Using Your Warm Up Routine To Become More Melodic – Guitar Lesson – Part 1 – Finger Twisters

This video is at the request of some of my students. They wanted to know what to do for a warm up. So rather than just run a bunch of scales I developed a three part system to use your warm up routine as a way to become more melodic. This video is the first in that series. While the exercises may not sound pretty they are designed to give you finger dexterity and a strong right and left hand connection. This will help you drastically in your pursuit of becoming more melodic. It gives us the freedom to create whatever we want by having the technique to do it. Part two and three will focus on becoming more melodic. Part two will focus on rhythm. Part three will be about melodic lead playing. Hope you enjoy it.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below! Thanks so much for watching! If you got a benefit from this lesson pass it along and share it with friends!


  1. I never thought I could do it, I'm 61 and have been playing old school all my life, you make me play good!
    Envy your setup though, I play a 40$ pawnshop Ibanez through a home made 25 watts tube amp, with your help, I friggin rock!
    I don't know how to thank you enough! You are the master of relaxed playing!
    I now know my fretboard!

  2. I found these to be a really helpful in forcing me to limber up before diving in to play and the finger twisting and mixing is what I love about these moves. The exercises have definitely helped with my technique and as you said, which has allowed me to play cool stuff because of improvement in technical abilities. I do look forward to the melodic exercises. Like Gary Hoey playing Linus and Lucy! Something familiar and catchy but challenging

  3. Great information and well done video. Hopefully when I grow up someday, I'll be able to follow in the footprints of the Great and Noble PapaStache. I'm only 62 now, but I'm growing mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and musically. Pray for me, Father Papastache, that I might not stray nor fall from the Faith of the Papastache Temple of Wisdom and Understanding. God Bless, my amigo.

  4. Thanks for the free exercise. This will help! And it would be great to have some rhythm exercises in lead-playing, cause they are quite rare. I like the way you teach, just in a style to understand.

  5. Thanks Papa,these exercises are my biggest challenge esp since I have bricklayers hands ( short fat fingers) ;)

  6. Thanks Papa! I know it'll help.

  7. Great lesson as always.. btw I'm curious about the outcome of your visit to Chicago Music Exchange ! :P

  8. GuitarCommander16

    could you do a lesson on improving legato strength similar to Satriani's legato or anything similar that would be awesome!!Thanks Papa great lesson!!!

  9. thanks brett

  10. YTIsTakingOverMyLife

    Then how do you warm up to get fast fingers? As you said, you're older now so not that appealing, but I'm still young and looking for exercises to get speed like you already have.
    Great video!

  11. the stash is back the moe cool keep real music alive we are needing music to be the key to good health

  12. I play a 4 note per string chromatic descending riff, not unlike your first exercise for the song "Rock Around The Clock". It's hard for me to do fast enough, so I practice it a lot. I like your practice methods. Gotta keep those fingers agile! Looking forward to the other up and coming lessons. Thanks PS. Melody rules!

  13. Thanks Papa Stache :), those warm up techniques demonstrated can you the same format to practice hammer ons and pull offs to develop finger strength and dexterity?

  14. are your frets jumbo or medium jumbo? much better feel and playablity than the standard thin frets most strats have, no?

  15. Great vid Stache! Been looking for some technique exercises. Thanks.

  16. would this help with David Gilmour Melodic soloing and how about Melodic guitar triplets two.

  17. Adivaldo Antônio Fernandes Benevides

    muito bom

  18. I'm curious about your perspective on posture and the classical style of playing with the guitar resting on your non-dominant leg, especially when it comes to playing an acoustic while sitting. How important is it really?

  19. Great advise, usually I neglect chromatic exercises but now I see that they have their purpose

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