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If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I broke my nail and was relegated to work on my flatpicking skills until my nail grows back. I thumbed through my Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s and found some great exercises for learning scale patterns and mixing them up to better my soloing. The only problem is that I wanted more than what the magazine was giving me.
A couple of nights ago, I came across a site called GuitarCardio.com and I’m loving it. It’s a scale exercise program where you choose a key (or all keys), select a difficulty level and a starting place for the scale. A series of scales will then be given for you to work on. It’s like a workout plan for you fingers, hence the name “cardio” I’m thinking. The dynamic nature of this system sings to me because I’m not getting bored with the same scales over and over again.
This program is still in it’s infancy so there are some drawbacks like the scales don’t cover the entire fingerboard, lack of customizability and no metronome, to name a few. Brad Heintz, the creator of GuitarCardio.com addresses bugs and feature requests in his blog and has great plans to extend the features and functionality of this program. So maybe we’ll see scales over chord changes and modes in upcoming versions.
Check out the site and give it a whirl and let Brad know what you like and would like to see at GuitarCardio. Brad is open to suggestions and critiques which should make this program the best it can be.