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Heres an article that should help you learning What’s more, a good warm up can rely as much on psychological as physical issues. If you can think about scales, licks and chords in your head before you even pick up a guitar you may find yourself getting going quicker than normal. For example, if your warm up routine includes running through minor pentatonic scale shapes then try visualizing these shapes in your mind before you even pick up the guitar and you may find that they are falling under the fingers as soon as you pick your guitar up. So why warm up? Beyond the physical element of getting the muscles in the fingers working (and in doing so avoid any possibly injuries) there is also the fact that if you get any technical frustrations out on a warm up then it will make the ‘real’ practise far more effective and enjoyable. Get all the mistakes and finger fumbling out of the way on the warm up as it’s here that they won’t matter or frustrate you. Warming up can also simply be a good way of letting yourself know when you are actually ready to play which can be essential if you are getting ready for a gig or recording session. For me, a warm up does not have to last a definite amount of time and I may not always use the same routine. However, the first thing I want to do is just get the picking and fretting hand fingers synchronised and for this I’ll use some simple four note per string alternate picking exercises like these : At this point I am not really engaging the brain, these are just physical exercises to get the fingers moving accurately on the fretboard. From here I may run a few minor pentatonic scale shapes but perhaps I’ll start focusing more on accuracy, maybe playing through patterns based around fourths such as the ones below : There are many articles and lessons on how to warm up but many assume there is a way you SHOULD warm up. Ultimately, however, the warm up is going to be different for all of us – for example, do you have a set warm up routine that you get through before you start ‘playing’ or do you naturally segue from a warm up into your playing time?