Yet Another Speed and Finger Strength Exercises

Small and simple exercises to help the growth of fast and accurate playing.

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Alright, well obviously by the title you can guess what this is about. Mainly I'm gonna share with you guys a little chromatic thing I watched on a video awhile back. It's made my playing way faster and a lot more accurate.

This is just a simple little warm up things you can do (many finger exercises are just warm ups). Anyways here is what you do. Also the best and most affective way to get this to help a lot is keep all your fingers on a sinlge fret when doing this. Just as a sidenote do this at a tempo that you feel comfortable doing so you can hear every note nice and clearly.

Figure 1

e|-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|
b|---------------------------------1-2-3-4---------|
g|-------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------|
d|-----------------1-2-3-4-------------------------|
a|---------1-2-3-4---------------------------------|
e|-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------|
Once you get to the top you mainly reverse and decend.

Figure 2

e|-4-3-2-1-----------------------------------------|
b|---------4-3-2-1---------------------------------|
g|-----------------4-3-2-1-------------------------|
d|-------------------------4-3-2-1-----------------|
a|---------------------------------4-3-2-1---------|
e|-----------------------------------------4-3-2-1-|

Also try alternate picking on each note or even switch up the picking. After you do this and you start getting the hang of it then you can switch it up and say you do figure 1 then move up a fret and do figure 2. Then you just keep moving up and you'll get used to every fret and moving up and down the fret bored. Ok here's something a little more complicated but this help when you start noticing that you can do figure 1&2 at any speed.

Figure 3

e|---------------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|
b|-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------|
g|-------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------1-2-3-4---------|
d|---------1-2-3-4-----------------1-2-3-4-------------------------|
a|-----------------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------|
e|-1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------------------|
Simple enough right.

Figure 4

e|-4-3-2-1---------------------------------------------------------|
b|-----------------4-3-2-1-----------------------------------------|
g|---------4-3-2-1-----------------4-3-2-1-------------------------|
d|-------------------------4-3-2-1-----------------4-3-2-1---------|
a|-----------------------------------------4-3-2-1-----------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------4-3-2-1-|
The same thing applies here as what I said for figure 1 and 2 once you start getting the hang of it switch it up. Do figure 3 on the first fret as your lowest note and then move it up and make it so when you descend and reverse (i.e. figure 4) it that the second fret is your lowest note.

Alright well this I believe is the last two figures I can do for right now but it deals with reach it's the same level as everything else I've been saying and it's along the same lines.

Figure 5

e|---------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------|
b|-------------------------1-2-3-4-------------------|
g|-------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|
d|----------------------------------1-2-3-4----------|
a|-----------------1-2-3-4---------------------------|
e|-1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------|
This can be extremely hard for some but very simple for others, but it all depends on your finger length and how comfortable you are with the fret board.

Figure 6

e|-4-3-2-1--------------------------------------------|
b|------------------4-3-2-1---------------------------|
g|------------------------------------4-3-2-1---------|
d|--------------------------------------------4-3-2-1-|
a|---------------------------4-3-2-1------------------|
e|----------4-3-2-1-----------------------------------|
Alright that's mainly the exercises and stuff that I got for right now. But with these exercises there are many different ways you can switch it up. The more you switch it up then the more easily you be able to pick stuff up and everything but yeah keep practicing and remember there's always new things to learn. ROCK ON!

27 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Tenacious D'er
    A new slant on the old chromatic warm up. I would have never actually thought of string skipping, strangly. Good work!
    sephirothnick
    you can do the same thing to practice economy picking and sweeps like e-----4-1---- b-----4-1-----3---2--- g----4-1----- 3---2---2-----3-- d---3---2---2-----3-1-----4- a--2-----3- 1-----4----- e-1-----4----- use sweeping to do this then reverse the order of the notes ascending and descending to practice reverse
    umbrella666
    this was pretty good but ive been playing for like 2 years without my pinky. Trying to make my pinky strong makes me feel like im a beginner again haha. Nice with the string skipping oh and doing this on an acoustic helps with getting tough fingertips.
    hanselrocks1
    wow this is a good practice the 1st one i knew but the string skipping is genius for speed and error finding helps me clean my playing up a bit more
    gnarcaster
    thanks... as a beginner/novice i was looking for a good way to increase my speed and finger strength. my fingers are already getting sore so its definitely something i have needed for a while
    dontstopblevin
    very practical uses for this...although it seems to me like this is common knowledge for most i liked the string skipping part though, nice touch
    William Ibanez
    thanks alot. this warm up is the definition of simplicity, and it it just sat there under my nose my whole life and i never thought of it! its really nice. iv wrote some nice riffs with the help of this speed practice. iv done this many times, and it actually sounds cool with some crunch and pulloffs! haha thanks
    Dream Theater12
    I saw a movie made by the guitarist of Dream theater Jon petrucci that showed me this and I have noticed that my control and speed in picking and moving my fingers has greatly increased
    dark__echoes
    This'll help with alternating picking. I have some trouble with that. =P Even though I've only been doing it for 10 minutes, it seem to be working.
    axe_man
    nice ive only over done speed work excercise things in straight ascending and descending order. did =nt realise i was lagging on the string skipping.
    drummz11
    Jim Root did do a chromatic scale similar to the first two exercises, but each string he switched to the next fret up. and he kept going up and ended on the fourteenth fret with his pinky. its pretty cool and very similar to this. then he sweeps it. thanks for the warm up! its nice!
    Parker4129
    this is general knowledge, bt i liked the way u skipped in fig3 & 4. GOOD WORK
    wicked_hobbit
    I do the chromatic runs up and down the fret everyday. But yeah...like the others, i wonder why I never thought about string skipping. Great job!
    jtbull
    nice. I actually thought of something similar but like yours better. It is common for lots, but alot of newer players would not know. thanks mate
    22ndGuN
    I combine this exercise with alternate picking and it's really starting to pay off!