Carlo Presents Guitar Nerdery V. 1

Hello guitar players! Welcome to the dojo.
I want to show you exercises I do before we play a show or when I’m at home during a long (very long) break from tour. I use these techniques in my playing but remember: EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT PLAYING STYLE. It is important to apply the following exercises according to your style and ability.You can try and emulate any guitar player you want but what’s the fun in that? One of the goals for a guitar player, in my opinion, is to find their “sound”. This “sound” can be anything from how you bend your strings to the amp that you use.

With all that said, let’s begin.

The first is a linear picking exercise with alternating fingers and alternate picking. This exercise uses all four fingers up and down the fretboard in the following pattern:

fig.1 (refer to video)

This pattern is played on each string starting on the 6th string, 1st fret.
You can also use a 3 finger pattern for the same linear exercise.

fig.2 fig.3 (refer to video)
1-2-4 1-3-4
2-4-1 or 3-4-1
4-1-2 4-1-3


For writing guitar riffs or improvising, these linear patterns are very helpful (refer to video for some examples). Try playing a major scale or the pentatonic scale using the same pattern, or come up with your own.
Some tips:
~ Always practice with a metronome. Start with a comfortable speed then slowly increase the tempo when you improve.
~ When your hands or fingers start hurting, stop. A strained hand is like a runner getting a leg cramp. Stretch it out then continue.
~ Practice standing up. You’re not going to play at Wembley stadium sitting down, are you?
~ It is better to practice for 10 minutes everyday as opposed to practicing for 10 hours one day a week.
~ The guitar is an instrument to play music. Making music should always come first.
~ Practice does not make perfect. “Perfect Practice” makes perfect:

When Banzan was walking through a market He overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer.
“Give me the best piece of meat you have,” said the customer.
“Everything in my shop is the best,” replied the butcher. “You cannot find any piece of meat that is not the best.”
At these words Banzan became enlightened.

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