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One of the most common questions I get asked, especially in private lessons is "what should I practice?". Well in this area I want to give you some hints and ideas about what to practice, how to practice and why some ways are better than others.
Generally, people get better when they practice. Really. Afraid so...
I too have heard stories about this amazing dude who can play anything, but never practices... but it's mostly myth. The few people who are amazing and say they don't practice are either lying, or they PLAY a lot, and they naturally play in a way that helps them learn and develop new things... hang on, isn't that called practice?
How good you get and how fast you improve directly relates to how much practice you do. Sure if you are doing the right things the right ways it can accelerate things even more, but you have to practice, and the more you do the better you will get. It's not a secret!
Let's talk about some of the basics of HOW to practice.
I've also included a Beginner Routine and an Intermediate 1 Hour Workout :)
Set Your Guitar Goals
In this lesson, we explore how and why you should set yourself goals on your guitar journey. If you don't know where you want to go, you will never get there!
Decide What To Practice
Deciding what to practice is extremely important, you really don't want to end up wasting a lot of time working on stuff you won't use (I'm speaking from experience!)
Keep A Practice Schedule
There are many benefits to keeping a practice schedule, and that's what this vid is all about! I know it might seem excessively regimented but done right it can really...
Use A Timer
When it was first suggested to me that I start using a timer when I practised I thought it was a real joke. Didn't make any sense to me at all, seemed too technical an...
Practice Makes Permanent
Practice makes perfect is a perfect blunder. It's just not true! Practice makes permanent, not perfect and this lesson explains the importance of getting it right -...
Always Start Slow
Most commonly a problem for teenager players (was for me too!) there are some real dangers in trying to play things too fast, can lead to bad habits and problems furth...
Observe Your Mistakes
I first read about this technique in a book called The Inner Game Of Music (Buy at Amazon.co.uk - Buy at Amazon.com) a very interesting book about the psychology of pr...
Understanding that there are two quite distinct sides to practice is very useful for the serious musician. There are physical mechanical skills which must be practised...
Practice Without An Instrument
As well as using visualisation (the previous lesson in the module!) there are a number of things you can work on without a guitar which can really help your developmen...
Beginners Practice Routine
What I give you here is a rough practice schedule for a complete beginner - a rough guide to what I give to private students and have developed over many years. The bi...
Intermediate Practice Routine
Making the most of your precious practice time is very important. What I will outline here is the way I divide all my student's practice times. I would strongly recomm...
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