#1
Curious to find out how others practice.

You should include what style you play and where you want to go with your guitar playing.

So I play blues and classic rock mainly. But I quite like playing funk sometimes. I basically want to get as good as I possibly can with my guitar playing.

I always warm up before I play as well. Hammer ons and pull offs using a combination off all the left hand fingers. It's really helped getting all the notes smooth and the same volume.

I tend to try and work out something by ear every time I pick my guitar up. This is usually old blues songs. Little Richard, BB King, Albert King, Muddy Waters... I love guitarists like Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Izzy Stradlin and that's how they all learnt. So I thought if I played their influences, I could end up in a similar style to them, while still sounding like me. Plus, old blues classics are a great place to start with ear training, as they're all pretty similar.

I don't often learn solos, mainly a rhythm guitarist. I often have a harder song that I'm building up to while learning little things. If learning something fast, I ALWAYS slow it down and play along with it until I know it off by heart and perfectly in time, then I speed it up. I'm very strict on my playing, if I learn something, I want to learn it as close to the original as possible.
#3
I have gradually increased my practice time, this month it has been 7 hours per day.
6 hours working on technique (picking + left hand + chords + arpeggios + scales + theory)

when im finally warmed up I improvise for 1 hour or whatever time i have left and compose, i rarely learn songs.. but i plan to change my routine to fix that in around 2 months.

I am focused mainly on lead guitar, i find myself speeding up if i dont concentrate on the metronome, so im always having to force myself to slow down.

The last month i have been practicing with gain up to 10 and working all those hours on cleaning up my playing with distortion.

What I want? I want to play guitar all the time, become really good and make and learn music. I will graduate from university next year, sometimes I think it was a mistake to study, since i have decided not go for a doctorate or anything as i tought i would.
I realized kind of late that most of lifes stuff doesnt interest me that much when i compare it to music, i just want to play my guitar and get better
Last edited by Slashiepie at Oct 28, 2011,
#4
I warm up for about 20 mins.
Practice the song im currently working on for about 1-2 hours.
Practice chords for about 30 mins.
Reading sheet music 30 mins.
And learning licks from my favorite guitarists for about 30-60 min.

I'm still working on getting my practice schedule done though. It's not near what i want to be able to practice everyday. And i aint got all the time to practice cause i got school aswell.

Im going to add arpeggio practice and ear training to the list, along with other stuff.

I want to be able to play the things i like and write stuff that i like for my band. Wich in my case is pretty technically demanding. Both rhythm wise and lead wise.

I play mainly metal and want to get deeply into the progressive, neoclassical and melodic death metal part of it.
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This.

I usually learn by playing songs.

I don't have a schedule for learning, hell, I don't even practice scales or any kind of theory.
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#6
Warm-ups/Technique Building usually for 30-40 minutes. Then I will work on a solo or a song for 30 minutes. Then I'll setup a simple chord progression on a loop pedal and jam over it if I have time.
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#7
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This.

I usually learn by playing songs.

I don't have a schedule for learning, hell, I don't even practice scales or any kind of theory.



