Guitar warm up routine (with TAB)

Jul 15, 2023

THIS daily warm up will sync your left and right hands- and strengthen them.

Put this into your daily guitar warm up practice routine!

A guitar warm up routine will help you strengthen and maintain coordination! These guitar exercises for beginners through to pro get your finger strength and land and right-hand coordination in order! Get loose and limber in this warmup routine below! (refer to the TAB and notation). THIS daily warm up exercise is used by pro legends from Steve Vai to Jeff Loomis.

Here’s part I, so let’s get started. (TAB and VIDEO below!) And then stay posted for part II to really turbo charge your guitar skills!

The first portion of the exercise is Steve Vai-inspired. Huge game changer that will fast track your physical skill and coordination on guitar- along with timing, picking legato! 


  1. Right- and left-hand synchronization. (timing)
  2. Not hearing string interference (anticipate the next string and move left hand index milliseconds ahead of picking)
  3. Getting the 1st note per string louder (accentuated)
  4. Making slurred notes (hammer on/pull off) even in volume (keep them sustained)


  1. Better timing (4 note groupings, or one beat per note)
  2. Better finger strength
  3. Being able to FEEL the rhythm and anticipate the sound (and not just sputter and meander)
  4. Build physical strength in fingers and endurance in the fretting hand.
  5. Focus on this warmup gets your mind in the zone and ready to play.
  6. Ability to use all 4 left hand fingers.
  7. Play both ALL PICKED notes and also SLURRED notes, so you are equipped for maximum technique ability.

You’ll begin to FEEL that set of four, and then you’ll be able to sync left and right hand together a lot easier. This is a good opportunity for a metronome- practice with the click happening on the first note in the group of four. Do 8th notes, then double speed to16ths.

Using slurs (hammer-on, pull off) is another skill unto itself, as is picking every note. Focus on picking the first note per string, and then making the next 4 slurred notes equal in volume. This will allow you to adjust your technique as well as control your fretting hand. This approach REALLY helps you gain fretting hand skill & mastery!

Maintaining your fundamentals on guitar is important. THIS warm up routine is in that fundamentals category.

Imagine you only have 10 minutes, then THIS is what you should work on! It’ll make your scales, licks, and melodies much more effortless. In addition, you’re going to train deadly accurate left- and right-hand coordination as they work together better on timing. 

What to do next with it

Next, each day begin at a DIFFERENT set of four frets and get used to the FEEL of the frets spacings- it will REALLY help you in terms of not only warming up, but the ability to look away and get in tune with the FEEL of the guitar- not just visuals!

After that, try adding the chromatic notes (1/2 steps or one-fret distances) into musical ideas. For example, from fret 1 on the high E (an F note) use the F as a walk up to the 4th fret as the destination (an Ab note). Try that over an F minor chord to spice up the sound.

In summary

The picking portion is fun for an attack/machine gun like sound, and the liquid legato is a great smooth sound- learn to do both!

Keep your eyes open for more articles on excellent warmups and guitar exercises that give you twice (OR MORE!) the results in half the time, my friend…….

Download this FREE Jumpstart Guide to Guitar Warmups and Exercises, sure to tighten your left-right hand skill along with finger strength and coordination! Click here: warmup exercises (

FULL GUIDE to jump start your warmup/exercise for fingers/picking coordination:


Ultimate guitar finger trainer & warmup! (part I)


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