Poll: How Many Hours A Day Do Your Practice
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View poll results: How Many Hours A Day Do Your Practice
1 hour
25 26%
2 hours
38 40%
3 hours
13 14%
4 hours
11 11%
5 hours
5 5%
6 hours
0 0%
7 hours
0 0%
8 hours
4 4%
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#1
I got this idea from that other thread about what you warm-up with when you practice. But, I've come up with my own idea. I would like you guys to describe everything you do to practice. And if you're cool, it would be very gracious of you to list how much time you spend on each think you do.
The purpose of this thread? To teach people new ways of practicing and to have more options available to people in order to enhance their skills.

I will go first: (in order of when i do it)

1. 1234 excersize (like a minute)
2. minor pentatonic scale up and down fretboard to 13th fret and back. (5 minutes)
3. Play every chord I know until every note comes out right (20 minutes)
4. Play some pages out of my book to learn stuff. (20 minutes)
5. Improvise on Minor pentatonic and create my own solos (20 minutes)
6. Play the songs I'm working on and try to learn new parts (30 to 50 minutes)
7. Look for strange sounds I can perform with my amp and effects and other elements I use. (depends on my mood.)

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#2
I uh...


Play what I feel like for 15 minutes every day or two.

It's been my schedule for 2 years.
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#4
1234 exercise, usually in 5th position though. Uhm...I play random chord progressions, and then do more complex practices, like string skipping and sweeping (however much I try, it always fails somewhere along the line) and then I just usually play stuff I write. Not much of a practice, but whatever, I always the guitar in my hands. Always.
#5
I just play around watever i feel like at the time and it gets the practice job done.
#6
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I uh...


Play what I feel like for 15 minutes every day or two.

It's been my schedule for 2 years.



same here, just play where ever it goes!
#7
1234 up and down for a couple minutes, then i do 1345 to stretch my hand, sweep scales, play anything that comes to mind.
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#9
I'm trying to get back into it after suffering a horrible elbow injury, but here is my usual practice regiment.

3 to 4 hours maximum 3 to 5 days a week. Jam on off days.


I) Warmup - 15 minutes


II) Alternate Picking - 1 Hour

A) 2 note per string
B) 3 note per string
c) Ascending/Descending runs

III) Sweeping/Legato - 1 hour/90 minutes

A) Legato - 30-45 minutes
B) Sweeping/Tapping - 35-45 minutes

IV) Rhythm - 1 Hour/90 minutes

A) Downpicking - 30-45 minutes
B) Fast rhythm picking - 30-45

V) Off days - Theory/Jamming/Chords/Acoustic
#10
Quote by robsayswhat
I'm trying to get back into it after suffering a horrible elbow injury, but here is my usual practice regiment.

3 to 4 hours maximum 3 to 5 days a week. Jam on off days.


I) Warmup - 15 minutes


II) Alternate Picking - 1 Hour

A) 2 note per string
B) 3 note per string
c) Ascending/Descending runs

III) Sweeping/Legato - 1 hour/90 minutes

A) Legato - 30-45 minutes
B) Sweeping/Tapping - 35-45 minutes

IV) Rhythm - 1 Hour/90 minutes

A) Downpicking - 30-45 minutes
B) Fast rhythm picking - 30-45

V) Off days - Theory/Jamming/Chords/Acoustic



Jesus!

All of you guys are making yourself look better than me.

I want a fancy practice regime damnit!
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#11
Honestly...looks like I'm gonna have to practice more if I ever want to actually be compared to any of you guys xD
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#12
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Jesus!

All of you guys are making yourself look better than me.

I want a fancy practice regime damnit!


I'm trying to get back into it slowly. I damaged the ligaments in my elbow and have to realearn everything. It's sucking so much!
#13
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I'm trying to get back into it slowly. I damaged the ligaments in my elbow and have to realearn everything. It's sucking so much!


Yeah, I know what you mean!

When I started playing, I played weird due to lack of knowledge on how to play the instrument. I ended up giving myself a nasty case of Tendonitis. Had to relearn to play differently.
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#14
Quote by H4T3BR33D3R
Yeah, I know what you mean!

When I started playing, I played weird due to lack of knowledge on how to play the instrument. I ended up giving myself a nasty case of Tendonitis. Had to relearn to play differently.


Haha, mine was from mixed martial arts. My opponenet cranked an armlock :-(.
#15
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Haha, mine was from mixed martial arts. My opponenet cranked an armlock :-(.


That blows.

Reminds me of the time I broke my wrist boxing against my friend.

We were boxing in his basement and I clonked him on the crown of his head.

