Guitar Warm Up Exercises: TABS

“Just focus on loosening and warming up, nothing more. These exercises aren’t to build technique, just to get warmed up.”

Options for doing the warm-ups

Option 1:
Complete the pattern on one string, every fret then down a string.
Option 2:
Complete the pattern on one fret position and all the strings, then move up a fret after you go up and back.

Try alternate picking. It’s a good habit to get into. Alternate picking just means up and down picking.

Single Warm Up Patterns: Single String

Guitar warm up exercise 1

|-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-4-3-2-1-------------|
|---------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------4-3-2-1-----|
|-------------------------1-2-3-4---------------------------------4-3-|
|-----------------1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------|
|---------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|-2-1----------------------------|
|-----4-3-2-1--------------------|
|-------------4-3-2-1------------|
|---------------------4-3-2-1----|

Guitar warm up exercise 2

|-----------------------------------------1-3-2-4-4-2-3-1-------------|
|---------------------------------1-3-2-4-----------------4-2-3-1-----|
|-------------------------1-3-2-4---------------------------------4-2-|
|-----------------1-3-2-4---------------------------------------------|
|---------1-3-2-4-----------------------------------------------------|
|-1-3-2-4-------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|-3-1----------------------------|
|-----4-2-3-1--------------------|
|-------------4-2-3-1------------|
|---------------------4-2-3-1----|

Guitar warm up exercise 3

|-----------------------------------------1-4-2-3-2-3-1-4-------------|
|---------------------------------1-4-2-3-----------------2-3-1-4-----|
|-------------------------1-4-2-3---------------------------------2-3-|
|-----------------1-4-2-3---------------------------------------------|
|---------1-4-2-3-----------------------------------------------------|
|-1-4-2-3-------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|-1-4----------------------------|
|-----2-3-1-4--------------------|
|-------------2-3-1-4------------|
|---------------------2-3-1-4----|

Guitar warm up exercise 4

|-----------------------------------------3-2-4-1-4-1-3-2-------------|
|---------------------------------3-2-4-1-----------------4-1-3-2-----|
|-------------------------3-2-4-1---------------------------------4-1-|
|-----------------3-2-4-1---------------------------------------------|
|---------3-2-4-1-----------------------------------------------------|
|-3-2-4-1-------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|-3-2----------------------------|
|-----4-1-3-2--------------------|
|-------------4-1-3-2------------|
|---------------------4-1-3-2----|

Guitar warm up exercise 5

|-----------------------------------------2-4-1-3-3-1-4-2-------------|
|---------------------------------2-4-1-3-----------------3-1-4-2-----|
|-------------------------2-4-1-3---------------------------------3-1-|
|-----------------2-4-1-3---------------------------------------------|
|---------2-4-1-3-----------------------------------------------------|
|-2-4-1-3-------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|-4-2----------------------------|
|-----3-1-4-2--------------------|
|-------------3-1-4-2------------|
|---------------------3-1-4-2----|

Guitar warm up exercise 6

|-----------------------------------------2-3-4-1-4-1-2-3-------------|
|---------------------------------2-3-4-1-----------------4-1-2-3-----|
|-------------------------2-3-4-1---------------------------------4-1-|
|-----------------2-3-4-1---------------------------------------------|
|---------2-3-4-1-----------------------------------------------------|
|-2-3-4-1-------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|-2-3----------------------------|
|-----4-1-2-3--------------------|
|-------------4-1-2-3------------|
|---------------------4-1-2-3----|

Guitar warm up exercise 7

|-----------------------------------------3-4-1-2-4-3-1-2-------------|
|---------------------------------3-4-1-2-----------------4-3-1-2-----|
|-------------------------3-4-1-2---------------------------------4-3-|
|-----------------3-4-1-2---------------------------------------------|
|---------3-4-1-2-----------------------------------------------------|
|-3-4-1-2-------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|-1-2----------------------------|
|-----4-3-1-2--------------------|
|-------------4-3-1-2------------|
|---------------------4-3-1-2----|

String Skipping Guitar Warm Up Exercises

Guitar string skipping warm up exercise 1

|---------------------3-4-1-2------------------------|
|-----------------1-2---------3-4--------------------|
|-------------3-4-----------------1-2----------------|
|---------1-2-------------------------3-4------------|
|-----3-4---------------------------------1-2--------|
|-1-2-----------------------------------------3-4----|

Guitar string skipping warm up exercise 2

|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------3-4-1-2-----1-2-|
|-------------------------------------3-4-1-2-----1-2---------3-4-----|
|---------------------3-4-1-2-----1-2---------3-4---------------------|
|-----3-4-1-2-----1-2---------3-4-------------------------------------|
|-1-2---------3-4-----------------------------------------------------|

|-3-4-1-2---------3-4---------------------------------------------------|
|---------3-4-1-2-----1-2---------3-4-----------------------------------|
|-------------------------3-4-1-2-----1-2---------3-4-------------------|
|-----------------------------------------3-4-1-2-----1-2---------3-4---|
|---------------------------------------------------------3-4-1-2-----1-|
|------------------------------------------------------continue pattern-|

Guitar string skipping warm up exercise 2

|-------------------------------------------------------------------2-|
|---------------------------------------------------2-3-4-1-------1---|
|-----------------------------------2-3-4-1-------1---------4-3-2-----|
|-------------------2-3-4-1-------1---------4-3-2---------------------|
|---2-3-4-1-------1---------4-3-2-------------------------------------|
|-1---------4-3-2-----------------------------------------------------|

|-3-4-1-4-1---------4-3-2-----------------------------------------------|
|-----------2-3-4-1-------1---------4-3-2-------------------------------|
|---------------------------2-3-4-1-------1---------4-3-2---------------|
|-------------------------------------------2-3-4-1-------1---------4-3-|
|-----------------------------------------------------------2-3-4-1-----|
|------------------------------------------------------continue pattern-|

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