I don't even learn songs. Just the ones I play with my band. But most of the time I just sit there jamming. Sometimes I'll learn a new scale or arpeggio or whatever and jam with it.
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#8
I try to play in time with something as often as possible. That said, I only use clicks when I'm learning something particularly nasty, and even then I try to come off the metronome and put it in context once I've got it well under my fingers.
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#9
Every morning after breakfast I have a go on the guitar for minimum 15 min . If I don't have work I practice over 15 min up to one 1 hour. Otherwise I'd between 15-20 min sharp. After work I also practice. Practice includes going through the chromatic scale and then all the 12 Minor and Major scales. Then I do arpeggios and chords for each scale. When I don't have work or anywhere to go I play one acoustic finger style song and one for my electric guitar. I usually end up playing the electric guitar song for the whole day but I started off with my acoustic and I feel like I need to go over one song for it few times at least. As for the electric song , I practice hard til I can play it along the original track. What I love about playing the guitar is playing along the music track I really really like. Feels great ! Sometimes I go crazy playing random licks that come to my head. OH AND all the scale practice and everything I do along side metronome a shitty computer program one but I can't afford the real thing I'm too poor.
#10
It is really useful to warm up as more as possible. Unfortunately the time is not enough. Slashiepie mentions that it is good to practice around 7 hours. Of course but who have so much time through the day. may be if you find the best balance between warming up and practice it is the best. I think that you have to warm up like 60% of the time and 40% composing or covering. Could work.
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#11
Warming up should only be enough to get your fingers limber and ready for whatever else needs to be done. I used to do the above and was going through warming up exercises for like 30 minutes or so. It becomes boring and un-fun and I never progressed in the songs I was trying to learn. I keep warming up to 15 minutes making sure to warm up both hands and then I get into the rest of it. I don't practice scales though I learn the notes to a particular scale and get familiar with it by playing over backing tracks it gets you a lot more familiar then just playing a scale up and down. Just my 2 cents on practice.
#12
Lately, I have been warming up on rocksmith scale runner (you pick a scale and they run you through it all over the neck) before switching into playing a song, then working on technique.
#13
My warm up atm is playing the riff to Every Breath You Take. That's a good stretchy song for me lol, cuz I have small hands.
#14
I play what sounds good and practice what I want to.....
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#15
I spend time training my ear (about 10 minutes or so), do some theory studying, some warm up exercises, scales (different scale each day... all positions and I spend about 1-2hours playing them at 40bpm. So I master them.), a song I'm learning, and then I'll write some riffs, and chord progressions; a solo too.

All in all I practice about 4-5hrs a day (not everyday, some days I don't have time. On those days I just do a riff or two at slow speeds to master them, and throw in an exercise of sweeping/legato/bends etc.)
#17
Warm up - 30 minutes -

Left hand separately

Right hand separately

Both hands together.

Then studying new stuff - like new patterns for playing the scales

Apply those patterns to all the guitar modes ( licks usually show you only one position)

Improvisation using the things i learned.

Ear training for 20 minutes (it is a must)
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Lately, I have been warming up on rocksmith scale runner (you pick a scale and they run you through it all over the neck) before switching into playing a song, then working on technique.

Interesting - how is Rocksmith? I had a look (though never tried playing it) but the tracklist didn't look particularly challenging.

Having said that, I bet it's great for forcing you to learn songs all the way through.
#20
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My warm up atm is playing the riff to Every Breath You Take. That's a good stretchy song for me lol, cuz I have small hands.


My warmup song is message in a bottle for similar reasons
#21
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Depends on what counts as practice. If it's things like playing linear scale excersizes to a metronome, or non-musical warmups meant for developing finger independence, I've never practiced in my life despite playing for about 13 years.


This. The only difference is that I've only played for about 9 1/2 years.

I figured that using a metronome just doesn't work for me, it seems unnatural.
What I do is mainly playing songs, licks and riffs, plus I've picked out a really challenging run now that I want to be my main "practice lick" for speeding up (but without a metronome).
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#22
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Interesting - how is Rocksmith? I had a look (though never tried playing it) but the tracklist didn't look particularly challenging.

Having said that, I bet it's great for forcing you to learn songs all the way through.


I love it. It adapts to how good or bad you do and keeps things fresh. The song list isn't the best but it's still fun and covers a pretty good range of material. It's not perfect but it's pretty dang good.
#23
I dont see the point in practising theory and shit, if I feel like playing a song I like I just play it slowly so I learn better technique and feel it better.
#24
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You should include what style you play and where you want to go with your guitar playing.


I play folk and don't want to "go" anywhere with my playing. I just want to have fun.

I pick up my acoustic and play some Mountain Goats, open chords, and Here Comes the Sun for 15-20 minutes before stopping.

This happens once or twice a week, and i'm okay with it.
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#25
Usually am just jamming, soloing, learning new songs etc. Sometimes I just pick my acoustic up and learn some new fingerstyle tricks etc. good sounding licks. I don't usually play through any scales.