Racing car drivers warm up, athletes and dancers warm up… guitarists need to warm up too.
When you warm up you make a switch from your everyday mind set to your guitar playing mind set. You build momentum that gives you a sense of flow to work effortlessly on your guitar practice list.
Here are two of my favourite warm up exercises.
Pick a song, any song
Pick a song you know how to play fairly easily. You can use your song book or mp3 playlist to help you or just grab the first song that pops into your head.
Play through the song you’ve chosen at a steady tempo.
Kick off with someone else’s lick
This warm up is lots of fun too.
Pick a lick from a player you enjoy. Using that lick as a starting point make up and play five more licks.
A lick dictionary is a great source of inspiration for picking licks. Or you can take an exercise, sheet music or tab. Just pick one phrase, or one bar of the music as your starting point.
Keep It Simple
Remember, your warm up is a tool to break down your resistance to practice so make it something that’s easy and enjoyable for you to play.
What’s Your Warm Up?
What about you, do you use warm ups to kick-start your guitar practice? If so, what are your favourites? Let us know by leaving a comment using the link below.