Guitar Exercises For Beginners
Strength vs. Dexterity

I hear and read a lot about using guitar exercises to build or create strength in your hands for the purpose of improving your guitar playing. Although there is some truth to this idea it is not really that accurate to say you need to have strong hands to be a good guitar player. It is really more about developing the ability to relax and build dexterity and independence in your fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders and general posture. It is more about control of muscles than strength of muscles.

Avoid Boring Guitar Exercises

Guitar Exercises don’t need to be boring or painful. They can be quite motivating if we let them. They are a great way to satisfy our urge to “waffle” or “noodle” on the guitar. Random movement can be damaging to the learning process at times.  Imagine if you were to try to improve at a video game by just haphazardly hitting, twisting and toggling controls on your hand set controller at random. If you never do anything the same way twice how could you develop any skills to get to the games' next level? The exercises on this part of the site are designed to include an element of improvisation and imagination. This will help to develop technical skill as well as musicianship.

Specialised Handed Exercises

We’ll start with some right hand techniques that will lead to turning into pieces of guitar music with skills you can adapt to just about any situation or style.

Try these right hand finger style exercises remembering that we are going to use the results in our own way once we get a basic grip on them. Read this to help you get around the "no time to practice" obstacle! 

The "a m i" arpeggio (Romanza Exercise)

Get the "a m i" arpeggio Guitar Pro File here

The Split Fingering Study 

Get the Split Fingering Study Guitar Pro File here

The Malagueña No1 Study

Get the Malagueña Guitar Pro File here

                      Watch the Malagueña Guitar Pro 6 File Video below

If you need a reminder about your right hand fingering have a look at this diagram to help you out.

Study Notes and Mindset

When finding those stolen minutes of "trapped or void time" to practice (see above), remember that our goal is to realise how we can use these techniques in a musical way. For example the a m i arpeggio is a great place to try simply adding any left hand finger on to the High E string at any fret. Just listen to what happens. You can try patterns like two arpeggios on a note you like then move away one or two frets (up or down) and play one arpeggio before returning to your original note. Maybe you’re writing your first big hit!!!?



Get your right hand working smoothly and keep your mind open to exploration and you will avoid the boring pot holes in the guitar exercises road. To stay informed on updates please subscribe to my up coming newsletter and/or my RSS feed. You know when the video lessons get posted that way!

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