Guitar Exercises and Tips.


Guitar Exercises, Tips, and Motivation.

guitar exercises Hello subscribers, readers, and visitors. Let’s embark on this acoustic guitar odyssey. Fret up! To set our course I like building / thinking guitar exercises. If you are thinking the odds are stacked against  you, fugget aboud it! Together we are unswerving, dedicated to “pick up my guitar  and play” again, even if for only fifteen minutes a day. Your comments are welcome and encouraged.


Guitar Exercises.

Exercise 1 builds fretboard note identification, finger strength, and fluidity. Exercise 2 is for smooth chord shifting. If you want a good fretboard map you can find many online available for download. Here is one that is  easy to read – . This app is also very useful, a fretboard note recognition trainer – .

Exercise 1 – Beginners:  On the high ‘e’ string only. Play a chromatic scale ascending slowly, beginning with the open 1st string E, then fret 1,2,3 ,4, and so on, continuing to the 4th fret ‘g sharp / a flat’. Pay attention to your tone production, always strive for good tone. As you play each note, say the note name.  Fretting hand: open E  – say E, fret 1 – finger #1- say F,  fret 2 – finger #2  – say F sharp, fret 3 – finger #3 – say G,  fret 4 – finger #4 – say G sharp.  Then play descending, from 4th fret to open string, spoken order = A flat, G,  G flat, F, E. Picking hand:  Alternate fingers {i} index, and {m} middle. For plectrum style, alternate down and up strokes with pick. Play each note slowly and clearly, and with even count. Increase tempo gradually as the exercise is repeated. Next day repeat 1st string exercise to reinforce, then use the same exercise on the 2nd string B. Each day repeat what you have done and move on in succession to the next string.

Exercise 1 – Intermediate: Do the same as above for a beginner, but after fret #4 do frets 5 through 12. Fretting hand will finger 1,2,3,4 at frets 5 through 8, and repeat fingering again with frets 9 through 12.  Say out loud or think of the note name as you fret the note. [Say note names as naturals and sharps.] Pay attention to keeping the shifting to 5th and then to 8th position smoothly and even with tempo. Play reverse from 12 down to the open string. [Say note names as naturals and flats.]

Exercise 1 – Advanced: Do the exercise  as above for an intermediate guitar player, but as you fret, say/think note name and visualize the note as written on a music staff. [i.e.  If you can read guitar notation. ]

Exercise 2 – Beginner: Practice a simple I, II minor, III7 chord progression [ i.e. C, Dm, G7 ], changing chords in time with the tempo you choose. Intermediate and Advanced: Play the progression in other / all keys. [ P.S. May use altered chords. ]  

Exercise 3: Important! Play Guitar. Play a song or something you already know. Can you improve something in it? Have Fun!  Remember that you do not have to do all of these in one session. Whatever time you can put aside to play your guitar is quality time with your instrument.

Guitar Tips: 1. Clean your guitar. Get cleaning tip at .

2. Do the guitar exercises at an appropriate level.


This blogs famous quote: ““I practiced two or three hours, sometimes none, sometimes six. It was very varied.” ~ Julian Bream

“Embrace your passion at acoustic guitar odyssey and play guitar again.”


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Author: Jerry George

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