#1
Hello,

This might sound a bit odd but – any tips on how to practise outside of a schedule? I currently run through a fairly rigid schedule 3-4 times a week, and it takes about an hour. It covers fretboard knowledge, warming up, technique, ear training and repertoire – so fairly all-encompassing. Trouble is, if I have 10-15 minutes spare before work or going out, I could pick up the guitar and play but I usually avoid it thinking I should warm up first and/or not do anything that strays too far from my routine.

So I am basically wondering what people do when they have a bit of time to kill and pick up the guitar – is just noodling around the way forward and not too detrimental for developing as a player? Or can it be a matter of picking a simple exercise and repeat this for the entire time? I might have answered my own question here but keen on hearing what you guys do

Bonus question: should a session like this be logged into the practise routine (I currently log all sessions to keep track of progress)?

G
#3
Quote by Godal
Hello,

This might sound a bit odd but – any tips on how to practise outside of a schedule? I currently run through a fairly rigid schedule 3-4 times a week, and it takes about an hour. It covers fretboard knowledge, warming up, technique, ear training and repertoire – so fairly all-encompassing. Trouble is, if I have 10-15 minutes spare before work or going out, I could pick up the guitar and play but I usually avoid it thinking I should warm up first and/or not do anything that strays too far from my routine.

So I am basically wondering what people do when they have a bit of time to kill and pick up the guitar – is just noodling around the way forward and not too detrimental for developing as a player? Or can it be a matter of picking a simple exercise and repeat this for the entire time? I might have answered my own question here but keen on hearing what you guys do

Bonus question: should a session like this be logged into the practise routine (I currently log all sessions to keep track of progress)?

G


15 minutes - noodle! Improvise or just repeat a pattern etc. 15 minutes is perfect for doing that.

Noodling is only detrimental if you don't compliment it with learning other things and pushing yourself. Every great improviser is a noodler.
#4
Cheers guys, makes perfect sense –*just nice having someone telling you it's ok
#5
My acoustic sits right next to the couch. If I have 15 minutes to kill. I just pick it up and have some fun.
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#6
Quote by reverb66
15 minutes - noodle! Improvise or just repeat a pattern etc. 15 minutes is perfect for doing that.

Noodling is only detrimental if you don't compliment it with learning other things and pushing yourself. Every great improviser is a noodler.


yeah i noodle all the time. haven't had a ton of real time to practice lately so i just pick up the guitar and play a bit here and there. when i was single i had a guitar in the living room to noodle on while watching tv. i always find ittle things to work on and as metnioned some improv is a good thing. many song ideas came from noodling.