30 Days to Building Better Guitar Technique: Volume 1

Welcome to GI’s series, “30 Days to Building Better Guitar Technique: Volume 1,” glad you’re here. These articles, the first volume in a multi-part series, lay out 30 exercises to develop better left and right-hand technique.

Though these exercises may seem simple to some of us more experienced players, they are staples of the daily routines of guitarists of all level, both professional and non-professional alike.

The exercises are presented in order of easiest to hardest, but if you feel like mixing things up to provide an extra layer of variety in your practice routine this month feel free to do so. I suggest spending about 10 minutes a day on each exercise. And always work with a metronome.

These exercises are designed to slowly build a solid technical foundation through short practice sessions done every day, for a 30 day period. They are divided into groups, where the first day in each group presents an exercise and then the next 2 or 3 days in the group are variations on that initial pattern.

This is not a “get rich quick scheme” for guitar technique. Instead, these exercises are designed to deliver results in both the short and long term, while not eating up all of your practice time, leaving you with ample time to pursue other guitar interests.

So get out your axe, turn on your favorite metronome, pour your favorite hot beverage and get ready to Increase Your Guitar Technique in 30 Days!

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The Exercises

Group 1

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Group 2

Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

Group 3

Day 9
Day 10
Day 11

Group 4

Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15

Group 5

Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19

Group 6

Day 20
Day 21
Day 22
Day 23

Group 7

Day 24
Day 25
Day 26

Group 8

Day 27
Day 28
Day 29
Day 30

 

About the Author

Dr. Matthew Warnock is a jazz educator and performer in Manchester, UK. He owns and operates www.mattwarnockguitar, a free online resource for jazz guitarists and is on the faculty of the Leeds College of Music. You can connect with him on Facebook as well as sign up for his free weekly jazz newsletter, where you’ll get free copies of his ebook “10 Essential ii-V-I Licks” and “5 Essential Jazz Scale Techniques” when you sign up.