What Should Be In My Practice Room

A list of 10 items I think will heighten productivity when practicing.

What Should Be In My Practice Room
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One common problem that I come across is the lack of thought into equipping your practice space with all of the tools you need. I have compiled a list of must haves for your practice room in no particular order. 01. Suitable chair - Unless you are practicing for playing in a band or a situation where you stand. Then the number one item you can have is a chair that is suitable. Typically it should be flat, not have arms on it (obvious?) and from my experience the part you sit on should be in line with the back of your knee when standing infront of it. 02. Music Stand - Much easier than propping your music up or putting it down on a bed or the floor. Invest in a music stand! 03. Notebook & Pencils - These come in handy for writing any changes you have to make in fingering or for marking out sections. Also for any breakthroughs you have and keeping a track of what you are practicing. Put it in your notebook. 04. Metronome - Keeps you right with timing and also when used correctly will enhance the speed and thoroughness of which you learn new material. 05. Mirror - A great tool in checking yourself for tension and bad habits. 06. Clock/Timer - Keeps track of how long you have worked on certain things and lets you know when to take breaks which will make your practice more efficient. 07. Audio Recorder - As much as we don't like to listen to ourselves when it's not perfect. Recording sections of your practice will enable you to hear it as it really is and highlight what needs more work. We don't always sound like we think in our head when we are playing. 08. Lighting - To prevent eye strain or reduced energy levels. Proper lighting will aid your practice. 09. Quiet & Privacy - If you are practicing properly then you will sometimes be playing the same bar over and over and over....without privacy you are going to drive anyone who can hear a little crazy. Turn off the phone/computer and be distraction free. When it's time to practice it is time to practice. 10. Tuner - Please have the tools to tune up your instrument before you play. This could be a tuner, pitch fork, piano...as long as you are playing in tune.

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    link no1
    dumbface12 wrote: You forgot instruments and equipment! Probably should specify on equipment such as amps, cords, pedals, and etc.
    I would have thought that stuff would speak for itself. I'm not exactly going to get all this stuff, put it in my room, sit on the chair and think "I'm ready to practise...but I feel I am missing something...ahhh crap, forgot my guitar" I need a proper chair, I sit on my bed. Very uncomfortable and usually my leg goes numb from the bad circulation of how I am sat + the weight of the guitar. A mirror is something I have never thought of though. Thinking about it, it would be a really useful thing. Might stop me doing 'guitar faces' or actually help me see how I look for gig purposes...Ahhh screw it, I'm going buying a mirror.
    powachord
    theguitaristdud wrote: You definitely forgot to mention a bong. I'm pretty sure everyone plays better when they're high
    Nah, they just think they do
    AlanHB
    A computer is handy too, has songs and backing tracks to play along with
    RockRolla
    I'm with ya on the beer and especially the wisky. Must get relaxed before one can play...
    Gortorek
    These are the things that I have in my practice room - 1 - The Wife - As a straight A student, she's good at explaining complicated music theory issues to me. She's also good for doing random menial tasks. In a practice room, a wife is indispensable, as they also prevent any 'laptop related distractions'. 2 - Gear - Big Amp, Heavy Guitar, Pedalboard... you know, the obvious stuff that the guy who wrote this article doesn't seem to have in his practice room (I'm guessing he just hums, or something?). 3 - Internet Access/Tech Stuff - Basically, a laptop with a shiny little twin-input guitar interface and a handy little DAW. Tabbing a riff that's just come to mind might not help explain it's timing when you've come back to it a week later... so, if a riff's worth holding onto, RECORD IT! 4 - Gripmaster/Rowing Machine - This is way better than sticking on a movie if you get stuck/bored. Not making any progress? Then do some exercise. You'll always practice better once you've got your blood flowing. 5 - A Reward For Practicing - Beer, 10 to order in a dominos at the end of the night, or even something altogether less legal? Whatever floats your boat, if you're gonna work hard at something, you might as well get a reward for it afterwards. My personal favorite is homebrew MEAD... two pints of this and you'll have permanently erased any memories of your practice from your mind.
    Insanity ninja
    INSULIN wrote: PRACTICE ON THE BED ,YOU WANT HAVE GUIATR FALL OFF A STAND .EASY TO JUST LAY IT ON A BED.I LIKE TO PLAY IN THE DARK
    WOOO! GO CAPSLOCK! Digging the article, it never crossed my mind to look in a mirror for posture etc.
    johnrussom
    There is one thing I had to add to my space that you forgot. I had to create an empty space where my computer was. Don't even have it in there. Every time I hit a spot I thought I needed help with I turned it on to find an answer and wasted time, not mention focus. I am hearing it more and more these day's, get what you need off the internet then practice. Its a very simple truth that I believe cost me a year. You made some very good points and this. I wish I had taken it serious two years ago. Relearning all the things I learned half way has been painful.
    INSULIN
    PRACTICE ON THE BED ,YOU WANT HAVE GUIATR FALL OFF A STAND .EASY TO JUST LAY IT ON A BED.I LIKE TO PLAY IN THE DARK
    motorizer
    AlanHB wrote: A computer is handy too, has songs and backing tracks to play along with
    Good one brother
    gnurph
    Other essentials- Ventilation: Proper heating and / or cooling. Hydration: Whether to satisfy basic thirst or other craving. Nutrition: For those marathon guitar playing sessions! Also, good scenery helps. Looking out window, nice painting, cool posters...
    chadbecks
    Thoughts are good and general. I think the instruments and the effects/amps is just personal choice.