3 Exercises for PERFECT Acoustic Intros...

If you are going to do acoustic guitar intro practice then you better make sure it’s as close to perfect as possible. In this video, I’m going to show you 3 perfect acoustic guitar intro exercises that will instantly improve your acoustic intros... 

These ideas will help to work your open string sound, your suspended and extended chords, as well as, your scale and arpeggio lines.

Once you begin putting these ideas to work the exercise selections will offer new concepts that will make a big change to your phrasing, your acoustic style and your overall sound.

Make no mistake, training on these acoustic intros does not have to be a compromise. I’ll show you exactly how to build bigger, better sounding intros regardless of whether you have very much experience or not.


I am happy to bring to you a collection of “Perfect” Acoustic Guitar intro Exercises that you can start doing right away.

These exercises are not only straight-forward to take in and start using, but the best part is that they will expose you to some important acoustic intro playing that will be excellent for helping you develop sounds that apply things like; 

  • Lush open string ideas
  • New ways to generate extended harmony
Plus we’ll also cover some ways of adding scale and arpeggio filler lines that work great for new ideas, and they will go a long way to help lead you toward some really cool sounds for your intro parts.

The first idea that I want to cover involves adding in open strings around smaller fretted intervals along the span of the guitar neck.

Now, there really are no concrete rules to doing this (other than, if… ‘what you establish’ as interval shapes sounds really terrible, maybe you might want to shift up or down a few frets until you discover an interval pattern that does work well against your selected open strings).

Of course, theoretically, you’ll want to keep in mind that when you work within key signatures that have fewer sharps or flats – those keys will offer you more open string possibilities.

Let's run through an example of doing an exercise like this.

I’ve taken a small 2-note “A Minor” interval in 5th position and added - open 5th and open 2nd strings around the interval. Plus, I’ve included a small 2-note “C major” shape above it - in 9th position.

After that, to fill up the impact of those sounds, I’ve also got an open “G Major” chord, as well as, another open “C” and an open “D” harmony as well.

Here’s how it all sounds when all of the parts come together as a riff…

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The second “acoustic guitar intro exercise” that I have for you works around planning out the application of extended and suspended chords.

These colors of harmony are quite rich, and when they get used within an intro, they work fantastic for establishing a dreamy – lush musical effect that will help grab the attention of your listener.

This will help bring the listener into a particular mood for the piece of music that you’re composing. Now, I’ve created an example for you to try that uses some suspended 2nd and suspended 4th chords along with an extended chord of Major 6th.

This exercise begins from a 5th position “D” suspended 2nd chord, and that chord is lasting for the entire measure. The next measure is taking us into the sound of an open position “C” suspended 4th that moves out of the suspension into a “C” Major chord within that same bar of music.

In the 3rd measure, we have an “F” major 6 chord show up with an arpeggiated play through and that chord takes us into our final measure where we have a “Bb” suspended 4th chord moving over into a “Bb” major barre chord.

Here’s how the entire progression sounds when everything comes together.

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The 3rd exercise that I have for you involves including the sound of passing lines built from scales and arpeggios that are related to the key signature of the underlying harmony.

I’ve created an example for you that demonstrates how to approach this type of an exercise. The example is in the key of “A Minor” and it works through this type of sound using “A Minor” scales and some arpeggios that are related to the key.

You’ll find this style of intro used a lot. So when you work on exercises that explore this type of sound, you probably won’t find it very difficult to apply this stuff into a composition.

In this phrase, we’re starting out with a sound of just a couple of tones taken out of an open position, “A Minor” chord. From there, we’re applying scale tones from the 2nd position, “A Natural Minor Scale.”

That scale acts as a way to connect up into the next chord which will be highlighted by way of ‘major triad arpeggios’ from the 4th string root to cover a “G and an F” major chord.

The sound of the “A Minor” harmony returns with another scale run in the third measure. And, to wrap up the phrase a couple of 2-note intervals are used to highlight the sounds of a “C Major,” as well as, a “G Major” chord.

Here’s how it sounds when all of the parts come together...

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Spending time to work through these exercises will help you to start toward some very good changes to the way you approach "acoustic guitar intro sections" in your music.

You’ll find that your daily practice in this area will help you with improving your ability to use ideas like; lush open string sound effects, along with extended and suspended chords, plus you'll learn how to begin adding in those single note scale and arpeggio phrases.

These techniques will go a long way toward having major differences occur with respect to your acoustic guitar intro parts.

After a few weeks of doing this, you’ll start noticing some great things start to happen!

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