Best Guitar Exercises for an Intermediate Guitarist

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Chords, Exercises, Fingerstyle, Improvisation, Intermediate, Scales

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Congratulations on progressing to an intermediate level of guitar playing! Now, it's crucial to improve your skills by doing challenging exercises that take you out of your comfort zone. In this blog, we'll show you some exercises to help you get better at fingerstyle, chords, and improvisation.


Exercise 1: Fingerstyle Patterns

Fingerstyle guitar playing involves using your fingers to pluck the strings instead of using a pick. This technique can create intricate melodies and harmonies, making it a popular style of playing for many guitarists.

One exercise to practice is playing guitar arpeggios using fingerstyle. Begin with basic chords such as C, G, and Am. Pluck each string separately in a specific pattern, like PIMA or PIA. You can also experiment with different finger picking patterns to create your own unique style.


Exercise 2: Guitar Chord Progressions

Chord progressions are a crucial element of songwriting and playing guitar. One exercise to improve your chord progressions is to play the same chord progression in different keys.

Start with a simple pattern such as G-D-Em-C. Experiment with playing it in different keys like A-E-F#m-D or C-G-Am-F. This will not only improve your familiarity with different keys but also challenge your muscle memory to play the same chords in different positions on the fretboard.

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Exercise 3: Scale Exercises

Playing scales is an important exercise for building your finger strength, dexterity, and accuracy. To get better at playing scales, practice playing the major scale in various positions on the guitar. Start by playing the scale in the open position, then move up the neck to the 5th, 7th, and 12th fret positions. You can also practice playing the scale using different fingerings and string combinations.


Exercise 4: Improvisation

Improvisation is a skill that many guitarists aspire to master, and it requires a lot of practice and experimentation. To get better at improvising, try playing along with a backing track in a certain key or chord sequence. Start with a simple chord progression like G-D-Em-C and experiment with different scales and modes that fit with the progression. Try to focus on phrasing and developing your own unique style.


Exercise 5: Rhythm and Timing

Playing guitar requires good rhythm and timing. Practice exercises to improve your sense of timing and rhythm are important. You can practice by using a metronome or drum machine. The goal is to stay in time and in sync with the beat. You can also experiment with different time signatures, such as 3/4 or 6/8, to challenge yourself.


By doing these exercises often, you'll improve your guitar skills and challenge yourself to reach higher levels of playing. Remember to take breaks when needed, and always focus on good guitar technique and posture. With time and practice, you'll be playing like a pro in no time!

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