It’s a great idea to warm-up your hands before attempting a focused practice session or even playing through some songs.

If you don’t take the time to warm-up your hands you might find yourself getting tight and not able to perform the way you’d like to.

The best way to approach a warm-up is to shake out your hands and get the blood flowing.

Try some arm circles, wrist circles, and hand stretches to relax your fingers, wrists, and forearms.

Next, you need to play! Try these finger gymnastics before every practice session or performance and you’ll play better for it!

Tip: Start these exercises in higher zones of the guitar since the frets are closer.

Gradually move closer to the headstock as your hand stretches.

Ex.1

E |-1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------------|
B |----------1-2-3-4----------------------------------------|
G |-------------------1-2-3-4-------------------------------|
D |-----------------------------1-2-3-4---------------------|
A |---------------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------|
E |-------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4—|

Ex.2

E |-2-3-1-4-------------------------------------------------|
B |----------2-3-1-4----------------------------------------|
G |-------------------2-3-1-4-------------------------------|
D |-----------------------------2-3-1-4---------------------|
A |---------------------------------------2-3-1-4-----------|
E |-------------------------------------------------2-3-1-4-|

Ex.3

E |-1-2--------------------------------------------------|
B |------3-4--1-2----------------------------------------|
G |----------------3-4--1-2------------------------------|
D |---------------------------3-4--1-2-------------------|
A |--------------------------------------3-4--1-2--------|
E |-------------------------------------------------3-4--|

Ex.4

E |-2-3---------------------------------------------------|
B |------1-4--2-3-----------------------------------------|
G |----------------1-4--2-3-------------------------------|
D |---------------------------1-4--2-3--------------------|
A |---------------------------------------1-4--2-3--------|
E |--------------------------------------------------1-4--|

Ex.5

E |1-2--------------------------------------------------------------------3-4|
B |----------1-2-------------------------------------------------3-4---------|
G |----3-4------------1-2-------------------------------3-4----------1-2-----|
D |--------------3-4------------1-2-----------3-4------------1-2-------------|
A |------------------------3-4----------------------1-2----------------------|
E |----------------------------------3-4--1-2--------------------------------|

Ex.6

E |---------------------------------------------------------------------1------------|
B |-------------------------------------------------1---------------------4-3-2-1-2-3|
G |-----------------------------1---------------------4-3-2-1-2-3-4------------------|
D |----------1--------------------4-3-2-1-2-3-4--------------------------------------|
A |------------4-3-2-1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------------------|
E |-1-2-3-4--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

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