#1
i've been wanting to straighten up when it comes to practicing and i've kept procrastinating. basically i'm just looking for an idea of what everyone practices and roughly how long. i normally just noodle around in the blues or minor penatonic scale or play some chord progressions that sound good to me and i'm always telling myself to practice and then i always don't so i figure if i have a plan or somethin it'll be easier to stick to it. i have a decent understanding of theory(building chords and scales), so i would like to incorporate that in my practice time also. i hope to pursue a musical career (sophmore in highschool now) and currently take lessons. thanks
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#2
whenever you have downtime, pick it up and strum. try to set up like an hour, hour 1/2 a night [if not more] just for practicing stuff. play songs, ones thatll work on specific techniques, and ones that are just fun to play. basically, just **** around. a lot.
#3
I have the same problem, lions. It's probably mostly due to the fact that when I'm not shredding, I'm a bonafide porn freak.
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#4
i just sit whenever i can and play and ill play whatever comes to mind often realling from one song to another without that much thought
#5
Well, I do it this way:

-I get up at 11 o' clock, then I do my guitar workout
-From 11 to 7 I just screw arround playing songs and stuff like that
-At 7 I do my guitar workout
-At NINE ITS PARTY TIME !

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#6
I dont really practice scales and stuff when i practice. sure I will play a scale through for a warm up, im rather lazy when it comes to that. Usually ill just sit down, strum some chords (its always G, D, Am, for some reason), then start playing whatever. Whether this be jazz or just keep strumming. Then Ill turn on a cd and play through it usually. I do quite often take the guitar off and study some music related stuff. Something about music theory just really intrigues me.
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#7
-massage my shoulder, fingers, forearm to get the blood flowing
-I pick up the guitar and do random licks till I get warmed up
-I then proceed to practise transitioning between box patterns.(Ive been working on that recently cause I stall when Im transitioning so I want it to become second nature)
-I play some chords and intervals.. usually that ends up with me creating a cool riff
-I learn a song or solo to learn new licks. And I write down the licks.
-I look at my little binder full of licks and run through them all to make sure I remember them all.

Thats what I do daily.
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#8
I used to practice 6-8 hours a day. I don't need to do that much anymore because I found more efficient practice methods and have other things going on like university. I usually do 1-3 hours a day 5 days a week. At most I'll take 2 days off in a row if things come up.

The first thing I usually do is play along with a few songs to warm up. Then I work for a majority of the period on new material, then "cool down" with some other songs. Of course this will change if I have something come up like a band audition. I also log what I practice. For instance the exercise number and the bpm at which I played it.
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#9
well im back at school so afterschool, i take a nap till 5, then i do hmwk till 5:15, then i play till 8
#10
I have a notebook with a list of 50 different practices. Techniques, scales, stuff like that. Anything that can be used with a metronome, which is all but 2 or 3, i play first at 120 bpm. That loosens you up really good, then I move up 240 bpm and play all the same things. Then I go play what ever I want. When I'm done just jamming, I go back with the metronome and play just the scales each at 120, 240, then 416 bpm.
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#11
416 bpm, goodness !!


i warm up doing chormatics and going through scales. then i start my guitar workout, which is basically a notebook of pages i wrote down. then i play songs, and from then on i pretty much just switch back and forht between songs and workouts. Its a bit unorganized but it does okay.

i'm also in guitar in school and i just joined chamber music, whatever that is.
#12
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416 bpm, goodness !!


It's not the best sounding thing, but its fairly clear. I usually get 1 or 2 notes that don't sound right, either by picking in the wrong spot, fingering it wrong, or slipping up. I should have it down soon though, I'm cutting back on the mistakes.
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#13
I warm up with a couple exercises my guitar teacher showed me and some I saw on a Petrucci video, then I practice the major scale forms, then scales slowly, then speed up, then whatever song I am currently learning, and finish whatever I am writing.

Basically.
#14
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I have a notebook with a list of 50 different practices. Techniques, scales, stuff like that. Anything that can be used with a metronome, which is all but 2 or 3, i play first at 120 bpm. That loosens you up really good, then I move up 240 bpm and play all the same things. Then I go play what ever I want. When I'm done just jamming, I go back with the metronome and play just the scales each at 120, 240, then 416 bpm.



Hahahaha

You can't hear at 416 bpm hahahahahaha
#15
I don't have a schedule. I abhor strict schedules, and they bore me. So whenever I feel like playing, I pick up my guitar beside me, open up a song in Windows Media Player, and start playing along with it. That's all; I make sure all the time I'm playing, I'm having fun.

Really, I get all my technique from playing along with songs, and I compose solely by writing stuff down in musical notation. When I feel like stuffing around, I get into a mood, play a few little melodies that are good, expand them a bit, and buggerise around with that.

