Imroving Your Reach

I have noticed a lot of guitar players in my guitar class have a lot of problems with reaching larger spans on their guitar. So I have come up with some exercises that have helped them improve, so I thought I would post it and hope it helps some of you.

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Before you begin try this: Stretch your fingers with your picking hand, focusing the most on stretching your index and pinky apart, if it hurts you are applying too much pressure. After a decent hand stretching warm up try these exercises. Try this in Triplets and gradually increase in tempo. Ex. 1: Use your Index and Middle Fingers only.
e|-------------------------------0-1-2-|
B|-------------------------0-1-2-------|
G|-------------------0-1-2-------------|
D|-------------0-1-2-------------------|
A|-------0-1-2-------------------------|
E|-0-1-2-------------------------------|
Than replay Ex. 1, and add this afterward, and adding the following exercises in order, and continue increasing in tempo. Ex. 2: Use your index and ring finger, and if you need more of a challenge try your index and middle, or your middle and pinky.
e|-------------------------------0-1-3-|
B|-------------------------0-1-3-------|
G|-------------------0-1-3-------------|
D|-------------0-1-3-------------------|
A|-------0-1-3-------------------------|
E|-0-1-3-------------------------------|
Ex. 3: Use your index and pinky or your index and ring.
e|-------------------------------0-1-4-|
B|-------------------------0-1-4-------|
G|-------------------0-1-4-------------|
D|-------------0-1-4-------------------|
A|-------0-1-4-------------------------|
E|-0-1-4-------------------------------|
Ex. 4: Use your index and pinky.
e|-------------------------------0-1-5-|
B|-------------------------0-1-5-------|
G|-------------------0-1-5-------------|
D|-------------0-1-5-------------------|
A|-------0-1-5-------------------------|
E|-0-1-5-------------------------------|
Now this is more of a challenge, don't worry if you have trouble with this. It can be a real challenge to bar and stretch, but with practice this exercise will increase your span a ton. Ex. 5: Bar the third fret with your index and do not remove your index finger from the fretboard.
e|-------------------------------3-7-3-|
B|-------------------------3-7-3-------|
G|-------------------3-7-3-------------|
D|-------------3-7-3-------------------|
A|-------3-7-3-------------------------|
E|-3-7-3-------------------------------|
    <-----<-----<-----<-----<-----<----|Bar the 3rd fret.
I hope this helps, I practice it frequenly and it seems to be a great warm up. Drop me a line, best of luck!

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    Darknezz-xD
    cfh0636 wrote: i've been working on 016 with my index and ring
    Thats a Killer 4 Begginers u know!
    guitar-guy01
    very nice...the last one helps with anyone havin difficulty in the bridge of john mayer's "waiting on the world to change"
    sk8punk49
    wow trying to bar 3rd fret and reaching to 7 first time killed. good practice
    420ismybday
    this is pretty kewl...but you should just use scale to practice reaching...way more easier.