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My personal guitar warm up routine

Have you ever practiced this exercise?

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And have you also practiced all the variations?

1-2-4-3

1-3-4-2

2-3-1-4

4-1-3-2

etc. 

Did you play it up and down the neck with metronome?

Did you also find it boring and useless? 

I used to practice above exercises as a part of my warm up routine. In fact, I spent quite a long time with them believing that I will improve my finger independence and speed.

I’ve seen these exercises all over the internet and in every book I’ve picked so I thought it is really important to practice them. Only later did I find that for most aspiring guitar players  they are totally useless. 

Why? 

Couple of reasons:

  1. boring
  2. non-musical
  3. mechanical
  4. mind dumbing
  5. never ending 

I don’t see any real value in them anymore. Yes, you can build some finger independence with them, but by the time it will happen, you will bore yourself to death. 

Moreover, guitar players who practice them usually don’t know how to do it properly, so they practice it with a wrong position of left hand, bad posture and usually too fast. Therefore, they are just acquiring bad habits and not building any independence. 

If you also use these exercises as a part of your warm up routine, please stop. I will show you some better alternatives that are good for your hands and, at the same time, for your brain.

I believe that what you practice and how you practice has to be engaging for your brain. It is your task to keep your brain interested in what you are doing otherwise you are just wasting time with mechanical exercises that will lead you nowhere.

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