Guitar technique exercises

Playlist curated by soundslice ∙ 26 slices and 13 musicians
These exercises help to build strength and dexterity.

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Don't you hate it when you are palm muting and have to pick odd numbers of notes per string? I do :-)… More…

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Inspired by Steve Morse. … More…

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This is the first video in a series that explores all the diatonic intervals in a major scale through patterns, in this case, diatonic 3rds. You will be introduced to the concept of patterns through line… More…

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Stretch sequence from Horace Bray. The pattern is diatonic, so not all finger shapes stay the same as you advance. Fair warning! More…

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Here’s an exercise I learned from somebody at Django In June a few years ago (I forget from whom).… More…

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This piece focuses on a "hammer-pick" technique: every note in this piece is to be hammered on then picked. Great for strengthening the right hand, establishing independence between the two hands, and… More…

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7 fingerings for the C major 7 arpeggios, all transposable to any key, with no open strings. These arpeggios use the guidelines of position playing for the guitar.… More…

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This little piece is a great means for exercising both hands and works the ear on some linear counterpoint. Great for synchronizing right and left hands, finger-picked or not, and getting to know your… More…

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1-Hour Super Technique Workout in 9 Rounds, from the virtuoso Frank Gambale! Editorial picking + shifting strategies by yours truly.… More…

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Exercises for Russian guitar from the 1886 (posthumous) method by Morkov, pages 13-14. See more at http://www.digitalguitararchive.com/2019/01/russian-guitar/ More…

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A picking technique etude based on the "escaped upstrokes" technique (pick diagonally such that downstrokes rest on the higher string, while upstrokes go up in the air allowing for efficient string switching). More…

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Etude based off some picking experimentation. Tough to let all those notes ring out, and also to control the timing in all those quick sweeps. More…

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7 fingerings for the C major scale, all transposable to any key, no open strings. These scales use the guidelines of position playing for the guitar.… More…

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Harmonic Minor scales for guitar in 7 positions on the neck. More…

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An arpeggio sequence I was working on as alternate picking practice, applied to Giant Steps chord changes arranged as spread triads. More…

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Today's lick is a monster sweeping pattern, which is great for practising a variety of arpeggio shapes. It's also good for helping you get used to dealing with multiple notes on one string when sweeping… More…

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Playing a rootless voicing for 13b9 (a dominant chord with the 13 and the b9 added) through the circle of 5ths. The voicing is derived from the Melodic Triad approach - using an F# triad over an A7 chord.… More…

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Sean posted this exercise on Instagram yesterday (https://www.instagram.com/p/BoX8_NCl8LO/), saying "it's the best guitar exercise I know," so I had to Soundslice it. It's a chromatic scale in octaves,… More…

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Here’s a little exercise I just came up with, to develop the dexterity for my third and fourth fingers. Lots of times these sorts of exercises aren’t very musical, so I wanted something that actually sounds… More…

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I developed this exercise to help with legato and finger dexterity. It kind of doubles as an “outside” lick, though I have yet to use it in the wild... More…

Fifths-interval exercise

adrian · March 15, 2018

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Here’s an exercise I came up with, inspired by a lick I heard from Adrien Moignard. All downstrokes! The melody kind of reminds me of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” :-) More…

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Here's a fun chromatic exercise that's a bit like rubbing your tummy and patting your head at the same time. … More…

Paired 5ths - Bob Ross

BobRoss · July 21, 2018

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This is a warmup I've used for years. I stacked 5ths a minor 3rd apart which spells out a Minor 11 chord. … More…

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Major arpeggios that move up a tritone and then down a minor third. (Except for the very last movement.) … More…

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Bruno Major knows his fretboard. Check this fantastic major scale etude. More…