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Jazz Guitar Lessons: Chuck's Warm-Up Routine

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Chuck's Warm-Up Routine.
So I wanted to take a look
at my warm up routine.
This is something that I do each and
everyday, as I begin my practice session.
It's just a basic warm up that I feel,
really helps me get my fingers warm and
get reacquainted with the parts
of the neck that I'm gonna use
when I get into working on a particular
song or solo that I'm gonna do that day.
As I mentioned at the beginning
of the curriculum,
I do something called guitar
yoga that's how I begin.
I put the metronome on 60 BPM, and
I do it on off beats you can go and
refer to that lesson so
you can hear what I do.
And I play a slow grammatic
scale starting on A
doing alternate picking,
down up down up on the whole thing.
And I do that actually all the way from
this A here
and I do every grammatic scale between
there and the A on the twelfth thread
because I wanna get warmed up in different
areas and feel if I'm relaxed and
feeling good in each muscle that I'm
using in different areas of the guitar
it feels different in different places.
Then, I go to playing my scales in all six
positions, I do this with a metronome as
well all my practice is with a metronome
because you really wanna strengthen your
confidence rhythmically, it's very
important, when you get into playing jazz.
So I put it on 100 BPM that's my normal
practice tempo let's start the metronome.
And then I start here on the first fret,
and I play all six positions,
starting at position one
with my first finger.
Now you hear I'm using the off beat,
I'm using the metronome as an off beat
which is kind of an interesting thing but
it's kinda like I'm practicing jazz here,
I want that to feel like
[SOUND] like it's a jazz beat.
Then I go around the cycle of 4ths,
you can find the cycle of 4ths explained
in detail on the theory section of
the Artist Works website in case you
don't know what it means but you'll see,
I just go up a 4rth each time, basically,
and it eventually takes you back to F.
So I go from F, and I do it,
in the next place is B flat, up one 4th.
Then I jump up to E flat,
a 4th higher than that.
Etcetera, etcetera until I get
all the way back to F again.
I want to point out that sometimes I
play even in an open string position
one time when it occurs on an open
string which in this case is E.
Wow let me do that again.
It's a little tricky, so
everywhere my first finger
would be is now an open string.
I do that just to get you know, that,
the open strings involved in case I
find myself needing it at some
point when I'm improvising.
So then I go forward with that and
I do it in all the six positions,
I won't go through them all now
because you get the idea, but
the next one is the second finger.
I start each one at the lowest place that
I can play it on the neck with a closed
string, and then I take it up to B and
do it there, et cetera, et cetera.
And do it in all twelve keys
going around that cycle of 4ths,
I do that with every position.
So that takes about maybe at 100 BPM,
maybe five to seven minutes to go through
all the keys and all the positions.
Then I like to try to play other scales.
The next thing I do is
all the minor scales.
I start with melodic minor, I do it in the
same order that I taught them in lessons.
So first it's melodic minor
and, and this is in the first position,
I do it in all six positions I
don't go to every key with this,
I do them all in one key,
I pick a, a key each day and
do it I'm doing it in a today the Dorian.
Natural minor.
Let me do that one again.
By the way, when I'm warming up if I slip
up is a little bit like that I do it
again, just so that my fingers get really
comfortable with it then harmonic minor.
So I, I've done my,
I do that in all six positions.
Then I do other scales so
I do my little pentatonic scales.
Remember, you can refer to the diagrams we
made on these scales when we studied in,
in the curriculum.
Do those from every finger l do
the same thing with the blues,
adding the flatted 5th or
the augmented 4th.
So I do those I do a whole tone scale.
I do the diminished scale.
And again this has taken me oh,
another five minutes or so
the whole thing is about 20,
25 minutes and then I do arpeggios.
Now the way I do arpeggios,
Is I go through all kinds of
arpeggios that I outlined before.
And then I made up a little exercise for
myself where I add altered notes to them.
This is a fun thing to do,
when you do this take your time and
really look carefully at it.
What I'll do is I'll take,
first I'll do triads, major,
minor, diminished augmented even.
And then I take the 7th chords and
I just don't do the basic four.
I do them of course, but
I also add altered notes to them.
What do I mean by that?
So I'll take the major 7th arpeggio.
let me do it in different positions so
you see another example.
And I'll take that one and I'll say,
well, what if I sharp the 5th of that?
I raise the 5th, so it's a major sev,
major 7th augmented chord.
And maybe make it a 6-9 chord,
a 6 major 7 with a 9.
That's a funny one make it
a dominant chord, of course.
And make it dominant with a raised 5th.
Interesting sound, right?
Dominant with a flat 5th.
I've, I've come up with
a whole routine of my own, but
you can take these yourself and
come up with something to make yourself
play a little bit different shape.
It's a kinda the last
part of my warm up so
i'm trying to push myself
a little into the practice area.
So that's my basic warm up everyday,
it's a really good 20,
25 minute thing that helps me get really,
really warmed up.
If you don't have the time to do all
of it, you can just do part of it.
But it is important, before you start
practicing, play at a nice, even tempo and
get yourself feeling really good before
you dive into thing, so your hand isn't
tense when you get into practicing
the lines and exercises we're working on.