Andrew Wasson. Graduated from Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology. Operates Music School and CreativeGuitarStudio.com
Posted on Sep 02, 2014 02:07 pm
Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website.
Q). I really like the work you've done on your YouTube channels covering practicing. The principles of Accelerated Learning are very interesting to me. I was curious if you might find the time to relate your personal thoughts on practice. Mainly the procedure you've found effective, and the best mental attitude for producing really solid guitar playing. I'd be greatly interested in this. Mark – Swartz Creek, MI (Michigan). USA
A). Practicing guitar in a highly efficient manner with the correct mental attitude is generally not what a guitarist is born knowing how to do. Most times we play for fun, and relaxation. However, if we become highly dedicated to the instrument there are often some areas that prevent us from achieving the abilities that we would like. And, there are also mental attitudes that hold us back as well. But, when all of the principles come together, and we begin to have good routines in place, with the best attitude, all of a sudden pretty incredible changes start to happen for us as guitar players.
Watch the video lecture:
It is important to understand that both performing and general practice are very closely connected. And, many of the principles that apply to playing live on-stage, or recording your next track, also tie in to our daily practice sessions!
The Top 5 Tips:
Tip #1. Plan, Plan, Plan.
It is very important to plan your practice subjects in a log book and monitor your progress while altering the topics as you go through approx. 3 week and 3 month periods.
Tip #2. Practice is not a Bed, it's a Ladder!
Stagnation is a big problem for many players. Therefore, as musicians, we need to push ourselves beyond our limits. Big advances will occur when players can study outside of the comfort zone.
Tip #3. Always Communicate in a Positive Way
Be mindful of what you are saying /thinking to yourself. Especially in high-stress situations. Confidence is paramount for keeping your focus together. Be sure you're speaking kind words and productive thoughts. Because when we are paying attention to our own personal communication and it becomes a habit of strong positive thought, we perform better.
Tip #4. Training is Everything to Success
Essentially, the more time you can have on your guitar the better. The more practice of material you can do - the better. One great way for developing this idea is through, "Speed Practice." Check out my video titled, "The Speed Practice Method." It explains how you can hit the guitar every day, even if you have next to no time in your schedule to do so.
Tip #5. Maintain a Solid Ear Training Routine
Singing scales, working on intervals and studying rhythm are all paramount to our musical success. Understanding how pitch and rhythmic patterns operate in many different styles of music is exceptionally important and should be actively pursued as often as possible through each week. Keep in mind that Ear Training is a slow development and needs constant reinforcement for developing to a high level of skill. So, do your best to keep at it as often as possible.
If you actively pursue a well organized and challenging practice routine, there will be dozens of excellent spin-offs occur within your playing. You will gain better technique, your confidence will expand, and your ears will hear music at new levels of detail. All it takes is dedication and focus. Trust me, the benefits out weigh the extra effort required.
About the Author: Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years... teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions, and through his popular YouTube Channels and websites. Hundreds of FREE lessons are available at www.andrewwasson.com.