When I was younger I followed a very structured practice routine for 8-10 hours a day, but it’s very hard to dedicate that amount of time to guitar when you have other commitments to keep!
In reality, we all have those days when you only have a few minutes available to practice, so in this lesson I’m going to show you how to develop a routine that works for you and helps you improve your technique, strength, speed and dexterity even when you’re really limited on the time you have available.
People often make the mistake of thinking that guitarists must have huge hands or really long fingers, people assume this about me all the time! In reality my hands are completely average-sized but this doesn’t mean that my reach has to be average…
In this lesson I’m going to show you multiple ways you can stretch your fretting hand to improve your reach, build up your finger strength and transform your playing for the better. If you’ve been practicing hard but feel like you aren’t seeing the gains you should be, then this could be the lesson that changes everything for you.
In this lesson, I’ve teamed up with Hutch to bring you a selection of each of our favourite exercises covering things like legato, finger strength and dexterity, alternate picking, sweep picking and more!
Most of these exercises are very quick and easy to learn, you can do most of them in just 20-40 seconds and with a few repetitions and they’ll have a massive impact on your strength, dexterity and ultimately your playing.
We all have those days when you get to the end of the night and you haven’t practiced or even played the guitar and you want to feel like your fingers are progressing – like something has improved that day – but you only have 5 minutes… it happens to me all the time.
In this lesson, I’m going to show you some of my favourite exercises that work out your right hand, stretch your left hand and are guaranteed to improve your ability and dexterity even when you only have 5 minutes to practice in the day. Let’s go!
Before you even play the guitar, it’s really important to warm up and get yourself into the right frame of mind.
I’m going to show you my top tips covering everything from posture, stretching, hand positioning, exercises and more so that whenever you play the guitar you’ll be at your best!
In this lesson I’ve got two licks to break down that combine alternate and sweep picking. Both use simple, familiar patterns so that we can focus on how to transition between these techniques and nail the mechanics involved.
Being able to transition seamlessly between different techniques like this makes such a huge difference to your playing, because in the real world you’re never going to do 4 bars of sweeping followed by 4 bars of tapping and so on. Instead, you should be able pick and choose techniques from your arsenal to effortlessly drop into a performance when needed – so I’ll show you exactly how I do this.
We don’t have as much time to play the guitar as much as we’d like to, which is why I’ve put together some of my favourite exercises to create this killer workout!
This 5-minute guitar workout is perfect for those days where you’re really limited on time and just want to make some progression from your playing, or you can use it as the ultimate warmup to get your blood flowing before you start tracking and recording.
Everyone loves to play fast, right? But there’s a big difference between sloppy licks and exciting, articulate but blazing fast playing.
In this lesson, I’m going to show you all of my tips and tricks on how to play fast, from how to practice properly right through to how to incorporate your newfound speed into your playing in a tasteful way. Trust me, when we’re done you’re gonna be unstoppable.
Many guitarists – even those who have been playing for years – will pick up a guitar and go straight to using fingers one and three (maybe throwing in a pinkie every now and then). That might be fun for a little while, but if you want to feel genuinely confident in your playing you need to get used to using all of your fingers!
In this lesson, I’m going to share some of my best tips and exercises that will allow you to build your finger strength, dexterity and independence – including some ways that you’ve probably never seen before. The results speak for themselves, and by popular demand, this is another live, unedited lesson with mistakes and all, so get ready for a wild ride!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve made a ton of progress all at once. My fretting ability, power and dexterity on the fretboard have all increased at the same time – even my creativity has improved. I wanted to share my process so you can see exactly how I was able to make so much progress in a relatively short space of time so that you can do the same!
Included in this lesson are 3 very challenging guitar exercises. These are excellent for your fretting hand dexterity and alternate picking, but what I really love about these exercises is that they remain open to interpretation. This gives you the opportunity to get creative and figure out the best way to cross the fretboard, which is part of the reason they’re so effective.
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