All That Jazz: Learn to Burn — My Approach to Warming Up

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Hello, and welcome to my new column for Guitar World. I’d like to begin this series of columns with a look at a topic all guitar players face on a daily basis: how to warm up in ways that are both physically effective and musically rewarding.

Most of the time, I warm up just by playing. I usually start with single-note lines, played in time, and move freely around the fretboard. Often, I’ll start each day with a bunch of stuff that I had been working on the night before. I’m always trying to learn, because each new bit of knowledge and skill offers a path to greater musical sounds and ideas. For that reason, I’ll often work on new musical ideas while warming up physically by putting on a metronome and freely riffing over the beat.