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Old 05-08-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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What do YOU do to practice?

I'd like to make a "practice thread" to discuss different practice techniques. Partly to help me learn to better use my practice time but mostly just out of curiosity. Try to outline your entire process even if you don't have a strict routine. Including what you do to warm up.

So I guess I have to do mine first

To warm up I use a speed excercise I found in the lessons section four notes per string while moving vertically and horizontally down the neck. Then I practice improvising to slow and medium speed blues backing tracks (mainly cause im not terribly good) and then usually practice my scales until I'm finally drunk enough to go to sleep.

So please share your secrets thank you!
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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i practice what i cant do
and my practice is never the same from day to day

right now i working on my picking casue i wrote a couple things i cant pick accurately ...yet
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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I just bought guitar pro for the first time and wow best 7.99 iv ever spent for the ipad version that along with the new guitar it's gonna be hard to leave home and go to work in the morning
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:29 PM   #4
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I just bought guitar pro for the first time and wow best 7.99 iv ever spent for the ipad version that along with the new guitar it's gonna be hard to leave home and go to work in the morning



guitar pro is pretty good for learning songs i hate it for wirting though
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:31 PM   #5
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15min RH
15min LH
15min arpeggios
15min scales

1 page sight reading notation
1 chart sight reading chords
1 melodic dictation

45-60 minutes Jazz

45-60 minutes Covers

original music whenever I have the time
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:11 AM   #6
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Run through of our live set, (about 45 mins) then we nitpick any flaws until they stop sounding sloppy and tighten everything up.
take break, repeat... i haven't "practiced" guitar technique in years.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:51 AM   #7
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:47 AM   #8
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.... sounding sloppy...i haven't "practiced" guitar technique in years.


I think I'm seeing a connection
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:03 AM   #9
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45 min or so of exercises on stuff like legato, tough patterns, picking etc, 'till i'm bored, then 1-2 hrs to various backing track styles and keys, I do that usually 3 times a day.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #10
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I would say i am constantly working on my ear and technique by learning tunes by ear. I often just take a couple of songs that i like from different styles and work out the parts by ear, and once they are worked out i practice them until i can play it at the original tempo. More often than not i don't learn the full songs either (if i'm not going to play them live), but learn the interesting parts of the songs that i like.

As off now i am working on a Joe Pass tune for jazz, a Greg Howe song for fusion, Rush for progressive rock and DT for progressive metal. It trains my ear and i get a workout with different techniques at the same time.

EDIT: Oh, and also sight reading. Being handed a piece of sheet music and instantly being able to play it is a great skill to have, and needless to say i am far away from being that good, but working on it!
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:59 AM   #11
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I don't practice. I play in my band and whenever I try to play something I can't. I learn how to.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:18 PM   #12
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I mainly just warm up with scales and the basic 4 notes per string thing as you do TS. Then I just practice whatever riff or song I am trying to learn.

I should start practicing with a timer though, as I tend to just warm up until I get fed up. That and stop watching tv shows while I practice.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:25 PM   #13
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I transcribe solos and make practice patterns out of what i cant do in them. Legato and alternate picking. Improvising over blues backing tracks. Mainly these now.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #14
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Mines usually a different technique which I practice enough until I remember so I don't have to keep going back to a book or other source, then I can practice whatever it is whilst watching a tv program,
At the moment I'm practicing arpeggio triads with the corresponding major scale and cage system whilst watching 'Soprano's
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:33 PM   #15
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Mines usually a different technique which I practice enough until I remember so I don't have to keep going back to a book or other source, then I can practice whatever it is whilst watching a tv program,
At the moment I'm practicing arpeggio triads with the corresponding major scale and cage system whilst watching 'Soprano's


Haha, I do the same thing ... often, things that don't require a lot of concentration. :p
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:59 PM   #16
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But you still get the benefits of learning without being bored :-)
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:30 PM   #17
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But you still get the benefits of learning without being bored :-)


Amen :p
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:19 PM   #18
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Little theory work tbh.

Scale work.
Mess around to songs. Transpose into different keys off the cuff to improve natural transposition skills.
Backing track practice.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:25 PM   #19
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But you still get the benefits of learning without being bored :-)


Not really. Unless you intend to watch TV while you're on stage. You might familiarize your hands with some patterns, but it's hardly the same benefit you'll get from practicing with complete focus.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #20
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Not really. Unless you intend to watch TV while you're on stage. You might familiarize your hands with some patterns, but it's hardly the same benefit you'll get from practicing with complete focus.


Yeah, I was going to say much the same. You really can't practice properly and do other things at the same time. Actual improvement requires thought and purpose.
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