Ok The questions is clear, do you warm up before starting the serious stuff and how do you warm up.
I myself would have said I don't I just pick a track and start playing, until....
Today I started thinking that most of the time I will ingone the backing after a minute or so and start playing some random stuff. Chords and licks/runs.
This time I didn't start a backing, but just fired my DAW and started recording. After a while I felt like combining the warming up licks and chords to see what happens :)
Then it struck me, this way of playing leads to the HBL guitar backings with a simple lead.
Here is the ending of my todays warming-up session ( and my playing to for the day, as a matter of fact)
HalfBlindLefty wrote:Ok The questions is clear, do you warm up before starting the serious stuff and how do you warm up.
I put on an extra pullover and have a glass of whisky!
TBH I just play for a while - usually along with some backing tracks. Then if it starts feeling good maybe think about recording. Gradually increasing how often I play with no BT, but it's much less musically satisfying when I try and do this.
HalfBlindLefty wrote:Here is the ending of my todays warming-up session ( and my playing to for the day, as a matter of fact)
That's a very musical piece of warming up - full of feeling and musically satisfying. Very tasteful.
HalfBlindLefty wrote:Oh... the verb is for VB's pleasure
Naw... I show up at the bar, fling my stuff on stage, set my guitar down in a safe place and get a drink or two and a bowl of chile. Then I tune up my guitars and set one on stage. After another beer,whenever the drummer shows up, I climb up and join in with the band.
"Throw yo' big leg over me Mama, I might not feel this good again!"
Without playing in a band I also could name all my playing just warm-up. I noodle around trying to get my toneport running, adjusting here and there while playing my standard riffs and licks. Sometimes it happens that I open a BT or listen to a song here or at YT and start playing to it.
When I warm up I use some exercises that I found on a jazz guitar site. They include scale playing, string skipping, even note bendings and such stuff. I play through the exercises very slowly (one note in three seconds) first and when I feel comfortable I speed them up a bit. After a while when I feel that my fingers are comfortably warmed up I begin to play the blues scale up and down until it feels comfortable, too. Then I start a little improvising over a backing track. I play about two hours every evening.
I hope this is okay for a beginner at the guitar.
Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, You learn notes to play to the music of your soul.
The only time I warm up right before I continue my learning. What i do it try to find new variations of the basic 12 bar blues and go back and forth for that and the scale. Its probably not the best way to warm up but it always get me to have some fun.
Little Lemon Johnson
"Everybody get the blues. Even babies get the blues"
quote from Andre 3000
My warm up consists of starting on the low E string and running up the fretboard 4 notes at a time and then sliding up a fret on the forth note. when I get to the top I slide down one fret every time I rund down 4 notes. I do this for all strings then just do 4 note runs on each string up and down the neck as well. Then I noodle aroud for a while. A few chords and I am up to my usual poor playing self.
At home, I usually warm up my fingers by playing a scale (penta, myxo, minor har,...etc) over the whole neck for 5 or 10 minutes.
With the band, we usually have no time to do that so we always start with and easy slow song played on acoustic guitar, to warm up everybody, after few beers of course !!!