--3--5-----3--5--------5------------|
|-2--3--5-----3--5--------5------------------------------------------------|


|----------------------------------------------------------------------2----|
|----------------------------------------------3--------3--5-----3--5-------|
|-----------2--------2--4----2--4--5--2--4--5-----4--5--------5-------------|
|---2--4--5----4--5--------5------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


|--------2--3-----2--3--5---|
|--3--5--------5------------|
|---------------------------| then descend
|---------------------------| do this for all 5 positions
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|

Gmajor scale in 4ths (intervals)

|--------------------------------------------------------------------2-----|
|--------------------------------------------------------3-----5-------3---|
|---------------------------------------2----4-----5--2-----4-----5--------|
|----------------------2-----4----5--2----4-----5--------------------------|
|----2-----3-----5--2-----3-----5------------------------------------------|
|-2-----3-----5------------------------------------------------------------|


|--2----5---|
|----3------|
|-----------|then descend
|-----------| do this for all 5 positions
|-----------|
|-----------|
Here's a cool little (interval) 4th pattern, sounds good when you play it fast. The first two notes (4th interval) go forward, the next two go backward.
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------2--4-----------------------------|
|-------------------2--------4--5-----2--------4--etc---------------------|
|----2--3--------5-----2--3--------5--------------------------------------|
|-2--------3--5-----------------------------------------------------------|

here's a strange little lick that I came up with

|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-/5-3-4------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------5--4--------2-----------------------------------------------|
|----------5--------4--2-----5--------4--2--------------------------------|
|-------------------------------5--3--------2~----------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Arpeggios Major. Keep playing this up to the 12th fret then descend down. Try using sweep picking as well as alternate picking, it's good for your right hand dexterity.
|-------------2--3--------------------------------------------------------|
|----------3--------4-----------------------------------------------------|
|-------2--------------3--------------------------------------------------|
|----4--------------------5-----------------------------------------------|
|-5--------------------------6etc-----------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                         or
|--------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|-----------2--------------------3etc--|---------2--3---------------------|
|--------3-----3--------------4--------|------3--------4------------------|
|--1--5-----------5--1--2--6-----------|1--5--------------6--2------------|


                                       or
|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
|------------4--------------------5--|----------4--5----------------------|
|-----1---4-----4--1--------2--5-----|----1--4--------5--2----------------|
|--2------------------2--3-----------|-2--------------------3-------------|
|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
That's it for now, I'll try to dig up some more warmup stuff. If you have any questions or comments, letostak@netcom.com Don't try to do all of this in one practice session. This stuff is only to warm up your hands, so you don't do any damage to the tendons, about 3-5 minutes of this should do the trick.

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    aboy brushedred
    warming up is a good way to rehearse some easier fingerings to prepare you for harder solos. If you don't need a good warm-up to play a good solo sing, then i'm guessing you're playing some easy 4 measure pop-band solo comprised of less than 2 scales... Good lesson, immature comments.
    berteth
    very good lesson...im not sure if it was plagarized...but i could really care less...im sure steve vai wasnt the first person ever to think of these warm ups...theres probly someone else...anyways....im a bass player and i thought these exercises were very helpful....although i could not play all the notes(at least not on 6 strings) but it was very helpful....my fingers can do anything now...thanks a bunch
    all hail the d
    Excellent lesson. If you warm up your fingers before playing you will find hard solos ect. a lot easier but just playing through a short tune can do the same thing pretty effectively.
    sing4am
    I don't think warmups are necessary if your gonna play your ass off when you play. Like, who the hell would work on 'finger stretches' when just playing is a much better exercise and it gives you practice. I say this is a waste of time unless you have some serious medical problem with your fingers, and if you do then I don't think the guitar was meant for you. So no one should find this usefull. Everyone is now dumber for having read this article. At no point in this entire article did you come close to anything that would be 'exercise'. God F ing noobs.
    liam177lewis
    who gives a **** where it comes from? calm down loser... looks like a cool lesson, ill check it out sometime, when im not in college...
    George898
    Gee thnx, tht really helped my fingers to go faster on a cold day! lol thnx
    fingersofflame
    thriceisnice wrote: thats funny how u say u came up with these.....if you did then your name is Steve Vai....because this is part of his 10-hour guitar workout. plagarist.
    actually, it is ripped off of another lesson on this site at: http://ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/the_b... ns.html so that is a bunch of bullshit
    Robert Judkins
    I mean, these are good exercises, but their almost exactly the same as Steve Vai's 10 hour work out, and therefore it's pointless.
    Youth Gone Wild
    sing4am wrote: I don't think warmups are necessary if your gonna play your ass off when you play. Like, who the hell would work on 'finger stretches' when just playing is a much better exercise and it gives you practice. I say this is a waste of time unless you have some serious medical problem with your fingers, and if you do then I don't think the guitar was meant for you. So no one should find this usefull. Everyone is now dumber for having read this article. At no point in this entire article did you come close to anything that would be 'exercise'. God F ing noobs.
    Dude you are a dumb ass. Exercises build speed so that the "noobs" who practice will play better and faster than you and you can only blame you ingnorance
    AirForceMetalhe
    Nice lesson. So I've been playing guitar for like 10 years and am just now deciding to really "practice" instead of learn songs. What's a good length of time to warm-up? Do you do all of these exercises? And what's a good tempo to warm up at? Should I try to play them fast, or slow and easy to warm up? Thanks.
    socramer
    Dude these are great I know because John Petrucci has a lot of these examples in his book; not exactly like it but jus in different keys. Good Job
    Colton165
    This is a rip-off of Steve Vai's 10-hour guitar workout, but it's good you posted it
    Pingis_Or_Death
    fingersofflame wrote: thriceisnice wrote: thats funny how u say u came up with these.....if you did then your name is Steve Vai....because this is part of his 10-hour guitar workout. plagarist. actually, it is ripped off of another lesson on this site at: http://ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/the_b... and_positio ns.html so that is a bunch of bullshit
    Haha this man is correct! The person who posted this just ripped off the UG Teams lesson, it's EXACTLY the same...However this is a good lesson, but don't steal other people's work, plikk!
    liam177lewis
    who gives a **** where it comes from? calm down loser... looks like a cool lesson, ill check it out sometime, when im not in college...
    tomatsea
    it's okay, but i like a small tune in a warm up, so i won' t bore the rest of the band in a warm up.....
    thriceisnice
    thats funny how u say u came up with these.....if you did then your name is Steve Vai....because this is part of his 10-hour guitar workout. plagarist.
    farcry
    nice comment you loser. Good warmups, I like the ones near the end.