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Matt_Malmsteen
05-11-2006, 05:18 PM
Someone mentioned practising in the random shred chat a while back, so I got to wondering do you guys have a set regime and what it is?
and if not how do you practice?

metal_man12
05-11-2006, 05:49 PM
i ususally do the chromatic scale starting on a, then starting on the 12 fret, then all of the degrees of the major mode in a, then all of em starting on the 12 fret, then i practice alt picking arpeggios, sweeping the arpeggios, and then random licks from songs, such as: the theme for glasgow kiss, the first "fast" alt picking lick in no boundaries, and etc

PooKoo
05-11-2006, 05:50 PM
I have no practice schedule WHATSOEVER.

just jam all day and all night, and work on everything ic ant play. If i need to learn a technique, ill learn a song, but usually i dont even learn songs.

Gman400
05-11-2006, 06:02 PM
Usually start off with different chromatic stuff including permutations and using the entire neck. Then I fool around in the modes with different sequences and stuff. The I play whatever I've been practicing recently, be it songs or little licks. Then once I'm really warm i try playing short sequences as fast as I can. Then I look at songs I've been interested in learning parts from and whatnot. Then to finish I do the original chromatic excercises but as fast as I can.

Vital remains
05-11-2006, 06:04 PM
i play a few major key legato riffs in the 1-5 fret area to get my left hand loose, then a play some of those tap-arpeggio things to get my right hand going. sometimes i play chromatics

splice
05-11-2006, 10:05 PM
ive got a HUGE routine i do everyday.....twice

basically every technique there is from alternate to sweep picking to tapping to legato to basically everything.......its freakin awesome i love it.......basically a few exercises i found in the steve vai 10 hour workout combined with some from like 79 other online lessons from here and www.ibreathemusic.com ........i do the modes pretty much every way you can.....theres like soooo many variations of chromatics and 2 nps 3nps 4nps 5nps 6nps and so on........basically i do everything

and every week i study a new guitarist and learn some of their songs and their background to broaden my knowledge

then i work on my theory with my tonal harmony book

~1954~
05-12-2006, 06:01 AM
I sometimes warm up with Paganini's 5th Caprice, but its so effing difficult it usually wears me out both mentally and physically once ive got it right! :p:

Resiliance
05-12-2006, 11:33 AM
Nope.

I just improve on various aspects of my playing that I feel need improving.

Baroque_and_Rol
05-13-2006, 09:25 PM
I rarely practice. I just screw around for hours on end cause I'm pretty happy where i'm at. if i notice something needs work, like a certain scale or sweep pattern i'll work on it for like 5 minutes, then keep on jamming.

apocalypse13
05-13-2006, 09:37 PM
I have no practice schedule WHATSOEVER.

just jam all day and all night, and work on everything ic ant play. If i need to learn a technique, ill learn a song, but usually i dont even learn songs.
Nope.

I just improve on various aspects of my playing that I feel need improving.
These men speak wise words.

PooKoo
05-13-2006, 10:14 PM
why thank you.

splice
05-14-2006, 12:03 AM
Nope.

I just improve on various aspects of my playing that I feel need improving.



me too........thats why i practice everything

Freepower
05-14-2006, 08:07 AM
I used to try and practice everything but i now focus on one thing at a time.

Now, i generally mix all HOs legato with strict alternate. I also practice the monstrous scales for my diploma next year, which basically cover every permutation of 3 octaves. Thats my linear technique work. I also try to assimilate new kinds of articulation, and make sure i work on accents and dynamics for everything.

Though, like everyone, i do occasionally just sit and play scales all day with stict alternate. :(

wil
05-14-2006, 08:20 AM
ive abandoned my varied--legato, sweep, alternate, chord, scale--practise regime and have gone right back to basics with an acoustic--with 12s on--a metronome and twelve alternate picking exercises--6 triplets and 6 sixteenths, one minute on each, then increase metronome by 2bpm, etc etc---the whole thing takes just over two hours and i did it three times the other day--because my alternate picking sucks- i feel like ive rooted out any tension in my picking arm but im still not seing the results i want--seriously thinking about getting some lessons, although theres not a great selection of teachers at uni or at home---i just need someone to tell me if im doing something wrong!!!

Erc
05-14-2006, 04:44 PM
Here is a basic outline.

Technique

Scale memorization

Theory

Theory application.

Thats what it has been recently.

mexican_shred
05-14-2006, 04:46 PM
Nope.

I just improve on various aspects of my playing that I feel need improving.
you and pookoo speak the truth.

The only thing i do consistantly every day is JP's rock dicipline to get my fingers soem blood again.

splice
05-14-2006, 06:27 PM
you and pookoo speak the truth.

