September 26

Simple Guitar Exercises That Will Double Your Playing Enjoyment – Exercise #2

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This exercise is second of a series of guitar exercises that I give my students to practice.  Unlike the Exercise (Speed Developer) #1 which uses only three fingers, this one uses the small finger and begins on the 5th fret. If you're just starting out I recommend starting with the first exercise. Usually within a few weeks it's fine to either add or substitute this exercise.


Why Exercises for the Fingers?

The main purpose of all these guitar exercises is to train the fingers to go quickly and easily to the correct place. Over time it enables the student to play faster and more easily with less effort. It's best to practice some form of guitar exercise daily. It can often be used as a warm-up.

I also use these type of guitar exercises like this one along with a metronome to help students develop their speed. I'd recommend starting with a slow enough speed so you can play the exercise accurately and without too much tension. Then pick up the tempo little by little. I consider it an valuable use of practice time.

Pay Attention to Details

If you practice guitar exercises like this on a daily basis you’ll see incredible improvement in your guitar playing…

When you're first learning these finger exercises go slow.

  • Pay attention to details.
  • Place your finger close to the fret but not on top of it.
  • Make a nice relaxed arc with your fingers.
  • If you began to feel a significant amount of tension stop, relax and start again.
  • Practice with a metronome methodically to develop speed and rhythm.

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    Tomas Michaud

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