Warming Up: Killing Two Birds With One Stone Exercise

author: Poh Jindawech date: 04/04/2013 category: guitar techniques
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Warming Up: Killing Two Birds With One Stone Exercise
There are a ton of warm up exercises out there, each exercise designed for their specific usages and objectives. In this lesson, I will show you a simple way to use some basic warm up exercises to combine them together to create a new whole exercise. This will super charge your warming up combining all of the advantages from each of exercises as well as developing other aspects of your playing skill simultaneously. Example 1 is the traditional exercise of warming up by taking the chromatic scale and playing it four notes per string with linear fingering in chronological order back and forth. This exercise is good for getting your fingers in shape especially playing on the lower frets of the guitar neck which require greater strength on your left hand than playing on the higher frets. In addition, this exercise will help your ears to be familiar with the sound of the chromatic scale as well. Ex.1
Example 2 is one great finger exercise from Steve Vai. The concept of this exercise is very similar to the first example by playing four notes per string pattern with the chromatic scale, but this time play it in a non chronological order. This is great for practicing independent fingering and two hand synchronization at the same time. Ex.2
Example 3 is a great speed and accuracy exercise from John Petrucci. This will not only help you to develop speed and accuracy, but also the articulation of your picking. Ex.3
Example 4 this takes the three previous examples and combines them together to create another exercise which will integrate all of the advantages into one new warm up exercise. Notice that the first three measures are taken from Ex.1 and measures 4-6 are taken from Ex.2 but the starting point has now moved to the third fret of the 6th string. Measures 7-10 are taken from the Ex.3, and in measures 11-19 are the extensions of the Ex.3. This exercise will not only help your fingers warm up, but will also help you to develop your ears, fingerings, picking technique, speed, accuracy and your two hand synchronization at the same time. Ex.4
*Note: fingerings are written above music notations This is just one of several ways that you can use to warm up your fingers while practicing other aspects of your guitar playing. I encourage you to use your existing warm up exercises and combine these. The key is to adapt and tailor your exercises for your own personal development. This method saves a lot of time and provides you with the ability to practice multiple exercises in one. Just like killing two birds with one stone. Check out the video below to see and hear them in action! Keep On Rocking those six strings!
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