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Learning Guitar Scales: 4 Steps to Effective Practice

Learning scales is quite a task and how you go about practicing guitar scales makes all the difference. No doubt it’s challenging, but learning to play them fluidly up and down the fretboard is so rewarding. While it takes time and effort to achieve, it can be simplified with a four step process that can make your practice much more effective.

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Beginner Fingerpicking Exercises for Guitar

If you started learning guitar with a pick, fingerpicking can seem a bit daunting as your picking hand will likely be a bit stiff and uncoordinated. Not to worry though. In this lesson we’ll go through some fingerpicking exercises that’ll help get your fingers in shape and moving smoothly across the strings.

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7 Pentatonic Scale Exercises to Master the Box Shapes

The pentatonic scale may be the most versatile scale in music. If there’s one scale guitar players must master, this is the one. In this lesson we’re going to look at some pentatonic scale exercises to help you thoroughly learn the scale patterns and play through them fluidly with flawless technique.

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Bending Exercises for Guitar

To me, there’s no guitar technique that’s more satisfying to the ear than bends, which explains why I gravitate to guitar players like David Gilmour, Slash, and Warren Haynes. The subtle nuances of a player’s bending technique capture more emotion and feeling than any other technique by far.

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Guy playing arpeggios on guitar

Arpeggio Exercises for Guitar

Arpeggios are great tools to be used in music, but they can take a little time to get under your fingers. In this lesson, we’ll take a look at a few approaches to practicing arpeggios that not only build technique, but also improve musicality and overall knowledge of the fretboard.

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Guy playing hammer-ons on guitar

Essential Hammer-On and Pull-Off Exercises for Guitar

In this lesson we’re going to work on two foundational techniques of guitar playing, hammer-ons and pull-offs. At first these techniques may feel a bit difficult and awkward, but with focused practice they’ll become an integral part of your playing.

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Alternate Picking Exercises for Clean, Accurate Picking Hand Technique

With so much attention given to the left hand when playing guitar, right hand technique is a frequently overlooked. With little or no dedicated attention, the right hand seems to be dragged along for the ride with the progression of left hand technique. What can happen over time is the development of left hand technique becomes limited by the slower developing right hand, and progress as a whole slows to a crawl.