Warm Ups Home › Forums › Community Forum › Warm Ups Tagged: guitar, health, practice, warm up This topic contains 16 replies, has 12 voices, and was last updated by Jake Young 1 year, 7 months ago. Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 17 total) 1 2 → Author Posts December 22, 2017 at 5:19 am #702 Davey OberlinParticipant What are some of your favorite ways to warm up your hands and your mind for extended periods of guitar play? 0 likes December 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm #738 Syn GatesKeymaster For me, I’ve been fortunate to not have any real physical issues(knock on wood). For practicing, I try and get a game plan going so I don’t look up after 3 hours to find that I’ve played the same thing over and over. Before a show I will run through my solos a couple of times and if there are new songs, I’ll try and run through them for a confidence booster. You having issues? 0 likes December 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm #743 Brian Haner Sr.Keymaster I usually play some scales slowly that require as little stretching as possible – just to get both hands working in sync and to get a feel for where I’m at. (Anybody who has played guitar more than a year knows that your comfort level changes from day to day. Some days you feel it – some days you don’t. Those days that you don’t require a bit more warm up time). Then I move to through a few scale permutations that require more stretching, gradually building speed until I’m comfortable blazing through some difficult stuff. I try to mix up the right hand as well; alt picking, eco picking, sweep, hybrid, etc. If I’m in a hurry, I like the 24 variations. (See lesson 75). This definitely works the left hand, but when you build speed it really helps the right hand as well. This one will get you warmed up fast. 0 likes December 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm #755 Davey OberlinParticipant These are priceless tips, thank you guys! I tend to need a little mental warm up to ensure I’m playing with optimal feeling, and my right and left hands are in sync. Definitely need my morning coffee before I get going! 0 likes December 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm #762 Syn GatesKeymaster Oh ya, and coffee and a metronome. Forgot the two most important things 😉 1 person likes this January 4, 2018 at 3:38 am #879 Tyler WaltonParticipant I try to emphasize warming up both hands as it can get shockingly easy to prefer one over the other. Fretting hand warm ups include scale work and just getting the fingers moving accurately as to build dexterity. I have a really cool diminished warm up that Bill Kelliher of Mastodon showed me before a show with the fretting hand that I plan on uploading here ASAP. For the picking hand, I’ll try to find a technique I want to prioritize for the day and really hammer at it whether it’s hybrid, sweeping, economy etc. Also, if you can play piano, I highly recommend starting with that in the morning. Running your scales on piano does wonders for getting the blood flowing through the hands before heading over to the guitar. 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 4:36 am #885 Anonymous When I warm up I sometimes prefer to do lots of String Skipping. I would recommend Rock Discipline by John Petrucci! So much material. 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 5:31 am #890 Ids SchiereParticipant I usually play along to some songs. Strating from slow songs like gravoty by John Mayer and gradually increase the technical difficulty of the songs i’m playing. This is when i have like a whole Evening to play guitar. When i Just have like 15-60 minutes depending on my mood ill skip warming up completely 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 9:07 am #937 Kevin WeltonParticipant Usually start with open chords and then some scale runs at various speeds 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 10:32 am #951 Jake YoungParticipant I’m with Papa..some days you feel it, sometimes you don’t. Syn’s coffee suggestion definitely helps with the mind aspect and speed haha simple 1-2-3-4’s are aways good. As with 1-2-4’s and 1-3-4’s. Also, 1-4-1-3-4-3’s. When the left hand starts getting fatigued, picking a string and strict alternate picking as fast as possible to a metronome is a good way to get blood flowing in the right while giving the left a rest. 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 11:06 am #959 Steven HuthParticipant I do the same thing as Jake here. If the warm ups start to get stale or if I am not feeling it, I’ll throw some kind of backing track on and just improvise over it. Sometimes even playing through a song can get you into the spirit of learning new techniques. 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm #989 Ben ThorpeParticipant Good sweep picking exercise from Joe Satriani- sweep pick across 4 strings and use all 4 fingers one fret at a time, moving your way up the fret board. Good exercise for your hand to eye coordination. 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm #1007 Jason CollinsParticipant The 7 3-note-per-string major scale patterns. Different key daily. Spider and it’s variations up and down the neck: 1234,4321 134,431 124,421 234,432 Play through Rain by Trivium. First song that got my picking up to par. Been obsessive about making sure I still got it ever since. 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm #1025 Julian BartonParticipant I like to sit down and play 4 notes on each string with each finger like 1st fret pointer 2nd fret middle etc. etc.. Then I like to bust out a few riffs that I enjoy (personally I play roman sky, symphony of destruction, and then end on something harder). After that I will try and play a solo or two and then start to practice something I need to work on. 0 likes January 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm #1090 Brian Haner Sr.Keymaster I will echo what Tyler Walton said. Piano. I don’t know why – but playing scales on a piano for 5 minutes warms me up better than any guitar exercise. 0 likes Author Posts Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 17 total) 1 2 → You must be logged in to reply to this topic.