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Spider Legs Warm-Ups: Great Finger Exercises!
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First, you can add the pinky back into the mix, so you are using alternate picking and 8th notes with the 4-finger version of the exercise.
Second, you can speed up the picking. See how fast you can go without losing it!
Third, you can adjust the alternate picking so you are playing each note only once. Continue the alternate picking technique, but now play the first note once with a downstroke, the second note once with an upstroke, third note with a downstroke, and so on.
This versatile warm-up exercise can easily be adapted for beginner through advanced players. It is also equally useful on acoustic and electric guitars, and relevant for players of any guitar style.
Spider Legs Warm-ups offer many benefits, including:
FOR THE LEFT HAND:
*Proper Hand Positioning
*Finger Orientation and Coordination
FOR THE RIGHT HAND:
*Pick Timing and Phrasing
FOR BOTH HANDS WORKING TOGETHER:
*Two-hand Coordination and Timing
FOR THE BRAIN:
The exercise can serve as an excellent context through which to learn the note names on the guitar’s lower frets, including gaining an understanding of sharps and flats.
This series of lessons examines different ways that you can adopt the basic Spider Legs concepts to reflect your individual skill level, and the skill areas you wish to focus on. These lessons progress sequentially, introducing new areas of focus, or new ways of increasing the difficulty level as they go along.
I recommend you add five to ten minutes of Spider Legs warm-ups to your daily practice routine. Compile an array of variations that is a good fit for your skill level and practice needs. You may wish to bookmark some of these lessons and play along with them as part of your warm-up routine.
Touch on each of the following areas of focus in your customized practice routine:
1. Focus on FINGER STRETCH, STRENGTH, & PROPER HAND POSITION
Spider Legs 1: Beginners Level, 3 Fingers. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 1: Focus on Hand Position
Spider Legs 2: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Level, 4 Fingers. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 2: Focus on Finger Stretch
Spider Legs 9: All Levels, Playing Random Patterns. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 9: Playing Random Patterns: It's Alive!
2. Focus on TONE
Spider Legs 3: Focus on Tone. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 3: Focus on Tone
3. Focus on PICK ACCURACY & TECHNIQUE
Spider Legs 4: 8th Notes and Alternate Picking. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 4: 8th Notes & Alternate Picking
Spider Legs 5: 8th Notes and Alternate Picking, Advanced Applications. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 5: 8th Notes & Alternate Picking, Advanced
Spider Legs 8: Triplets and Fancy Pick Work. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 8: Fancy Pick Work: Playing Triplets
4. Focus on LEARNING NOTE NAMES
Spider Legs 6: Learn Note Names, plus Sharps. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 6: Learn the Notes, Learn the Sharps
Spider Legs 7: Learn Note Names, plus Flats. Spider Legs Warm-Ups 7: Learn the Notes, Learn the Flats
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