Wouldn’t you love to be able to play as fast as you wanted? Wouldn’t it be great if your hands never got tired?
If you answered “yes” to either question, then I believe you’ll enjoy my “7 minute guitar workout”.
This workout will help you develop speed, endurance, accuracy, and finger strength. This physical aspect of guitar playing is called technique. Keep in mind that these exercises are not to be performed for their musical value. They are simply to develop skill.
These guitar exercises are not something you play through once and then forget about. Performing these exercises regularly is an absolute must. It’s not unlike going to the gym to workout. If you stick with it and keep a regular schedule you will see marked improvement as time goes by.
It doesn’t matter what level of guitar playing you are at. It doesn’t matter what style of music you play. Everyone can benefit from the same exercises, and it’s important that you keep doing them. If you slack off at the gym you’ll see you muscle development deteriorate after time. It’s the same with these technique exercises. You can spend months or even years building up blazing fret board speed, but the point where you stop exercising your fingers on a regular basis is the point where your hard earned skills will deteriorate.
Applied properly, these exercises will help you to develop confidence in your playing and will help make you aware of weak areas of your playing that need concentrated effort. They are great way to start out a practice session. They will help loosen your fingers and stretch your hand muscles to get you ready to practice other material.
The 7 Minute Guitar Workout Video
In the video below I run through the 7 minute workout:
Below is the complete tablature for the exercises that are used in the 7 Minute Workout. The exercises are played at 70 beats per minute. As you get fast you’ll want to increase the tempo and add more repetitions (or other exercises) to the workout. Good luck!