Acoustic Guitar Warm Up “Spiderfingers”

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Hey there, Tony Polecastro. Today we’re going to look at the spider fingers warm-up exercise. This is an exercise that will increase your overall finger independence and dexterity. 

What we’re going to do — I should first say that since it’s the spider fingers exercise, you’re going to notice it sounds a little bit like a horror movie, and the way your fingers move looks like a spider. Getting into the spider fingers exercise, what we’re going to do is pair the pointer and ring finger, and the middle and pinky finger. 

Starting on the first fret, we’re going to play 1, 3, 2, 4, on the low E string all the way up to the high E string. Once we get to the high E string, we’re going to move up one fret and then start on the pinky finger and then go from the pinky to the middle from the ring to the pointer, and go 5, 3, 4, 2, 5, 3, 4, 2. 

This is a finger exercise that you can take up the whole neck of the guitar. I’m going to show you the first two groupings, one ascending and one descending, and you can take it as far as you wish. Good luck.