I have to confess, practicing scales, though a VERY essential part of learning and playing guitar, can sometimes get a little “old”.
This is NOT an excuse to not work on them. It is absolutely essential to your learning and growing as a player.
However, sometimes it is really nice to take some licks from classic songs and incorporate them into my routine.
This one is cool to do:
Sweet Child O Mine by Guns and Roses
Don’t know it? Great, here is an opportunity to learn it.
Know it already? Great, here is some ways to use it as a finger exercise or regular warmup.
Here’s some fun facts:
- The guitar is tuned down a half step. You can of course, play it in standard tuning as well. It really doesn’t matter since you are playing it on the same place on the guitar neck. However, if you want to play to the recording, you need to tune down.
- This seems to be a common theme with guitarists: Slash came up with the riff and thought it was silly. The remaining members of the band thought it was great and convinced him to use it.
- The song was their breakout hit in 1988. They had other songs released before it that tanked on the charts. After this song, they re-released one of them, Welcome to the Jungle, and it became a big hit.
The TAB, along with 19 others, is here: http://sixstringcorner.com/20-essential-cla…itar-licks-vol-1/
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Guitar Finger Gymnastics
- A simple exercise to warm up the fingers. A must for every guitar player!
- Exercises to improve finger coordination and dexterity. Train the fingers to do what you want them to do on the guitar!
- You will learn steps to take to stretch the fingers. Helps to form the chords and make them sound better!