The glove made contact weird so it ended up jerking my wrist up and it snapped.
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#16
Mine tends to go some thing like this:

1) Scales (mostly major)
2) Strip Patterns (not sure if thats the actual name, thats just what my guitar tutor calls them)
3) Play a song or 2 I've learnt and enjoy
4) Play song X

Where X is the song I'm currently learning until I either complete it or find one more interesting. Takes me about 1 - 2hrs a day, more depending on the song and what I feel like doing. Throw in some theory somewhere..

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#17
1234 for like...5 mins if i feel like it
then play some songs...
n doodle around...
create riffs or songs
n yeah.
#18
i have just started a practice regimen. I do each for 20 minutes

1. Classical guitar (reading notation)
2. Speed picking drills with metronome
3. Ear training with intervals
4. Sweep picking with metronome
5. Learn fretboard notes
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#19
Play for 5 minutes
Get distracted, special thanks to A.D.D.
Play some more
More distraction.
Try to tweak my Spider into a better setting, fail.
Give up.
#20
you should really start practicing with a set schedule at a specific time everyday. I was the same way. I just have to work on getting a specific time to practice.
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#21
Basically, I open up with all my regular exercises for string skippage, left-/righthand synchronization, some sweeps. Basically, get the hands warmed up and into sync.

Then I'll be noodling around a for a good 15 minutes, finding things to work on. For example, yesterday I noticed that my alternate picking isn't as clean descending, as it is ascending, so I decided to work on that all night. I have now come up with some cool new excersises to improve my picking.

The actual technique practicing is usually just at night though, unplugged. In the afternoon I usually write some riffs, or try to write songs. If I'm in a spcial state of mind (read: my brain has crapped out due to sleep or alcohol), I go on the internet to find some cool new songs to learn, and spend some time with those.

What can I say, it's the guitar, man.
#23
32 runs of 1234, 16 runs of 1423 and 16 runs of 1324 as a chromatic warm up, then i continue on with a C arpeggioe, go through the 5 shapes of it about 16 times, and finish of with 7 major modes for stretches and stuff, it's a three note per string scale, so it owns I then continue on with whatever song im learning for about 30/60 mins, then continue with the things my guitar teacherr gives me, takes about 20 mins, and work on my own stuff, which can take from 10 mins to 2 hours, pending on the mood ;D
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#24
Pick up my guitar
Play an E to check the tuning
Tune up
Play whatever I feel like.
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#25
all this systematic methodical practicing makes my face hurt.

i grab a guitar depending on my mood and play what i feel like.

anything from baby raping metal to depressive slit wrist arpeggios to porn groove.
#26
1. Warm up the tubes for 30 seconds
2. flip the standby switch for ,5 seconds
3. Play my own riffs and come up with new ones for 15 minutes or longer, depending on how I'm feeling.
4. Songwriting for however long I feel like doing it

myeah I guess I don't really have a good practice shedule
#27
Thank you all your guys posts, I have now been able to create the ultimate practice schedule.
I will now be using the thing some of you guys said in order to make the best practice chart ever.

1.Warm-ups (1 hour to 2 hours)
A. 32 runs on 1234
B. 16 runs of 1423
C. 16 runs of 1324
D. Scales And Arpeggios
E. String Skipping and Sweeping

2. Next Steps (2 hours)
A. Play every chord you know until it comes out clearly.
B. Play and learn new songs
C. Rock Out!
D. Speed Picking Drills
E. Ear Training
F. Work On Theory
Atlernate Picking
G. 2 notes per string
H. 3 notes per string
I. Ascending/Descending runs
J. Acoustic stuff

3. Finishing Off ( 1 hour and a half to 3 hours)
A. Improvise
B. Look for strange sounds
C. Write your own music
D. Legato
E. Sweeping/Tapping
F. Rhytm
G. Downpicking
H. Fast rhytm picking


There you have it. The ultimate practice schedule. For all of you that said you don't really have a schedule this is for you. Thanks to all you people's help, we have created a formula for the best practice lineup ever.

Grand Practice Total= 4 and 1/2 hours at the least.

At the most= 7 hours. But whos gonna practice that much? lol
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#28
1234, 1324, 1423 - Alternate picking moving a fret up each time so as to change the first note's picking direction. (I also playing these patterns over 2 or 3 strings)
E1-A2-D3-G4-G1-D2-A3-E4 (String + Fret) - Same as above.

Then I'll go through Scale Positions in all Keys (major/minor + pentatonics) - mainly just improvising runs, practicing switches between positions and string skipping.

Theory I already know a fair bit about so I only read up on it when I come across something I'm not sure on or haven't approached before.


