How to Warm Up on the Classical Guitar – 15 Ways

How do you warm up on the classical guitar? How do you get your practice session off to a great start? There is no one-size-fits-all approach, but it’s important to be intentional about your warm-up.

Just as an athlete needs to warm up to make sure his body and mind are ready for intense activity, a musician needs to warm up to prepare mentally and physically for the demands of a practice session.

Warming up is not the same as working on the limits of your technique and pushing your speed.

Instead, it is about reviewing the fundamentals, reconnecting with the instrument, and feeling comfortable diving into the more intense work of practice.

Though the warm-up can include scales, arpeggios, and slurs, you need to work through these techniques slowly to warm up. Later in your practice session, you can supercharge your speed.

As you seek to design a warm-up that works for you, consider including several of the following elements:

How to Take Music Reading to the Next Level

Recently, a friend contacted me on Facebook expressing frustration that his music students did not read staff notation well. They used the written fingerings on the page as a crutch. They read the first note and then relied on finger numbers rather than notes.

This is a common challenge. Reading staff notation is a complex skill. Many students shy away from the mental effort involved.

How do you deal with this challenge? How do you help students deeply engage with staff notation? Here are some approaches that will help:

How to Solve Problems on the Guitar

How do you solve problems when you play guitar? I know, you don’t have any problems, but if you did. Or maybe you have this friend who has problems with their guitar playing…

When you practice, you start at the beginning of a piece. You keep going until that one part you can’t play well. Now what? Do you just start over at the beginning and hope for the best? Maybe you’ll get lucky this time.

Is it fun to run through a piece? Sure. Running through the whole piece is fine for a piece you have learned well. It can be an important part of preparing for performance.

But simply playing from the beginning isn’t always the most effective approach. Sometimes you need to solve problems. Scott Tennant says that if you can spend 30 minutes solving a problem so that you never have the same problem again, that is time well spent. So what does this mean?

It means taking something you can’t play and converting it to something you can. Changing inconsistent to consistent. Transforming lackluster to exciting.

Be intentional about solving problems in your playing. Make it part of your practice approach. How?

How to Master the Guitar – Here’s the Easy Button

How do you master the guitar? Is there an easy button? Yes! Every guitar player has access to a way to make guitar playing easy. A magic trick. A cheat code. I know you think I’m exaggerating, but I can’t use words strong enough to emphasize how truly effective this approach is. I think most top guitarists agree with me.

What if there was a way you could play the right notes and right rhythms the first time and every time? What if you could immediately play the dynamic shaping you want? The phrasing you want? What if you could immediately play comfortably and effortlessly?

Is there a way you can master the guitar? What’s the easy button? The trick? The secret weapon?