Good Morning everyone!
Today I’m going to show you a cool little exercise that if you do once every morning when you wake up it is guaranteed to improve your finger speed on the guitar as well as your dexterity, reach and accuracy. Firstly, it is very important that you do this first thing in the morning when you wake up. The exercise will only take 10 to 15 minutes but the point is to instill playing the guitar into your subconscious and make it as much of a habit as brushing your teeth. Before you even shower or have your morning coffee, grab your guitar and run through this quick exercise. There is no complex pattern to remember, so this exercise is perfect for those groggy half-awake moments. We will be doing alternate picking with all four fingers across all six strings. We will play fret 1 to 4 starting on the low E string and go all the way up to the high e string, reverse the pattern once we reach the 4th fret on the high e and go all the way back down to the first fret on the low E. Then move up one fret and do the pattern again until reach the highest point of the guitar neck. Then move down one fret after each pattern until we eventually reach fret 1 of the low E string. The same place we started. Basically it will look like this: And you just keep going until you reach the end of your guitar neck, then change directions and go down one fret each repetition until you are back at the 1st fret. This exercise might seem a little strange or pointless to some but it is not pointless at all. If you do this exercise once a day while focusing on your accuracy and speed, you will certainly improve every aspect of your guitar playing. This exercise teaches you exactly what every position on the guitar neck feels like. After doing it enough times, you will subconsciously know what every fret of your guitar feels like before even touching it. You will know the exact amount of pressure you need to apply to have that note ring out best. Your guitar will become a part of your dreams. You will become one with your guitar.
While doing the exercise, I want you to focus on making sure you fret each note properly and have it ring out clearly. You might be tempted to go really fast but I want you to resist that urge and rather be very deliberate with each note you play. Focus on your alternate picking. This exercise will also greatly improve the synchronization between your left and right hand. Focus on timing your picking perfectly so there is no string muting whatsoever. It will become difficult to play the highest notes on the low strings of the guitar; just slow down and get through it, focusing on hitting the notes cleanly and accurately. If you like, you can use a metronome but it is OK to go without. You will be doing this exercise once every morning but you will still be doing a lot of other guitar playing through-out the day (Hopefully!). Starting your day with this exercise is similar to starting your day with a cup of coffee except that coffee is good for a full day of office work and this exercise is good for a full day of guitar jamming. Peace out and enjoy!