DannyV783
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#1
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!
supersac
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#2
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
DannyV783
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#3
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
supersac
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#4
Quote by DannyV783
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
cdgraves
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#5
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
hightension01
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#6
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.
cdgraves
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Quote by hightension01
.... sounding sloppy...i haven't "practiced" guitar technique in years.


I think I'm seeing a connection
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#9
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.
Sickz
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#10
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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AndyGray
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#11
I don't practice. I play in my band and whenever I try to play something I can't. I learn how to.
rock.freak667
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#12
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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Withorwithout
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#13
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.
skilly1
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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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Quote by skilly1
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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skilly1
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But you still get the benefits of learning without being bored :-)
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#17
Quote by skilly1
But you still get the benefits of learning without being bored :-)


Amen :p
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revolution24
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#18
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.
cdgraves
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Quote by skilly1
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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#20
Quote by cdgraves
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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Syndromed
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#21
If you have a small riff to practice, you can just put your metronome and practice it while watching something, I think this is not a problem.

I agree, you have to focus on what you play, but when it's something very repetitive and not too big and you can practice it perfectly while watching something, where is the difference ?
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#22
Quote by Syndromed
If you have a small riff to practice, you can just put your metronome and practice it while watching something, I think this is not a problem.

I agree, you have to focus on what you play, but when it's something very repetitive and not too big and you can practice it perfectly while watching something, where is the difference ?


The point is you can't practice perfectly without concentrating on it. Unless you're some kind of genius who actually has two brains...
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Try, take the most famous small lick by Paul Gilbert, take your metronome and try to play it while watching something. I'm pretty sure you can do it easily, isn't ?

I didn't say to practice a full Dream Theater song while watching the tv, but just something very simple and small.
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#24
Quote by Syndromed
Try, take the most famous small lick by Paul Gilbert, take your metronome and try to play it while watching something. I'm pretty sure you can do it easily, isn't ?

I didn't say to practice a full Dream Theater song while watching the tv, but just something very simple and small.


Play? Yes.

Practice? No. Not even close.

Practicing isn't simple repetition, if you repeat something without thinking about what you're doing then you're not going to improve it, you're just going to ingrain what you already know further in to your muscle memory.
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Yes, that's what I tried to explain, "just to ingrain further in to your muscle memory".

So "practicing isn't simple repetition" ? So what's the name for "I have a riff to play, with the aim of playing it at the right speed", you have to "practice" it to get it at the right speed ? And you practice it ... with repetition.

What's "practicing" for you Zaphod ? Learning new things ? Getting better at something ?
Yeah, but for doing that, you have to practice, you have to repeat.

If I'm wrong, tell me.
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Quote by Syndromed
Yes, that's what I tried to explain, "just to ingrain further in to your muscle memory".

So "practicing isn't simple repetition" ? So what's the name for "I have a riff to play, with the aim of playing it at the right speed", you have to "practice" it to get it at the right speed ? And you practice it ... with repetition.

What's "practicing" for you Zaphod ? Learning new things ? Getting better at something ?
Yeah, but for doing that, you have to practice, you have to repeat.

If I'm wrong, tell me.


Ok, I'm sure I've explained this before but for me it goes like this:

Playing is just playing, either no particular aim or running through things you already know you can do well enough.

Learning is repeating something like a song until you can play it without having to think about what comes next.

Practice is much more involved: practice is sitting down and specifically improving your technique. It involves repetition but simply repeating something isn't enough to improve; you need to think about your movements, make sure you're not tensing up at all and all that stuff.

Put simply: practice involves repetition but repetition is not practice.
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#27
Ok I understood now your thoughts.

So guys who "practice" the same thing for hours ... are very courageous.

Anyway, thank you for your explain Zaphod ... very useful
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