Synchronize And Stretch (Guitar Lesson)

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Allen Van Wert

Synchronize And Stretch

Allen shows you a great exercise set that helps with synchronizing your hands as well as stretching your left hand.

Taught by Allen Van Wert in Speed And Technique seriesLength: 8:18Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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ChaosRevenantChaosRevenant replied

This exercise is certainly useful. Lamb of God has a song called Blood of the Scribe where the chorus on guitar utilizes this exercise pattern. They use it at 1:39 to 1:42 Also The Crimson Armada uses this same exercise pattern in one of their songs The Serpents Tongue at 2:10 to 2:51

fmackinnon3fmackinnon3 replied

My index finger seems to want to migrate up to the second fret when i get to the 1st and 2nd strings. Is that normal? or should i be pressing harder with my index?

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

Same here so it is normal. I press it harder when it starts happening.

keltiebrucekeltiebruce replied

Allen, I have just started the guitar about a month ago and I am having a lot of fun going through Phase one. My whole family is very supportive of giving m the time to dedicate to practice start having problems with stupid fingers but the exercise help tremendously. I have a background in Kinesiology and your creativity toward exercising the fingers makes a whole lot of sense. Brutal but very helpful. keep going, love your style. Thanks.

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

I like that ancillary professions I mention and or use in my technique of learning guitar have been validated by the people involved in them. A LOT! It makes me very happy.

rivalrival replied

Not sure but I may have missed something...if you are holding down the middle.ring or pinky, you must lift it for the top strings to get the other notes?

mattias1994mattias1994 replied

tried these out and the other legato ones and it's the only exercise i could really tell it makes a different to my hand these speed lessons are not only good for building speed and these exercise should be out there for beginners as well thanks allen this is what i've been looking for

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

Awesome! You're welcome

buckeyestevebuckeyesteve replied

This one sucks!!!!!! Thanks though.

urieldurield replied

thank you so much!!!

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

yw

ealunlloydealunlloyd replied

Hey Allen, you rule man!! I've studied classical in Argentina (that's were I am from) and they tortured me a lot with four books from Abel Carlevaro wich are specially designed for building up your hands, you might wanna check them out. They have some very similar exercises and many more. Regards from Esquel, Patagonia Argentina!

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

Thank you!

ivan mendezivan mendez replied

For the past years i've been practicing scales back and forth everyday including "semi hard" warm ups, but I got to the point where I needed something new to keep growing and this looks like a real challenge. Thanks for the lesson Allan!! I'm excited to work on this EVERYDAY and see what happens.

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

How is the progress?

51panrider51panrider replied

Allen, the exercises have really helped me. Thanks alot Man, I'm really looking forward to future lessons.

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

You are welcome! thanks for checking it out

miche.fambromiche.fambro replied

I like the way that feels. That's a goodie Allen.

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

Thanks!

isserisser replied

what kinda guitar u got there,& i love the exercise but its brutal!!!!

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

Home made one.

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied

You need to do a 'lesson' on this guitar of yours. :)

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

haha

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied

This is something that evan a total beginner like myself can do, and needs to do. I have a lot of stretching and coordination problems, and I believe this will help me a lot. I am gonna give it a try! Thanks Allen!

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

Keep up the good work

eitanprouserepiceitanprouserepic replied

love it man. this series is kicking my arms ass, but its totally helping.

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

It sometimes hurts a little to make big progress

krazyfngazkrazyfngaz replied

This looks brutal, excited to give it a shot

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied

nice

Speed And Technique

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Allen "Robot" Van Wert teaches his approach to developing technique necessary for fast playing.



Series Introduction And Picking PrimerLesson 1

Series Introduction And Picking Primer

Allen kicks off his technique series with a primer lesson on right hand picking.

Length: 30:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Rudimentary DrillsLesson 2

Rudimentary Drills

Allen shows you the 24 rudiments crucial to developing finger dexterity.

Length: 7:22 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Left Hand Endurance BuildingLesson 3

Left Hand Endurance Building

Allen shows an amazing muscle building exercise that really works out the left hand!

Length: 9:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Fundamental Picking ExerciseLesson 4

Fundamental Picking Exercise

This lesson covers an exercise that works on all the major picking techniques.

