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I Need Some Finger-Torturing Left-hand Excersizes

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  • I Need Some Finger-Torturing Left-hand Excersizes

    ANyone know any good warm up excersizes for the left hand? The kind where you move your fingers in weird patterns until they hurt? I want to strengthen my left hand and develop better finger independence as well, especially with my ring finger and pinky. Thanks!
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    You're not supposed to do anything until it hurts.

    For the end result you're looking for, you should practice scales and scalar exercises properly

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    • #3
      Lol I knew someone was gonna say that. I do have a few exercise books with the usual scale-based exercises in it. I just meant some of those really hard finger-twister exercises just for something to do really. I promise I won't over-do it. Thanks.
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      <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>guitarmandp</strong>
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      <div class="message">But I really don't give ****************, I have money to make and I'm wasting my time playing on a message board.</div>

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      • #4
        Petrucci's Rock Discipline DVD has some good ones.
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        • #5
          Try this: Google "1234 permutation guitar" and you will find the classic 1234 exercise or some variation of it.

          One thing that the various websites fail to mention is you can practice this exercise with hammer-ons and pulloffs instead of alternate picking.

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          • #6
            I like doing this one - it's basically walking down an A harmonic minor scale with your pinking holding the high A pedal note. Writing the tab off the top of my head without a guitar here, so hopefully I'm not making any typos (and hopefully the formatting comes across okay).

            1--17--16--17--12--17--13--17-------17---12---17-----17-----17--------17--------17------17-------17------------
            2----------------------------------15-----------------13-----15------12---------13----------------12-----------------
            3-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------14---------------13---14---
            4------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            5------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            6------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

            Then go through and instead of just using the high A (17 on the 1st sting) as a single pedal point, replace that one note with three - A G# A (17 16 17). That's a lot tougher, but has really helped strengthen my pinky/ring finger indepdendence
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            • #7
              First position chromatic octaves in parallel:
              e|-----------------------------------------0--1--2--3--4---
              B|----------------------------1--2--3--4-------------------
              G|------------0--1--2--3--4-------------------------0--1---
              D|--2--3--4-------------------------0--1--2--3--4----------
              A|------------------0--1--2--3--4--------------------------
              E|--0--1--2--3--4------------------------------------------
              Ascending and descending, naturally. Strive to use only your fingers, and not move your hand at all. And don't let your fingers up before the next ones are down.

              Also this:
              e|--9---8---8----8---8---7---7----7--7---6---6----6---6---
              B|--10--10--9----9---9---9---8----8--8---8---7---7----7---
              G|--11--11--11--10--10--10--10---9--9---9---9----8---8---
              D|--12--12--12--12--11--11--11--11--10--10--10--10--9----
              A|----------------------------------------------------------
              E|----------------------------------------------------------
              And so forth. Arpeggiate the chords and watch yer finger posture. If you can make it down to the nut you're probably badass.
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              • #8
                Try this:

                DIATONIC LEFT HAND WARM UP

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                • #9
                  Learn the some Tumeni Notes by Steve Morse... It's got it all
                  Blog: sixstringobsession
                  Subscribe to my YouTube channel

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                  • #10
                    Pick up Al DiMeola's "A Guide to Chords, Scales and Arpeggios"...I remember getting it back in the day and even though I could play pretty decently already, TRUST ME even just FRETTING some of the ****************ing chord shapes will make your fretting hand hurt, let alone switching them in progressions, not to mention the scales and arpeggios...
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                    • #11
                      I am currently using this book:

                      http://www.amazon.com/Hybrid-Picking-Exercises-Single-Permutations/dp/1452895430/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

                      It takes the 1234 permutations and multiplies it by permutations of right hand pick and fingers. It will probably put your left hand fingers in many unfamiliar positions. The author advises picking a page at random and working with it for that day. To that I would add - take a break if you start to get sore and if it hurts you're doing something wrong.

                      Use the "Click to Look Inside" feature to see some sample pages.

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                      • #12
                        Try these and let me know what you think!
                        Thinking too much produces exactly the opposite of the intended outcome.

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                        • #13
                          Sweep pick some arpeggios. Like some diminished 7th's or really, any 7th chord will make good arpeggios.

                          Snag Carl Culpepper's book Terrifying Technique for Guitar. Skip the rest of this horse poo poo. Get that book and burn through it, cover to cover. If you can do that, you're probably not human.


                          ...and why would you want to learn a bunch of random shapes? Wouldn't it be smarter to build up the muscle memory to finger patterns you intend to use, rather than random algorithmic polymutations? I don't see the logic. Why would I want to learn a bunch of exercises that are simply 'dumb' repititious exercises?

                          Why not take a concept and run with it? Isn't that an exercise in and of itself? What about this?

                          E---1-2-3-4-3-2-1-4-3-4-2-4-3-4

                          Play that. Play that pattern starting on every fret of every string. That way, you don't have to waste your brain space trying to memorize exercises that basically do the same thing this exercise does. I have it written out as starting on the 1st fret of the low E. Play it everywhere. Play it on every single note of the guitar.

                          Or, you could always DL the 10 hour Steve Vai Workout. If you order it direct, I think it comes with a heart rate monitor.
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                          • #14
                            Try these and let me know what you think!


                            I like these a lot
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                              Why not take a concept and run with it? Isn't that an exercise in and of itself? What about this?

                              E---1-2-3-4-3-2-1-4-3-4-2-4-3-4


                              That's a permutation exercise

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