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Exercise sticky

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Pacman, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    A member has suggested a thread posting your favorite technique excercises. So here it is with the first post from Deacon Blues:

  2. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    Thanks Pacman. I hope this thread will be useful for anyone that needs to improve their technique.

    Concerning the left (or fretting) hand technique, I've suggested the spider exercise a number of times. It's good for practicing the one finger per fret technique and the overall left hand coordination, as you use all fingers in the exercise.

    The spider:
    G: -----7-----8-----5-----6--  (Repeat x times)
    D: --5-----6-----7-----8----- 
    A: -------------------------- 
    E: -------------------------- 
         I  R  M  P  R  I  P  M
    Focus on learning the first line properly (on the D and G strings, only one tabbed out fully) before trying the other two incorporating string skipping, as they're harder and require a longer stretch.

    Here's a variation of the spider that I've come up with as a complement. In this, all intervals you play are different:

    Altered spider:
    G: ------8-----7-----5-----6--- (repeat)
    D: ---5-----6-----8-----7------
    A: ----------------------------
    E: ----------------------------
          I  P  M  R  P  I  R  M

    You get the rest of that I think... :)

    Then I have a good warm-up exercise too:

     I M R P I M R P P R M I P R M I I M R P etc.
    (Left hand fingering: I=Index, M=Middle, R=Ring, P=Pinky)
    Feel free to post more exercises in this thread. I wouldn't mind learning some new ones either. ;)

    Warning: Be careful and listen to your body when practicing the spider exercise. Don't stretch too much if you feel you can't do it, as it may be hazardous. Develop the flexibility slowly. You don't learn to do a split in one day either, right?
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  3. Gyoon


    Nov 12, 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    This exercise is called "4-3-2-1". Just a handy little warmup for your picking hand:

    Keep strict alternation, wether you're using your two fingers on your right nand or using a pick. Start with a downstroke on the low E and pick it 4 times. Then switch to the A string, then D, then G. Go from G back to E.

    That would be:

    E: dudu A: dudu D: dudu G: dudu
    G: dudu D: dudu A: dudu E: dudu

    Then do three picks for each string:

    E: dud A: udu D: dud G: udu
    G: dud D: udu A: dud E: udu

    Notice for this one that you are constantly attacking the next string with the opposite direction as the previous string?

    Then do two, then do just one. Do the whole thing over again starting on the up stroke.

  4. This is the most helpfull exercise I've seen as far as developing stretch , agility and dexterity .

    Playing Melodic Metal
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  5. what i sometimes do as a warm up is:

    play the pattern (fretting hand) 1-2-3-4 / 1-2-4-3 / 1-3-2-4 / 1-3-4-2/ 1-4-2-3 / 1-4-3-2 on every string
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  6. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
  7. There is a minor 3rd exercise I like to do in warm-ups:



    Work on these up and down using your index finger and pinky... OUCH!
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  8. shanmag


    Jul 27, 2005
    wow this advice is excellent and i'll defentely use many of these exercises in my practice routine!

    thanks everybody
  9. PSPookie

    PSPookie Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2006
    Lubbock, TX
  10. Heres one i play around with to practice fretting notes properly and quickly.

    Just rake the strings down from the g, and increase speed as you repeat it.
    Do not just hold down those frets, you have to move, like; index, ring, index, ring.
    Just like sweep picking on guitar.

    Mess around with different combinations,
  11. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    I found this post in the General Instruction forum. It would be great if everyone could post the exercises you write down here too, so they're easy to find and link to whenever needed.
  12. Play Ornithology by Bird once through, that'll get all you fingers workin, position changes, and swingin it up, i always play this once a day at least
  13. sir juice

    sir juice

    Sep 11, 2006
    London, England
    This is what I've done to initially to develop exact timing is to work with syncopated parts.

    Put them into a MIDI notation programm such as Sibelius or Guitarpro. The part is irrelivent, to start with, use something slightly Syncopated, for instance: Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock. Slow down the part to about 30 or 40 BPM. Don't use a metronome, but loop the part. And try and play along exactly. Don't speed up until you can consistantly get it exactly on.

    Then once you've got this up to a reasonable speed COMPLETELY EXACTLY on time. Then work with a harder part. Serious syncopation, 62nd note divisions, not busy sounding, a lot of space is needed to make this work. But very exact time.