Length: 11:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Synchronize And StretchLesson 5

Synchronize And Stretch

Allen shows you a great exercise set that helps with synchronizing your hands as well as stretching your left hand.

Length: 8:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The SystemLesson 6

The System

Allen Van Wert explains his system of programming, reinforcing, and forgetting primary functions of guitar playing. This system is a long term practice routine that will take some time to fully implement...

Length: 50:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Interval ExercisesLesson 7

Interval Exercises

This is the next step after you have learned Allen's "system". If you follow Allen's teachings you are sure to have a deep understanding of intervals and scales.

Length: 21:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Triad Arpeggio ExercisesLesson 8

Triad Arpeggio Exercises

First, Allen gives a pop quiz for you to check your own ability to visualize the fretboard. Then he gives exercises for programming your triad arpeggios.

Length: 21:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Seventh Arpeggio ExercisesLesson 9

Seventh Arpeggio Exercises

Allen Van Wert shows you how to apply his systematic practice approach to 7th arpeggios. If you are just discovering this series make sure to start at the beginning or some things may not make sense.

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Fretboard AdvancementLesson 10

Fretboard Advancement

Allen briefly explains how he refers to modes in the context of this lesson and then shows you how to grow your knowledge of the fretboard.

Length: 15:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Rut Busting ExercisesLesson 11

Rut Busting Exercises

Get out of that rut with these exercises from Allen Van Wert!

Length: 10:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Basic TappingLesson 12

Basic Tapping

Allen returns to his speed and technique lesson series with a look at the basics of tapping. This lesson will act as a primer for more advanced tapping concepts and eventual speed increases as well!

Length: 30:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Using Tapping to Extend Your RangeLesson 13

Using Tapping to Extend Your Range

Allen is back with the next installment in his look at tapping. In this lesson Allen discusses and demonstrates how you can use tapping to easily extend your range while playing.

Length: 11:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Single String TappingLesson 14

Single String Tapping

Allen is back with more tapping goodness! This time around, he discusses single string tapping.

Length: 10:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Multi-String TappingLesson 15

Multi-String Tapping

By this time you should have a pretty strong grasp of tapping basics and be proficient at tapping on one string. In lesson 15 of his Speed and Technique series, Allen starts working you up to tapping...

Length: 14:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Tapped Octave Minor PentatonicLesson 16

Tapped Octave Minor Pentatonic

In this lesson Allen demonstrates an octave displaced, tapped, minor pentatonic scale. This can be useful for solo work and getting around chord changes!

Length: 10:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Emulating KeyboardsLesson 17

Emulating Keyboards

Allen is back with a comprehensive look what what many people call "Touch Tapping." Allen likes to describe this as emulating a keyboard on the guitar.

Length: 32:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Combining Tapping TechniquesLesson 18

Combining Tapping Techniques

Now that you should have most of the tapping techniques under your fingers, it's time to put them all together. In this lesson Allen provides you with a piece of music that encompasses all of the techniques...

Length: 11:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
String Skipping ExercisesLesson 19

String Skipping Exercises

To wrap up his current film session and look at the speed and technique series, Allen provides a lesson based around exercises to build your string skipping technique.

Length: 29:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Allen Van Wert

About Allen Van Wert View Full Biography Allen Van Wert got the nickname "ROBOT" from his unusual guitar tapping techniques that often sound like a video game more than a guitar. He has studied and played a wide variety of genres. His experimental and eclectic amalgamation of music combining shred guitar, crazy tapping techniques, and electronically infused composition contrasted by a highly emotional soft melodic side, make his debut album a really fun and interesting listen for just about anyone.

Allen has recorded guitar for the famed video game soundtrack composer Jesper Kyd (Composer of Hitman, Splinter Cell and many other big title games) as well as composing and recording for movie trailers and TV commercials. He has also been producing, recording and co-writing for local artists in his small home/project studio.

His three books on guitar technique, ear training and songwriting have helped many students over the past couple of years. Allen has also played in various cover bands in many genres since the age of 16 and has played to over 5000 on a few occasions. He was a featured guest musician on the album "West Coast Shred Fest".

In his spare time, Allen programs video games for fun. Wooo!

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