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Since the concept of this tutorial is to temporarily forget about making music and just work on your technique, we'll also keep the tone really dry and uninspiring. It's often good to practice without any amplification at all because it prevents you from getting inspired and starting to jam. But at the same time you might also make mistakes that you don't hear.

So instead we're going to use what's called a D.I. tone or a "direct" tone because it goes directly into the recording device without the use of an amp. This kind of tone has actually been used quite a bit on recordings, but most people prefer the sound of an amp. But it's perfect for purpose because there's no overdrive, reverb, or anything else to inspire us and forget about the workout we're here to do.

For that same reason we'll use the metronome instead of backing tracks. I'm using a basic Korg metronome - which is very affordable and works perfectly - but you can use any metronome, including the Guitar Tricks metronome on the site.

There are many things you can adjust on the metronome, and we'll get to all of them throughout the curriculum, but for now you just need to know how to turn it on and increase/decrease the tempo.

I'll be using my Strat for these exercises, but naturally you can use them on any guitar you have.