Looking for fun exercises to improve your guitar playing?
February 27, 2018
Here is our second exercise for guitar. This guitar exercise is intended for beginners, and it makes an excellent warmup for daily practice.
Following what we learned on ‘Guitar Lesson #2: How to play Chords? – The E Minor’, this exercise will once again help with your picking technique while getting your fingers used to playing the E minor Chord and holding notes while pressing on the frets. Please note that I highly recommend using an ‘Anchor’ by placing either your pinky finger or both your pinky and ring finger of your right hand below the strings and lightly touching the guitar. The use of this ‘Anchor’ technique has been quite a debate, as many professional guitar players don’t approve of it and don’t quite feel it is necessary, but it works for me, so I highly recommend it.
This Guitar Exercise is divided into four steps:
1- Practice strumming the chord once in a downward motion (From Low E to High E) while pressing on the second fret of the A string and second fret of the D string for an E minor chord.
2- Pick the strings down starting on the Low E String and going through the strings one by one, all the way to the High E String, while keeping your fingers pressed on the E minor chord.
3- Practice strumming the chord once in an upward motion (From High E to Low E) while keeping your fingers pressed on the E minor chord.
4- Pick the strings up starting on the High E String and going through the strings one by one, all the way to the Low E String, while keeping your fingers pressed on the E minor chord, where at this point we will once again switch directions and start picking down on the Low E for a continued cycle.
Please click on the link below to access the practice materials for this lesson.
Happy playing and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
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