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I have found that warming up properly helps my playing quite a bit. In this short video I cover some of my basic excercises. I like to start by just playing some basic rhythm pieces to get both hands moving, and then add in a 5-fret stretch to the rhythm. Next, I pick a scale that I like and play it through in one position. In the video, I use the key of G and play the C-lydian mode (start with the C-note on the low E string and play it across the strings to the C-note on the 13th fret of the B or 2nd string). I will also go past the ending B-note and play the next 3 notes on the 1st string. I play this across the strings in both directions and use alternate up and down picking. I will play the scale in note order 12345678, and in some variations such as 132435465768, and 123234345456567. Another good practice routine is to just play 4 notes from, say, frets 9-12 across all six strings in both directions. With all these exercises the key is to play them smoothly so that they sound like one long run, not having a lot of starts and stops in them. My warm-up routine usually takes about 2-3 minutes. Have fun and keep on rockin!
These are only a few exercises to get you ready to play. Experiment with different positions, scales, and note sequences to help improve you playing. And most of all, have fun!This file is about 35MB, so best that you have a high speed connection. I will be putting up smaller files for other items, so if you don't have a high speed connection, please keep checking back.