Play better than ever with these 5 essential guitar warm-up exercises

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Hello everyone, and welcome to my new column for Guitar World. Over the course of this series of lessons it is my intention to address the many different and fascinating aspects of playing in the style of gypsy jazz guitar and to demonstrate the approaches I use for both practice and performance.

I’d like to begin by sharing a series of warm-up exercises, ones that function as position exercises in regard to proper placement of the fret-hand fingers. These exercises also address the cyclical aspects of rhythm in a manner along the lines of the way musicians from India approach rhythm. 

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