ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to do Beginner Guitar Exercises

Updated on June 25, 2014

G Minor Pentatonic Scale


The G minor pentatonic scale is perhaps the best scale to learn when you first pick up your guitar. It requires a wide reach, and greatly strengthens your:

  • hand muscles
  • coordination
  • speed

It's also a great warm-up before you begin to play, as your hands will feel free and you'll be ready to jam!

Do you know your strings?

view quiz statistics

How to do this exercise:

  1. Begin with your index finger on the third fret of the 6th string and strum once. After that, you quickly get your pinky on the 6th fret and strum again.
  2. Afterwards, you want to bring your index finger to the third fret of the 5th string. You'll strum once again, but this time your ring finger will go to the 5th fret of that string.
  3. You'll continue this formation mentioned for the 5th string for strings 4, 3, and 2.
  4. As you reach the last string, you'll do the same formation you did for string 6.

    To Re-cap:
  • 6th String: frets 3 then 6
  • 5th - 2nd String: frets 3 then 5
  • 1st String: again frets 3 then 6.

This exercise is perhaps the best when it comes to gaining speed and accuracy. With practice, you'll be able to do it quicker, and with less mistakes.

  • Remember!, that the more you practice and expose your fingers to different movements, the more they will retain that knowledge and coordination.

Picking Up Speed Changing Chords


Learning chords and learning how to effectively change between chords can be a daunting process. Again, with practice comes accuracy and speed.

When learning how to quickly change between chords, you should always:

  • Watch and predict how your fingers will move in-between chords.
  • Practice, practice, practice! The only way to increase your hand coordination is by practicing, over and over. It may seem as if you don't achieve results within the first day, but after a week, you'll definitely notice changes.
  • Utilize this information and apply it to your practice to achieve the best results possible.

Don't Give Up!

When learning guitar, you may often get discouraged. The key to getting better is to take it slow and focus on accuracy. Just as you probably learned typing in school, less mistakes and slower performance is better than being fast and making a ton of mistakes.
Always remember to never give up and keep on practicing!

Did this article help you?

See results

© 2013 Andrew Nuske


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Inutero profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Nuske 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Sneaks! I'll be making more, I just need a topic. I might go into fingerpicking.

    • Inutero profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Nuske 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Sneaks! I'll be making more, I just need a topic. I might go into fingerpicking.

    • Sneaks77 profile image


      5 years ago

      Wow... Lesson number 1 is a go!!! I've played guitar for several years now, and had this type of information been available way back when I would have been so happy. Good show!!

    • Inutero profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Nuske 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you both!

    • My Cook Book profile image

      Dil Vil 

      5 years ago from India

      Cool music lesson, thank you.

    • Bishop55 profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      This is a great article!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)