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Warm-up is a very important part in the guitar playing mean that first you have to synchronize your hands, mind&guitar, and then to create your ideas, solos and tunes. Here I’ll show you a few examples that I use very often. My goal is by the left and the right hands. I try to use all fingers over all strings. These examples are very useful for alternate picking warming-up. In example 1 I played 4 note per string with usual picking “down-up-down-up”.

In exercises 2 & 3 I used combination between sweep & alternate picking – pay attention of the single notes – the picking is “down-up-down” on the lower string and again “down” when I play the single note on the higher string. By this mixed techniques I play more clean and could increase the speed of playing.




You could try to play these examples only with alternate picking ,but remember that all exercises have to be played slowly and carefully first, then you could to increase the speed. The most important is to hear clearly all of the tones that you’ve played.

Atanas Shishkov is a guitar player from Bulgaria. He was born in 1975 and began playing guitar at the age of 16. Since 1994 until now he has recorded over 10 electric solo projects in his home. Atanas likes to explore the music of the great masters – Greg Howe, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson and Al Di Meola. His last album CD “Flying Colours” was finished in august, 2002. This project is in fusion style and contains 8 instrumental pieces.

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