But maybe if you need a schedule to be motivated to practice, maybe you're going about it the wrong way? Like work on some songs, from beginning to end; anything you have trouble with, start working on it bit by bit; that's what I do to build my technique, just perseverance because I wanted to learn a song.
#16
Don't have a totally set schedule. My days are too hectic for anything like that. Generally I start off just playing a few chords or something to get my fingers ready, maybe run through a few scales, improvise a little bit. Than it's to the books to learn some theory, apply whatever chords or scales I am learning to the guitar and play with them alittle bit. At any point I might just put on a song on WMP and just play through for kicks. Lather, rinse, repeat for a couple hours or so. I basically learn a new piece of theory and improvise for a while.
#17
If you are too lazy it really seems you aren't to interested in guitar. That is my 2 cents.
Now I don't have a schedule I play whenever I want and can. Which is ussualy around 6 hours a day.
#18
I just play whatever songs i want and call it "practice" but you can learn from good bands such as pantera and metallica which can help your technique out, i do practice scales and chords often.
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#19
I just sit and play some songs I know, strum and sing some songs for half an hour or so, mess aroud for a bit writing new stuff and practice by bands songs, then I'll find some tabs and learn them for about an hour.
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#20
I usually just play a riff I've recently written of learned or whatever when I'm watching TV or just sitting down doing nothing, it helps a lot, and yeah, whenever I've got nothing to do, I play guitar, I don't play it as much as I play drums though, but I have been recently because my girlfriend wants me to learn a few songs.

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#21
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It's not the best sounding thing, but its fairly clear. I usually get 1 or 2 notes that don't sound right, either by picking in the wrong spot, fingering it wrong, or slipping up. I should have it down soon though, I'm cutting back on the mistakes.


Not to question ur playing skillz at all, but judging from the fact that i don't think vai, petrucci, or anyone else liekt hat can play at 400-something bpm, ur probably either A) practicing at 416 halftime (aka 208 bpm) :P

or

B) lying out your ass so you can look cool on UG. If that's ur goal I might suggest finding a new avatar (Limp Bizkit? you can't be serious) :P
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#22
I play at night because I'm awake and theres usually nothing else getting in my way. So at around 9pm I grab my bass and play for a couple of hours. The only times I play other that at night is when something really inspiring hits me. I stop everything else I'm doing and play.
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Not to question ur playing skillz at all, but judging from the fact that i don't think vai, petrucci, or anyone else liekt hat can play at 400-something bpm, ur probably either A) practicing at 416 halftime (aka 208 bpm) :P

or

B) lying out your ass so you can look cool on UG. If that's ur goal I might suggest finding a new avatar (Limp Bizkit? you can't be serious) :P


Avatar is a joke, so no I'm not serious. I play with the metronome set at 208 (quarter notes) and I play eighth notes. I've slowly sped up the metronome to get to this point.

And yes, vai, petrucci, and anyone else like that can play faster than that.
However, when they play it that fast its perfectly clear. I've said before that I'm not that great at it, but I use it to build up speed, and the slower tempos to build up accuracy, which is more important to me.

I don't care if you don't believe me, because I know I probably wouldn't believe you, and there's no way for me to prove it either, because I wouldn't write a solo that fast, because I like making it more musical than just running scales as fast as I can, and I want every single note to be perfect, something I can't get at that tempo.

My full speed for clarity is around 350, maybe a bit below, which is more believable right?
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#25
wow, i never knew that people had so such rigid practice schedules, what i do i really don't call practice, i just pick it up whenever i can and play whatever i want until i'm tired of playing or until i should do something else, it's never been a problem for me where i have to set a time to play cuz i love to do it, but idk, i just pick it up and play...i'll play along with a CD or just kinda jam on my own
#26
well im back at school so afterschool, i take a nap till 5, then i do hmwk till 5:15, then i play till 8


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#27
I'm not at college at the moment, so i practice when i can really. I don't have a strict schedule and i don't really know much theory. I usually start with the scales i do know up and down the fretboard for about 20 minutes, then i practice songs i'm learning for a while, then i try a bit of improvisation, mainly on scales as i can't play that fast. Then i spend a while trying to write my own stuff. Thats usually how it goes.

But when i'm in college i can get real lazy and usually play for fun and write my own stuff, with a tiny bit of real practice. I need to sharpen up a lot though and devise a proper shedule for myself, i just got to a 'stuck in a rut' kinda phase which i need to get out of.

Anyways, there you go.
#28
What exactly is the Steve Vai 30 hour workut?
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#29
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Avatar is a joke, so no I'm not serious. I play with the metronome set at 208 (quarter notes) and I play eighth notes. I've slowly sped up the metronome to get to this point.

And yes, vai, petrucci, and anyone else like that can play faster than that.
However, when they play it that fast its perfectly clear. I've said before that I'm not that great at it, but I use it to build up speed, and the slower tempos to build up accuracy, which is more important to me.

I don't care if you don't believe me, because I know I probably wouldn't believe you, and there's no way for me to prove it either, because I wouldn't write a solo that fast, because I like making it more musical than just running scales as fast as I can, and I want every single note to be perfect, something I can't get at that tempo.

My full speed for clarity is around 350, maybe a bit below, which is more believable right?


i think you should measure your progress by using sixteenth notes...i mean, i can play whole notes at about 500 bpm...and i can play 64th notes and 1bpm...doesn't make much sense to use either one, though
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#30
its not that i don't have enough interest i just always end up doing something else. thanks for everyones replies, i was just wondering how many people actually had rigid practice schedules compared to people who didn't.