I tend to try and keep a concious gap between theory and scales + playing from the heart. I like to learn things and then try and pick them apart and 'un-learn' them. That way my playing doesn't get stale.
#29
I would say the most important of all of those exercise is the ear training. Once you get good enough at recognizing intervals and what not there will be literally no barrier between translating what is in your mind and what you play on the fretboard.

I use this free program on the fretboard mode
http://www.solfege.org/Solfege/Download
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#30
I usually just sit and play at the moment... anything, a random mix of stuff.

But when I can be bothered:

1,2,3,4 runs/mixes of them
Pentatonic scales, practice solos with them
Other scales, same
Other random exercises
Some songs I already know
A few new riffs/have a go at sightreading some solos
Sightread playing some chord + vocal songs
Practice some of my bands stuff, come up with new ideas
Runs again
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#31
once a week i have 30 minute lessons from tis awesome guy..
i practice 2 hours a day with scales and chords and improvising.
about 30 minutes for playing muse songs etc instead of practice.
And then about 4 hours a week extra for band practice (i like my band we get a long so well)
and then an extra 1 hour for piano practice and theory. Music is my life..


I would practice more if it wasnt for like stuff getting in the way like girls and school and crap..

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#32
Quote by JackWhite333


At the most= 7 hours. But whos gonna practice that much? lol

I, for one, am. If I get the chance. Why not?
#33
wow you people are structured..
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#34
I'm not going to write down my entire warmup, it's pretty extensive.

If I'm practicing though, 1/2/3/4 through to 9/10/11/12 across all strings, then some slow sweeps and slow scales, and some more stuff.

Then I get into my major set, either learning new (parts of, or full) songs, writing riffs and solos, or playing with eqs kit to further the distinctive tone I've currently got, to try and get something truly unique (Heh, I'm not going to share this). Then I'll probably go onto something like Satriani, Vai, Malmsteen, for a while, then revert to some speed-runs to increase my accuracy at top tempos.

Then probably back to writing or learning, then some heavy, heavy metal to let off some steam. Then gentle blues or acoustic to warm down, then call it a day.


Most days, this goes on for between 3-5 hours.
#35
I play whatever I feel like, normally play along to some CDs for a bit. Sitting there like a robot doing 1234 exercises isn't playing guitar.
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#36
Lately my routine has been.

Daily
Chromatic scales with alternate picking. (2-3 minutes)
Chromatic scales with hammer-ons, pulloffs (4 minutes) "I still suck"
First page of "Speed Mechanics" hammer on pulloff exercises (10 minutes)

Weekly (These are the things I don't do every day but try to address every week)

Practice songs with Guitar Pro (2 hours, hopefully two times a week)
Sight reading out of Hal Leonard (1 hour, two to three times a week)
Guitar theory (1 hour, twice a week)
Chord review and transitions (30 minutes, three times a week)
Mindless wanking (as required)

I'm making steady progress, but I'm trying to advance many areas of guitar playing at the same time instead of only focusing on one aspect.
#37
Always changes, depending on what I'm practicing for or what I'm working on at the moment. Some combination of the following...

- scales, all modes in all positions, all across the fretboard; picking each notes, then a fast 3-note-per string legato all around
- string skipping: could be a pent scale of something, but play scales and skip two, three or more strings in between notes
- precise wide bands and vibratos (up to 2.5 steps)
- learning something i don't usually play, or to music i don't usually listen to, and pick up things I can use from it
- fingerpicking and slapping (acoustic)
- all these on electric and acoustic
- learning exact solos or songs i like

--- to learn to improvise and be very versatile, you should learn other songs and solos you like - precisely. this is huge and many guitar players never do this, and it shows. it builds up a music vocabulary, which you can use bits and pieces of to "say" your own things. it's hard to just "make" your own language and say things that sound good. if you know a ton of things that already sound good, take them apart and make your own from it, you can be more expressive and say all those little things you hear in your head but didn't know how to get out before
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#38
Quote by timi_hendrix
Sitting there like a robot doing 1234 exercises isn't playing guitar.


I knew someone was going to say this eventually.
I sort of agree with you, but for me, this is the fastest and most effective way to get better.
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#39
Quote by timi_hendrix
I play whatever I feel like, normally play along to some CDs for a bit. Sitting there like a robot doing 1234 exercises isn't playing guitar.

Why is that?

Seriously, I'd like to see your arguments.
#40
I usually play black metal songs first, then thrash then death metal. Because thats the order of difficulty and it seems to help me warm up easier and it is alot less boring than doing the typical 1234 crap.
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