The only thing i do consistantly every day is JP's rock dicipline to get my fingers soem blood again.


you spelled some wrong :headbang:

mexican_shred
05-14-2006, 06:27 PM
^bah. :p:

reper1234567
05-15-2006, 01:15 PM
i usualy just play chromatics altpick e minor scale some random modes, sweep some arpegios or just play songs faster than there ment to be played eg. wisky in the jar.

guywithaguitar1
05-15-2006, 02:56 PM
I don't time my practices I just go up and down scales I've created to exercise my fingers and strengthen weaker parts of my technique.

wil
05-15-2006, 05:00 PM
when a friend of mine--who im sort of teaching-- saw how well i could use my pinky to hammer on and fret notes, he said he'd thought about playing with ELASTIC BANDS round his fingers to strenghten them...Ive also read Satriani saying he's seen students trying this...

I warned him off this and showed him steady, big stretches involving all hammer ons and once i sort out my alt.picking its gonna be even more legato for me cos id hate for one of my students to start catching up with me-- :devil:

Freepower
05-15-2006, 05:06 PM
Have you tried all hammerons? Its worth a look into, legato boy. ;)
And the day of your picking being "sorted" will never arrive, if your standards are high enough for you to play shred at all! I've been doing almost nowt but picking now for months... hardest part of guitar technique for me. My legato, which i've spent probably a few hours a WEEK doing, has improved tenfold...because i guess its easier to see whats wrong with legato.

Oh, interesting question, when practicing picking, how often do you watch your right hand and not your left? I noticed once that i was watching my left hand technique (economy of motion, etc) when i was trying to improve my right and felt like a right twerp. Any other right twerps out there?

apocalypse13
05-15-2006, 05:12 PM
mmhmm

almost always looking at my left hand

Matt_Malmsteen
05-15-2006, 05:16 PM
I look at my right alot becuase I'm getting out of the anchoring habit...but my concern is more for my left hand.

wil
05-15-2006, 05:17 PM
well thats the annoying thing, i can play a lot of the typical shred songs, but to me its all about being a rounded player--you know the 'just cause you can play a Vai song doesnt mean youre' as good as Vai' principle.

I decided to watch my playing in the mirror today and i'll admit, it was pretty stiff and jerky and my right in particular didnt look very fluid.

Ive began practising sitting upright in a chair more often now=-as opposed to lying smoking, propped up on the bed---

My legato is infintely better than my alt. picking and i can see the progress i make rather quickly--although i do have rather large hands--and i think thats whats ended up pissing me off so much about alternate picking, i want the same results--perhaps im just too hard on myself but i cant rest on my laurels; im never content with what i play... :mad:

Freepower
05-15-2006, 05:21 PM
Watching yourself in the mirror can be pretty humbling. But watch your hands from your own viewpoint as well, because it can be easy to think "Hey, i look like im picking like MAB! Boy am i going to be awesome when i finish 100 reps of this lick..." when actually your picking tech is really crap and it just looks good.

And its no bother being hard on yourself. Just try and enjoy what you PLAY, and criticise when you PRACTICE. Too much of either is no good, as i've found out at various times throughout my life.

And if only picking was as easy to examine as legato. Its not just upstroke, downstroke, but it all LOOKS like just upstroke downstroke...

apocalypse13
05-15-2006, 05:29 PM
Watching yourself in the mirror can be pretty humbling. But watch your hands from your own viewpoint as well, because it can be easy to think "Hey, i look like im picking like MAB! Boy am i going to be awesome when i finish 100 reps of this lick..." when actually your picking tech is really crap and it just looks good.

And its no bother being hard on yourself. Just try and enjoy what you PLAY, and criticise when you PRACTICE. Too much of either is no good, as i've found out at various times throughout my life.

And if only picking was as easy to examine as legato. Its not just upstroke, downstroke, but it all LOOKS like just upstroke downstroke...
I play in front of the mirror quite frequently. It's helpful.

PooKoo
05-15-2006, 06:31 PM
same, its fun too.

splice
05-15-2006, 07:04 PM
yeh i do too

Erich yeung
05-15-2006, 07:07 PM
Picking, economy with strict alt picking aspects (arpeggios, certain runs and licks), some legato/tapping improvisation, sight reading, phrasing, pitch, etc. Justv stuff like that, i have a strict schedule but i rarley follow it cause im really lazy :(.


My picking is far better than my legato though, legato with a picked note every now and then is easy, but its the full legato that really stresses my fingers. Its easier on lighter strings i guess since mine are 12, but i also find that one of my weak points is alternate picking open chord progressions. Since i plant my wrist its hard too do for me because its really awkward to pick without muting strings and having the palm planted. Been playin with the electric too much i guess :p:

ILoveHarmonics
05-16-2006, 10:04 AM
I don't have a routine anymore. I used to have one but at some moment I became aware that I wasn't improving enough at the right spots. Now I try to improve those spots but the lack of a routine makes it harder to get the discipline. Maybe I should make an intelligent spreadsheet like thing on the computer to watch my progress in more detail.

Andrewbiles
05-17-2006, 06:54 AM
I don't know if anyone else here gets 'Guitar Techniques' regularly, but there's always some great pieces in there that I use to warm up a bit. I'm not the fastest of cats, but this piece was in an issue about three months ago and I've found it probably the most useful of all their tracks. I tend to start it off at around 75 to get back into remembering how to play it and then just speed it up.