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Point Of View BEGINNER EXERCISES:



Fig.1. Refer back to these Beginners exercises to help build coordination and strength.


They can be found in the TOOLBOX under EXTRAS in the Main Menu.

Note: These exercises are for Beginners however some are good for all levels to warm-up with.

Link to Coordination Exercises



Instructions:


-To excel with your guitar playing, coordination and muscle tone must be developed.  Here is a series of exercises which will help you develop strength & coordination.  They start out easy and get progressively more challenging.

-Your hands and fingertips will be sore at first but this will subside as you build strength.

-You may develop Calluses on your finger tips. These are to be expected and will help you to play.

-Work through the following exercises to develop your coordination, strength and timing.

-These exercises begin with the high E string then advance through all 6 strings.

-If the string buzzes then press closer behind the fret or press harder.

-If it sounds muted (string does not ring out) then do not press so close to the fret.

-Practise until the strings ring cleanly and you feel comfortable playing.

-Play slowly at first then increase your speed.

-Use Down picking the first time through then go back and try alternate picking.

-You will play smoother when using Alternate Picking while playing fast.

– These are basic Exercises but I have also included some melodies for you to play.

Links to the Video Exercises (Tune Up first):


Video 1 – Exercise $1 – Familiarize yourself with the high E string (the thin one).

– It is a progression playing E-F-G using the open string, index finger and ring finger.

– It is Ascending (moving up the fretboard and up in pitch).

– Play it slowly until it feels comfortable then try increasing the tempo (speed).

Video 2 – Exercise #2 – Ascend and descending the high-E string using the open string, index finger and ring finger.

Video 3 – Exercise #3 – Ascend the top two strings (B & high E) using the open string, index and ring fingers.

Video 4 – Exercise #4 – Ascend and Descend the B & high E strings using the open strings, index and ring fingers.

Video 5 – Exercise #5 – Walk 2 fingers on the B & high E strings.

Video 6 – Exercise #6 – Ascend the High E String / 4 fingers. Develop dexterity in all fingers of the Left hand.

Video 7 – Exercise #7 – Descend the High E String / 4 fingers.

 

Video 8 – Yankee Doodle Exercise (play Slowly).

Video 9 – Yankee Doodle Exercise (play Medium speed).

Video 10 – Challenge yourself. Yankee Doodle Exercise played Quickly.  Note: Intermediate level playing.

Video 11 – Yankee Doodle played Quickly use alternate picking. Note how alternate picking sounds smoother when playing quickly.

Video 12 – Exercise #8 – Ascend then Descend the High E String using 4 fingers.

Video 13 – Exercise #9 – Ascend then Descend the High E String (Medium Speed).

Video 14 – Exercise #10 – Ascend then Descend the High E String (Quickly).

Video 15 – Exercise #11 – Ascend the Open Strings (Down picking).

Video 16 – Exercise #12 – Descend the Open Strings (Up picking).

Video 17 – Exercise #13 – Ascending the Open Strings. Pick Down then Up (Alternate picking).

Video 18 – Exercise #14 – Open strings + Index Finger on 6 Strings.

Video 19 – Exercise #15 – Open strings + Index and Ring Fingers on 6 Strings.

Video 20 – Exercise #16 – Walk Index and Ring fingers Up & Down all strings.

Video 21 – Exercise #17 – Open strings + Index, Middle and Ring. Ascending.

Video 22 – Exercise #18 – Open strings + Index, Middle and Ring. Descending.

Video 23 – Exercise #19 – Ascend then Descend all strings using 4 fingers and Open strings.

Video 24 – Exercise #20 – Ascend then Descend all strings using 4 fingers and Open strings. (medium speed).

Video 25 – Exercise #21 – Ascend then Descend all strings using 4 fingers and Open strings. (fast speed).

Video 26 – Exercise #22 – Ascend then Descend from “A” note of e string leaving fingers down.

Video 27 – Exercise #23 – Ascend then Descend from “A” note of e string leaving fingers down. Fast Tempo.(speed).

 

Video 28 – Boogie – Use your Index and Ring fingers to play this basic Boogie.

Video 29 – Boogie fast – Use your Index and Ring fingers to play the basic Boogie at an increased Tempo.

Video 30Diatonic Scale – Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do Note: Ti (Si).

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