Any good beginner warmup exercises

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a98gsxr

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Joined: 08/19/11

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Would like an exercise that "I" could practice. Spider legs is way to hard for me now because I barely can find my fingering on a fret in progression in under a beat and I have no flexibility. I can't figure out how to keep 4 fingers on the 5th and 6th strings spread out to 1 fret each without it feeling like my wrist is going to break. The others I can reach.

Any help is appreciated,

Chuck

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Would like an exercise that "I" could practice. Spider legs is way to hard for me now because I barely can find my fingering on a fret in progression in under a beat and I have no flexibility. I can't figure out how to keep 4 fingers on the 5th and 6th strings spread out to 1 fret each without it feeling like my wrist is going to break. The others I can reach.

Any help is appreciated,

Chuck

CSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 4431

Hey & welcome to GT, Chuck!
Originally Posted by: a98gsxr
Would like an exercise that "I" could practice. Spider legs is way to hard for me now ...

For now, you could just do the spider legs with three fingers or only on the frets & strings you can reach. And play it a little more slowly. Gradually work on increasing your reach & speed as you improve!

When I warm up I do chords & scales, but very slowly & deliberately. So, for example I'll play some simple chord changes like this tutorial in GF2:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=455

Then, I'll play some simple scale exercises like this tutorial in GF2:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=743

Sometimes I do pentatonic scales like this:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

But, when I first start I play them a whole lot slower, then after 5-10 minutes I'll gradually increase the speed.

Hope that helps! Have fun. Smilie
Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Hey & welcome to GT, Chuck!
Originally Posted by: a98gsxr
Would like an exercise that "I" could practice. Spider legs is way to hard for me now ...

For now, you could just do the spider legs with three fingers or only on the frets & strings you can reach. And play it a little more slowly. Gradually work on increasing your reach & speed as you improve!

When I warm up I do chords & scales, but very slowly & deliberately. So, for example I'll play some simple chord changes like this tutorial in GF2:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=455

Then, I'll play some simple scale exercises like this tutorial in GF2:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=743

Sometimes I do pentatonic scales like this:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

But, when I first start I play them a whole lot slower, then after 5-10 minutes I'll gradually increase the speed.

Hope that helps! Have fun. Smilie
Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory