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Alexiaden93
post May 16 2009, 11:14 AM
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Hey there everyone, I would just like to post one of the warm ups I use to improve my legato, as well as building more strength especially in my pinky-finger.


Exercise 1a : Simple chromatic work-out useful to give the pinky independence from the ring-finger.

-----------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4---2-3-4-5--------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-------------------------2-3-4-5---------------------------------------------
-------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------2-3-4-5----------------------------------
---------------------1-2-3-4--------------------------------------------------------------------2-3-4-5-----------------------
-----------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2-3-4-5------------
-1-2-3-4--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2-3-4-5-

... Keep moving up the fretboard, and do NOT stop before you've played every single fret ! This will be very helpful in the end, although it can get painful and frustrating. Alternate picking should be used.


Exercise 1b : Repeat previous pattern, but now using hammer-ons (only one down stroke per string).



Exercise 2a : Pattern often used in some positions in the aeolian mode. This is still a chromatic exercise, and we will repeat this pattern all across the fretboard, uniquely in order to make the fingers get used to it. Alternate picking should be used.

-----------------------------------------1-2-4---2-3-5-----------------------------------------
---------------------------------1-2-4-------------------2-3-5---------------------------------
-------------------------1-2-4-----------------------------------2-3-5-------------------------
-----------------1-2-4---------------------------------------------------2-3-5-----------------
---------1-2-4-------------------------------------------------------------------2-3-5---------
-1-2-4-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2-3-5-


Exercise 2b : Repeat the previous pattern, this time using hammer-ons.


Exercise 3a : Another pattern often used in some positions in the aeolian mode, as well as the first position. This is still a chromatic exercise, and we will repeat this pattern all across the fretboard, uniquely in order to make the fingers get used to it. Alternate picking should be used.

-----------------------------------------1-3-4---2-4-5-----------------------------------------
---------------------------------1-3-4-------------------2-4-5---------------------------------
-------------------------1-3-4-----------------------------------2-4-5-------------------------
-----------------1-3-4---------------------------------------------------2-4-5-----------------
---------1-3-4-------------------------------------------------------------------2-4-5---------
-1-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2-4-5-


Exercise 3b : Repeat the previous pattern, this time using hammer-ons.


Exercise 4a : We will now play something beginning to look like a scale, but still a chromatic exercise, alternating between the pattern from the exercises 2 and 3.

-----------------------------------------1-3-4---2-3-5-----------------------------------------
---------------------------------1-2-4-------------------2-4-5---------------------------------
-------------------------1-3-4-----------------------------------2-3-5-------------------------
-----------------1-2-4---------------------------------------------------2-4-5-----------------
---------1-3-4-------------------------------------------------------------------2-3-5---------
-1-2-4-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2-4-5-


Exercise 4b : Repeat the previous pattern, this time using hammer-ons.


Exercise 5 : Extract from Steve Vai's "10-hour work-out". This is a good exercise to give every finger independence by changing fingering order on every string. You basically play four notes on every string, but changing the first note played, from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 to 1 ... You'll figure it out. smile.gif Alternate picking should be used, but legato can be rather difficult in this pattern.

--------------------------------------------------------2-3-4-1---4-5-2-3--------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-------------------------5-2-3-4---------------------------------------------
----------------------------------4-1-2-3-----------------------------------------------2-3-4-5----------------------------------
-----------------------3-4-1-2---------------------------------------------------------------------3-4-5-2-----------------------
------------2-3-4-1-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4-5-2-3------------
-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5-2-3-4-




Hope some people find these exercises helpful. I do not think you need to play with a metronome; the speed will increase all by itself as your fingers get stronger. You will feel the difference !


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post May 16 2009, 11:20 AM
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Yeah! I do these too!Good lesson!

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post May 16 2009, 11:22 AM
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also try 1324, 1423 and all 24 combinations and reverse. These are great but sometimes boring exercises smile.gif I used to use them a lot when I was building speed


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post May 16 2009, 11:25 AM
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Hey there, I'll try to add some more stuff then guys, thanks for your comments. There is one exercise I find very helpful which can be downloaded on www.ultimate-guitar.com (name = Steve Vai 10-hour work-out) smile.gif... Please come back for more patterns ! biggrin.gif

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Yeah, this is pretty much standard stuff, effective though you need to practice this on regular basis to get maximum effect, or let's say every second day...


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post May 16 2009, 07:17 PM
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QUOTE (Emir Hot @ May 16 2009, 01:22 PM) *
also try 1324, 1423 and all 24 combinations and reverse. These are great but sometimes boring exercises smile.gif I used to use them a lot when I was building speed

Yes, it is important to reverse those, increases finger independence greatly!

Alex, thanks for ex. but Marcus Siepen did this before smile.gif Check his lesson on warm up, I do that every day smile.gif
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post May 16 2009, 07:40 PM
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Very useful warm up exercises!! Thanks for posting them! smile.gif


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post May 16 2009, 09:57 PM
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Those are standard warm up exercises. Try to do variations on them and you are all set smile.gif


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post May 16 2009, 09:59 PM
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Yngwie used to run around square in Lenjingrad for warmup,
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post May 16 2009, 10:05 PM
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QUOTE (AlexLion @ May 16 2009, 08:17 PM) *
Yes, it is important to reverse those, increases finger independence greatly!

Alex, thanks for ex. but Marcus Siepen did this before smile.gif Check his lesson on warm up, I do that every day smile.gif

Yes, I saw his warm-up lesson, but I don't think it is identical to mine... Anyway, this is for pure beginners who really need to strengthen their fingers... Hope you other guys didn't think it was too much of a copy ! sad.gif

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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ May 16 2009, 10:59 PM) *
Yngwie used to run around square in Lenjingrad for warmup,
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Haha ! Yeah that's awesome, Muris ! smile.gif How did that help his fingers though ? smile.gif


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QUOTE (Alexiaden93 @ May 16 2009, 11:58 PM) *
Haha ! Yeah that's awesome, Muris ! smile.gif How did that help his fingers though ? smile.gif


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Very cool warmups, these are classic of course! You can combine all possible combinations in a system, works pretty well for syncing the hands as well.


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Yeah these are good exercises that I've recommended lots too. In fact these patterns can double up on different techniques. They can be used for increasing speed and accuracy, or finger independence and strength or another way that I prefer to use them is to do them all hammer-on and pull-off really really slowly but keeping each note as loud and as clear as the previous. It's harder than it sounds. Don't believe me? Try it wink.gif on clean of course, no reverb, no distortion nothing.. then try on an acoustic biggrin.gif


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post May 17 2009, 04:45 AM
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Thanks for the tabs. I can sure use the variety. I thought I had good pinkie control until I tried some of these variations. Surprise, not so much control as I thought. wink.gif


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I have been practicing many of these combinations (well not all) but recently I practiced just my ring and pinky.

---3--4----
---3--4----

2 notes per string all the way from 6th to 1st string and reverse. I have noticed a significant improvement in independence of these two fingers and strength of my pinky. Perhaps that might help you as well.

Playing all 4 fingers makes pinky dependent upon the ring finger and the whole palm (sort of). Hope that makes sense.

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QUOTE (maharzan @ May 18 2009, 03:53 PM) *
I have been practicing many of these combinations (well not all) but recently I practiced just my ring and pinky.

---3--4----
---3--4----

2 notes per string all the way from 6th to 1st string and reverse. I have noticed a significant improvement in independence of these two fingers and strength of my pinky. Perhaps that might help you as well.

Playing all 4 fingers makes pinky dependent upon the ring finger and the whole palm (sort of). Hope that makes sense.


You are right, maharzan ! There is a very helpful lesson by Muris that uses some the kinds of patterns your are talking about (two notes played by ring finger and pinky), and I will try to add some more patterns, as this thread seems to be increasing in popularity ! biggrin.gif I'll post it on the student instructor board when it has a more complete collection of exercises !

Thanks for the comments, guys ! biggrin.gif

Oh, and I almost forgot ! There is one pull-off lesson by Muris as well as a pinky-finger exercise lesson by Dejan ! Here you go...


- Muris Varajic "Pull-offs Lesson" - Lvl 3
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...ll-offs-lesson/
- Dejan Farkas "Little Finger Work-out" - Lvl 2 (but to be played at any speed !)
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...inger-work-out/


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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ May 17 2009, 12:01 AM) *
No idea, he runs on the stage as well. biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (kjutte @ May 25 2009, 05:04 PM) *
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