    It's suprising how much faster you get from this, as you can play fast things spot on.
  14. enigma007


    Nov 27, 2007
    Thanks for posting this, I had found something similiar to this but not quite as straightforward as what you've posted.

    Enigma Valdez

  15. 69nites


    Jul 11, 2006
    well my contribution to this thread will be that I don't continue with an exercise after it becomes easy. After they are no longer difficult they have lost their value to me.

    I like to take different fingering patterns that I'm having difficulty with and play around with them playing the descending, ascending, invert them, ect. It really opens your fingers up to some awkward playing and opens your mind up to some different sounds as opposed to doing the same old exercise you've been doing since week one of playing.

    It's always nice to revisit what you haven't done in a long time tho to verify you still can.
  16. ateyercheese


    Jul 27, 2007
    One of my favs is
    E1234 A1234 D1234 G1234
    G1234 D1234 A1234 E1234,
    E2341 A2341 D2341 G2341, etc,
    then on to 3412 up and down the strings followed by 4123, 1432, 2143, 3214, 4321, 1423, 2314, 4132, 3241. Starting slow, speeding up and add some expression!

    Can be in any position.
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  17. From my Technical Death Metal thread.

    "Alright, just finished going through a bunch of exercises, and this is pretty much what I did.

    Major scale+all modes through two octaves and to a metronome. Double up each note if your working for speed. Don't double if your just working for finger gymnastics. Go through in 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, 7ths, and octaves.

    Here are the other scales that I do with those exercises: Whole-tone Diminished, Harmonic Minor, Hungarian Minor, Pentatonics, Blues scales

    Do chromatic runs up and down fretboard, starting at different points, be sure to do a few past the 12th fret as well, learn to use your top note too.

    Do triads/arpeggios to metronome. Majors, Minors, Sus's, Dims, Augs, all of them that you can create, be sure to establish a relationship between the intervals of each arpeggio, and your ear, so you'll notice these patterns in music.

    Put a metronome to 16th notes, use all four fingers on your picking hand, and try to match every note, if four fingers really does not work for you, three will most likely work.

    Slapping: Practice 16th note patterns thumbing, just like what you would be doing with your 4 (3) fingers. Do the same with plucking, and then do it alternating, slap pluck slap pluck. Do some of the scale exercises with thumbing/plucking.

    Tapping: Do the scale exercises below the 12th fret with your left hand just hammering on. Then do them above the 12th fret with your right hand. Pick up some piano sheet music and play it.

    Some very nice songs to check out in case you need a good workout as well.

    Sacrifice Unto Sebek- Nile
    Frantic Disembowelment- Cannibal Corpse
    Reduced to Slavery- Dying Fetus
    Eagle Nature- Cynic
    Only Ash Remains- Necrophagist
    Execration Text- Nile
    Master of Puppets- Metallica
    Aces High- Iron Maiden

  18. The Dennis Sandole Guitar method works incredibly well for exercises (yes, on bass). A lot of it is the varied fingerings on each string (1423, 1324, etc.), which when played up and down the neck, can be quite daunting. I am not sure whether it is still in print - my copy is from the 70s.

    It REALLY helps when it comes to sight reading, stamina, and learning the fingerboard (for me it did!)
  19. Bass45


    Dec 7, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    This technique is also good for developing strength and stamina. I just learned this a few days ago and while I found it easy to do, my left forearm became quickly tired. It must use different muscles. I've decided to do this on a regular basis to build stamina.
  20. knuf


    Dec 15, 2007
    A triller exercise for your left hand (or right hand for leftys ;-) )
    strength (very good for 6-or-more-String players!):

    Start on your highest string (g or c) and do trillers in these different combinations for about 1 minute (each combination!):

    1. Index, middle
    2. index, ring
    3. index, pinky
    4. middle, ring
    5. middle, pinky
    6. ring, pinky

    a little "add-on" to this exercise is doing these trillers with 3 fingers:
    ie you use index, middle and pinky, it'd be this order:
    8p5 6p5 6p5 8p5 and so on.. (as a tab)

    Hope you know what i mean :D
    I like this exercise, you'll notice, if you do this one every day, that you hand's strength gets better and better!

    knuf :p
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