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Fingerstyle warm-ups and speed drills


(@sigmadm5)
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Anybody have any warm-up exercises for fingerstyle? Also what would be some good drills to start building speed/accuracy? Thanx


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(@joehempel)
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You could play arpeggios up and down chords using each finger as far as a warmup goes.

But I don't play fingerstyle like most people do.

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(@eyeplayguitar)
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Just play Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love" over and over and over and over...

My guitar teacher could actually do it flawlessly. He was the man.

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 Nuno
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I didn't play that song just for warming up... Playing arpeggios is an usual warming up exercise. I also play scales and also this kind of chromatic exercises. They must be "easy", you are warming up.


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(@urbancowgirl)
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That's great, Nuno.

*Prints*

Thanks.

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(@scrybe)
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+1 on Nuno's chromatic exercises. You can also do them starting at the 12th fret, and playing a four-note descending chromatic run, using PIMA, then go down one fret to the 11th and repeat from there. Keep going until you reach the 4th fret.

Another one is to play diminshed chords. Starting on the 6th string at fret 9, play 6th string 9th fret, 5th string 10th fret, 4th string 11th fret, and then 4th string 12th fret. Again, use PIMA fingering, and keep repeating this sequence, descending by one fret each time until you reach the 1st fret. Sorry I don't have pretty pics for this.

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(@sigmadm5)
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Thanks everyone - these should keep me busy and warmed up.


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(@bloos66)
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I use a book called 'Guitar Aerobics', tons of great exercises. Or you could search for Steve Vai's Guitar Workout books/exercises. If you go to YouTube, search for 'Finger Gym', 'The Spider', 'Ultimate Stretching Exercises', etc - lots of stuff out there...


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 Nuno
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By the way... I remember I replied a similar question some time ago...

I spoke about the "Tárrega's chromatic exercise". I think it was the favorite of my teacher and I, finally, was very fond of it. Here it is:

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||--1-0-1---2-1-2---3-2-3---4-3-4---5-4-5--------------------------------------
I I M I M A M A P A P P A P


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(@joehempel)
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I tried that exercise out Nuno, I really like it! get's my pinky in there too. :D

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