in relation to the "Show me a chord"-thread I started at the "Play" forum, there is something else I felt like putting here:
Letīs talk warmups ! I got feedback regarding my recent articles for iBreathe, and some people asked about more examples for warmups.
So, right here I would like to give away one of my favorite warmups and I would like to suggest posting your favorite warmups here... tell us which warmups you use, show us the ones that have proven helpful to you...
OK, the one that I like to use a lot is a warmup based on add9-chords. It is actually the intro riff of "Atlanta Dawn", a song by the Eric Vandenberg Band.
As I mentioned in my articles, it is not a good idea to warm up by playing difficult licks at high speed... after all, a runner doesnt warm up by running a mile at high-speed, he starts with some easy warm up exercises.
So, the lick I am gonna show you today might not be extremely fast or difficult, but it warms up your left hand due to the involved stretches and also forces you to concentrate on accuracy and synchronisation of your hands ( alternate picking throughout ! )
Here is the TAB:
Keep repeating it a few times.
If you feel like it, transpose it and play it in the lower areas of the neck, where the stretches are even wider...
Here is a MIDI of the lick. To hear the riff being used in context, check out the MP3 of "Atlanta Dawn" by the Eric Vandenberg Band... you can find it at our website
Ok, hope you like this one. And I would like to see more warmups by you guys, so go ahead and post your favorites...