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One thing that makes a guitar player great is good finger dexterity and clean sounding notes. It is important as a beginner to have exercises that focuses on that particular technique right from the get-go, because so much of your guitar playing will make use of that, one way or another.

Still to this very day, I have these basic exercises that I still practise with a metronome. Sometimes as a warm-up, sometimes as a way to measure my current level. I will share some of those exercises with you today. They are basic enough to be picked up by the beginners, yet they still continue to develop me as a player.

Just remember – use a metronome with all of these exercises! Start out slow, maybe at about 70, 80 BPM, and work your way up. All notes must be articulate and clean!

All right, here we go:

Fig 1:

E||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D||-----------------|-----------------|--1---2---3---4--|
A||-----------------|--1---2---3---4--|-----------------|
E||--1---2---3---4--|-----------------|-----------------|

-----------------|-----------------|--1---2---3---4--||
-----------------|--1---2---3---4--|-----------------||
--1---2---3---4--|-----------------|-----------------||
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It’s a simple exercise and there’s not much to say about it. You just keep climbing up the strings.

However, there’s one important technique associated with this – when doing the 1-2-3-4 on one string, be sure to KEEP ALL FINGERS DOWN ON THE STRING! When going from 1 to 2, don’t lift the first finger. Keep it down. Also, do the same when going from 2-3 – don’t lift any fingers. It’s harder than it sounds in the beginning, but once you master it, it will greatly benefit your technique. You’re using less motion to do the same thing. Can’t hurt, right?

Now, let’s go up a step. Just position your hand one fret up and start climbing down, like this:

Fig 2:

E||--5---4---3---2--|-----------------|-----------------|
B||-----------------|--5---4---3---2--|-----------------|
G||-----------------|-----------------|--5---4---3---2--|
D||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
--5---4---3---2--|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|--5---4---3---2--|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|--5---4---3---2--||

It’s the exact same thing, only in reverse. However, remember what I said about positioning your fingers? You do the same thing here, only opposite! So what does that mean?

It means – position all of your four fingers on 2-3-4-5, on all four frets. After that, remove one finger at a time.

Now, you’ll arrive back one fret up from where you started on the E-string. So why not continue? Continue with Fig 1, only this time start out on the third fret. And when you’re finished, go back to Fig 2, starting on the forth fret. My daily exercise consists of climbing up to the twelfth fret.

Fig 3:

E||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D||-----------------|-----------------|--1---3---2---4--|
A||-----------------|--1---3---2---4--|-----------------|
E||--1---3---2---4--|-----------------|-----------------|

-----------------|-----------------|--1---3---2---4--||
-----------------|--1---3---2---4--|-----------------||
--1---3---2---4--|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
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All right, here we have a variation on the first figure. It’s a bit tricky at first because it’s not a continuous motion. However, it’s GREAT for your finger dexterity!

Now, climb back down:

Fig 4:

E||--5---3---4---2--|-----------------|-----------------|
B||-----------------|--5---3---4---2--|-----------------|
G||-----------------|-----------------|--5---3---4---2--|
D||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
--5---3---4---2--|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|--5---3---4---2--|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|--5---3---4---2--||

I won’t bother to explain as I’m sure you’ll understand by now. Instead, I’m showing you one last variation:

Fig 5:

E||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D||-----------------|-----------------|--1---4---2---3--|
A||-----------------|--1---4---2---3--|-----------------|
E||--1---4---2---3--|-----------------|-----------------|

-----------------|-----------------|--1---4---2---3--||
-----------------|--1---4---2---3--|-----------------||
--1---4---2---3--|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||

Fig 6:

E||--5---2---4---2--|-----------------|-----------------|
B||-----------------|--5---2---4---3--|-----------------|
G||-----------------|-----------------|--5---2---4---3--|
D||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
--5---2---4---3--|-----------------|-----------------||
-----------------|--5---2---4---3--|-----------------||
-----------------|-----------------|--5---2---4---3--||

These can be real tricky in the beginning! But once you master them they will greatly benefit your technique. Incorporate these into your exercises and I guarantee you it won’t be long before you’re going to start seeing some results.

Remember though – clean and articulate!

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