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Pre-Gig Warm Up Exercises

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I'm sure that every gigging guitar player has experienced that moment when you begin your solo, ready to blow the minds of every person in the place, but your fingers don't get the memo.
Warming up before a gig is the best way to ensure that your playing is at the level you normally expect it to be at. In the following article I'm going to go through a few of the exercises I've learnt over my career as a guitar player.
Exercise 1

The key to this exercise is that it's running chromatically, which gives most pentatonic-loving guitar players a bit of a brain wobble. I usually do this exercise first, just to get my fingers moving.
Also, this exercise works best if you are using a metronome to keep time.
Exercise 2
Allow me to apologise on behalf of Joe Satriani for teaching you this exercise. It's a killer!
This is one of Joe Satrianis favourite warm up techniques, for good reason. It is the perfect exercise for preparing your fingers for some tricky chords or arpe…