The Art of Practice
Guided Practice Routine for Beginners
Welcome to the Guided Practice Routine for Beginners. Here, you can practice right along with me, and I'll guide you the whole way. This tutorial is divided into 5 stations. For a good well-rounded workout, do the drills that are right for your skill level in each of the 5 stations. Customize your r...
How To Practice
In this set of lessons, Caren Armstrong will delve into the concepts of how to practice. Caren will introduce the tutorial, then get you started on the beginner mindset. Next she'll tune you in to making a beginning with your practice, then how to stay focused. After that we'll talk about how to bui...
Easy Finger Warm-Ups for Beginners
You wouldn't head out for a 10k run without doing some stretches and warm-ups first, would you? Same thing with guitar. Wake up your finger muscles with these simple warm-up drills before you head into a practice or playing session, and you'll cross the finish line in fine style.
Practicing Scales for Beginners
This tutorial series will introduce the beginner guitarist to the concept of systematically practicing scales using a metronome. The C major and minor scales will be used. Four patterns will be used as examples of a systematic practice method: up and down, in 3's, in 4's, and pedal point. Use of...
Building Pinky Strength & Dexterity
General Practice and Warm-Ups
Mastering the Art of Practice
In this tutorial I'll map out a 10 point practice strategy for growing your guitar skills. I'll start by giving you an overview of the entire "map", then the ten point strategy: seeing familiar patterns and repeated elements, planning and economizing finger and hand movement, navigating transitions ...
Spider Legs Warm-Ups: Great Finger Exercises!
This versatile warm-up exercise can easily be adapted for beginner through advanced players. It is also equally useful on acoustic and electric guitars, and relevant for players of any guitar style.
Why is it called Spider Legs? Because when you get this exercise up and running, your fingers ...
7 Great Warm-up Exercises
In this series of lessons, I will show you seven of my favorite warm-up exercices, that I pick and choose from when warming up. The first lessons contain exercises that are beginner friendly, and we increase the level of difficulty with each one until we reach "The Finger Folder".
Chord Change Drills in 6 Must-Know Keys
In this tutorial we'll work together to speed up your chord changes along with a steady beat, in six keys commonly used in guitar music: D, A minor, G, C, E, and A. We'll use a simple strum so that you can focus your attention on your left hand and the important job it has to do, which is to change ...
The All Chords Exercise
In this tutorial I will show you a great chord exercise that I call The All Chords Exercise. The purpose of the exercise is to practice finding all 12 chords of a certain type (major, minor, etc.), without moving around all over the neck. We will start with major chords only, then we’ll add ...
Finger and Picking Technique Exercises
In this tutorial, I will show you a series of methods that are very useful when it comes to building speed. With each method, I included an example of me playing, so you can see how it can be used. At the end of this tutorial, you will find practice tracks that gradually increase in tempo.
Speedy Ideas Series 1: Building Speed
Un-CAGE the Chops: CAGED System Technique Exercise
Basic Hybrid Picking Exercises
This tutorial on basic hybrid picking exercises was inspired by a young man who asked me how to get started hybrid picking. I'll show you a variety of exercises that you can do to develop your hybrid picking. In the first five lessons I'll show you some basic exercises using the A, G, E, C, and D ch...
Hybrid Picking Exercises: One Finger
This tutorial of hybrid picking exercises was inspired by pickers I've met while performing, and they wanted to know how to get started hybrid picking. These five easy exercises are all root/5 picking patterns, with alternating bass notes. First I'll show you exercises using E, and then A barre chor...
In this tutorial, we're going to go through six different exercises that will help improve your blues playing. First we'll do a basic pentatonic workout using alternate picking; then we'll do a hammer-on and pull-off workout. Next we'll work in grops of four, then do a triplet workout. Finally, we'l...
Sequences and Practice Techniques
The use of sequences are a great way to better your technique and heighten your skill as a blues soloist. In this tutorial, we are going to show you a variety of different ways to approach the scales already used in blues to aid you in having better chops and technique. Make sure to develop these ...
Pentatonic Major Scale Exercise: All 5 Shapes
Pentatonic Minor Scale Exercise: All 5 Shapes
Metal Rhythm Workout
A solid rhythm guitar is key to any song, and this tutorial will give you 9 very good exercises to develop your metal rhythm playing. We will play four 8th note rhythms, and then move up in difficulty as we switch to 16th note rhythms at the same tempo. Your picking hand will have to work hard here!
Metal Rhythm Workout II
Metal Rhythm Workout III
Single String Exercises
This tutorial will teach you how to play six simple single string exercises that will help you learn the names of the notes in the first position. It will also give you practice learning to sight read notes and rhythmic notation. Finally, it will help you get used to playing with your fingertips a...
Basic Chord Exercises
This tutorial will teach you how to play basic open chords in a classical guitar style. Chords covered include: A major, A minor, A7, B7, C, C7, D major, D minor, E major, E minor, E7, F, G7. In each exercise two chords are paired for a tonic to dominant (I to V7) musical pattern. Classical guita...
Basic Two Voice Exercises
This tutorial will teach you how to play several basic two voice exercises. In each exercise, one voice will be scale played up then down; the other voice will be a repeated pedal note. Playing two voice in two different registers (bass & treble) is an important aspect of classical guitar style. ...