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Prior to a game, match or contest, an athlete will typically prepare by going through a "warm up" routine to loosen up and stretch their muscles.As a guitarist you will want to do the same. Whether getting ready to play a gig with a band, going out to "jam" with some friends, or just diving into your next lesson - it is a good idea to get into the habit of warming up your fingers ahead of time.
Ironically, one of the best ways to warm up for the guitar is to play it!
Below is the TAB (see "How to Read TAB") for an exercise that I have used for many years to prepare for gigs. It is just a simple chromatic warm up routine.
Chromatic Warm Up Exercise
Another thing you can do to help warm up your fingers is to just play through some songs or chord progressions. Just by going through a few chord changes and mixing it up between open chords and barre chords, you will find that in a very short amount of time you will be ready to rock and roll!
Keith Dean is founder of AdultGuitarLessons.com and a 30 year veteran of stage and studio. He toured extensively as a road musician throughout the US and Europe, was a former lead guitarist for Jason Aldean, and has shared stages with Little Big Town, Wild Rose, Winger, Confederate Railroad and more. He is a published songwriter, owned and operated a successful music store, and has instructed numerous students in guitar.