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We all have the time when we would like to practice, but we simply can’t. On the bus, plane or at school, never mind where it is - there is time we can use to develop our skills. Surely, you can’t practice tapping or any other technique, but there are numerous things you can do off the guitar, and I’ll give you some ideas. Have a nice read!
Do you sing? If you don’t - try this. You play guitar, but by singing you can train your ears. Record some intervals on your portable mp3 player or other melodies and try to sing them out loud. But, be sure that it’s clean!
02. Listen to music in analytical way
If you’re in a place where you can’t sing, but you can listen to mp3, listen to music. But listen and analyze. Try to think out the way to play that great riff, or try visualizing the position in which the guitarist play. Do you like the solo? Think why. Maybe consider the rhythm of it or any other aspects of it. When you’ll be back with your guitar, you’ll surely be a better musician after that kind of practice.
03. Play in your head
When listening to a record visualize the way to play the song in your head. See the fretboard in your mind, think of articulation or any other stuff that you would put in when you will play that piece.Think about music / scales / chord building - review theory
04. Review theory
Do you know where are the flats in Ab major scale? If no, take a piece of paper and try to write it down. Do it with other scales, chords, and whatever you know about theory. This is the most helpful thing when learning theory.
05. Tap your foot
How do tapping your foot helps in being a musician? Well, quite much, really. Try tapping various rhythms, for example, tap your left foot like it is a metronome and tap your fingers some fancy triplet rhythms, or any you like. Make a challenge and achieve the goal.
Yes, strumming without strings sounds rather queer, but try it out. Some of my guitar-playing friends do it all the time, strumming their hip, huh.
07. Buy a squeeze ball and Squeeze that ball!
You know that toy. Helps a lot with finger strength. You can squeeze with all the fingers, then try to squeeze with less than five. Don’t squeeze any other balls, if you know what I mean.
08. Use your pc or smartphone better than chatting on FB
If you can use your electronic device with internet, you can do all the tasks of learning theory at ease. Just buy some ebooks or look for free lessons over the net, use some software for ear training or theory reviewing. You have countless options with that one. Yes, turn the facebook off, please.
09. Read Magazines
Read some musician magazines. You never know what you will find interesting and useful there. End of an advice.
10. Buy a harmonica
That’s an instrument that fits into your pocket and so it’s easy to carry it around. Let the melodies out with that instrument. That point is not recommended for black metal musicians, your reputation will suffer.
11. Buy a guitar practice device
Instead of a squeeze ball you can buy a gripmaster tool, or try some of the stuff called shrednecks. Google it out for yourself.
12. Watch DVD’s
Guitar dvd’s. No movies of any other kind, man. You can watch instructional videos, as well you can watch concerts. When your mind is set to a “musician mode”, all the music-related stuff makes you a better musician.
13. Tap your fingers insanely
Tap taptaptapTAP tap tap TAP tap taptaptaptaptaptap TAP! You can tap your left hand fingers in all 24 combinations of 1-2-3-4. Make them tap in control, you’re the master. Try various rhythms and permutations.
14. Draw the notes of the fret board on paper
Take a sheet of paper and draw a fretboard scheme. Mark all the notes so you can learn them easily. Try also drawing scale, chords and arpeggio shapes. That’s fun and really helps you to visualize stuff on the fretboard when you play. You will really learn how to play on paper.
15. Give yourself a break
Last but not least advice is to have a break. I mean, you know - some time off-the-music-stuff can be really good for you. Use it to relax, man.
Hope that helped. If you have more ideas, feel free to spread it out in comments. As always - please rate this article and comment. Also, see my FB profile at www.facebook.com/dkguitarlessons and press the like button. It’s the greatest thank you for me:)