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How to do Beginner Guitar Exercises

Updated on June 25, 2014

G Minor Pentatonic Scale

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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?

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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

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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!

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    • Inutero profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Nuske 

      4 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 

      4 years ago from Ohio

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

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      Aaron, 

      4 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 

      4 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you both!

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      Dil Vil 

      4 years ago from India

      Cool music lesson, thank you.

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      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is a great article!

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