How to Practice Guitar Like a Pro - With Kevin Goetz

Pros practice in a very different way from amateurs. If you want to get as good as your idols, start by copying their practice routines.

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Hey, guys! Kevin Goetz here with another installment in my Musician Psychology series.

Today, we're looking at one of the most commonly overlooked reasons an amateur guitarist might not get as good as the professionals he or she idolizes. Professional guitarists typically have a rather specific style of practice that develops all their skills equally and quickly, and without copying this routine, it can take amateurs a considerably longer amount of time to get that good.

Check out the following video for a summary of a practice routine that will help you become as good as your idols, rather than the slow growth you may or may not be accustomed to.

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About the Author:
Kevin Goetz is a music teacher by trade, with a focus on empowering students with the skills and knowledge needed to make a living as a musician. This includes everything from technique, to songwriting, to marketing, to audio engineering, to even the mentalities necessary for success.

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    dorisallen · Oct 19, 2015 11:00 AM
    Well, that lick that used to be a sweeping exercise (1'33") STILL sounds like a sweeping exercise. That's my main issue with Paul Gilbert or late Dream Theater music : you can hear the exercises incorporated into the music. Boring.
    It's a sound that some like, and others don't. Sometimes more expressive phrasing (to use the popular term) is of course necessary, but at other times, the only thing that suits a particular song or a particular feeling is the over-the-top shred kind of thing. If every lick sounded like the one you pointed out, I agree, that would be boring. But Petrucci, for instance, has plenty of solos that are highly emotional rather than simply technical. It's all about what fits the song.
    I guess you've never even heard a Dream Theater track in your life since that description doesn't fit at all.
    I guess you're super butthurt because someone didn't bow before your god John Petrucci, but if Erotomania's last "solo" doesn't sound like a drill, nothing does. I used to be a DT fan until "Falling into infinity", even saw them live for the Awake tour, so spare us your speculations.
    I'll be the first to admit I'm not to into DT's music, but from a listener standpoint, yes, that section is fast and packs a lot of notes into not a lot of time, but like I said, sometimes that's the sound that a musician wants. It doesn't make it any more or any less interesting than a section with more soulful phrasing. It just might not appeal to you personally, and that's fine.
    You have a nice cat. She has a color between yellow and red and is quiet.