How often do you practice?

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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by Stu » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:32 pm

My views on practice are putting in 20-30 minutes every day.
Much of the techniques involve a muscle memory, so for my thoughts it's what I ask my students to do. Repetition.
Focus on the things you can't do, set goals and really, the usual cliches apply.

The connection of the soul to the fingers takes a very long time. That connection needs a seemless chain of emotion / brain to hands.

As far as finding time, I found alot of comments on this over the years. If your ever sitting watching TV, you can apply the (Simpsons method), which for me was watching the Simpsons for 2 hours, while practicing runs and picking. Now with this of course you need to make sure your not making mistakes while practicing, or at least not allowing the mistakes to pass.

Another great learning tool is listening. Really listening.
I find being exposed to new styles and new players opens up my brain to the new possibilities of the instrument. My suggestion for the day is to listen to anything by Steve Lukather, if you haven't heard this guy before, he will improve your quality of life :-D

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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by Richie » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:30 pm

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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by Stu » Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:04 pm

um.. did the first post get deleted?
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by Richie » Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:12 pm

lol. and here I was thinking you were genuinely interested in how much we all practice Stu!

I really don't practice as much as I should. it's mainly just a few minutes here and there to improve my muscle memory on things I'm working on learning.
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by Stu » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:03 am

Doh, yes I was responding. :-D
ahh well, if it's useful and a worthy thread, please continue.
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Post by ShockMe.au » Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:58 pm

When I can. I like to noodle on the KH Jr watching telly, but that pisses everyone else off... :-D
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by alex0710 » Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:23 pm

I just sit in my bedroom from 4-10pm after school. In that time I usually play around one to two hours of guitar, and the rest is spent dicking around on facebook.
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by Yuengling » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:45 pm

alex0710 wrote:I just sit in my bedroom from 4-10pm after school. In that time I usually play around one to two hours of guitar, and the rest is spent dicking around on facebook.
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Oh how I miss the days of coming home and spending hours playing guitar. These days I just noodle around.

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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by M2k » Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:44 pm

I don't get as much time as I'd like, since I get home around six mist nights but I still have a noodle on one guitar for 10 minutes or so
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by TheGuitarNinja » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:11 am

Aside from casual noodling at the old TAFE, 2-3 hours every night at least, double that on weekends, I'm very, very obviously unemployed. 8-)
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by M2k » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:43 pm

Just say you're employed at guitar shop
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by Stu » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:51 am

Hey Guys

A few more random thoughts that have occurred to me. When practicing I never understood the idea of random scale playing when in reality, we almost always play with music, and a time signature. So one of the things I harp on (when teaching) is practicing along with music backings and hopefully this sets you to play in a musical sense, as opposed to a “fit as many notes into this bar as possible” approach.

The metronome is nice, but if you throw down a basic 4/4 beat and a simple 1/4/5 chord progression, it’s a little more “real world” and helps you work on timing and syncopation. :-D
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by Richie » Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:44 am

another 2 cents worth from me.

when I was working on a technique for a guest lead I did for some guys up in sydney :-D
I knew what I wanted to play but couldn't quite get it fast enough or accurate enough.
Speed is nothing without accuracy in my opinion.

so anyhow. Guitar Pro is your friend.
I tabbed out the part I was wanting to play, which was a series of tapped out arpeggios, and started playing along with it at a tempo that I could play it through without mistakes and without tensing up too much.
Then I just kept upping the tempo a few bpm each time I was nailing it perfectly, and eventually took it over the tempo needed. This is a great tool for making it easier to do the lick at the desired tempo as it feels slower than you can actually do. If that makes sense.

but yeah, guitar pro is great because you can play along, change the tempo and hear when you're not in perfect time.
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Re: How often do you practice?

Post by chrisvp » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:23 pm

I hardly practice at all these days unfortunately , inside me says that it would be good to do so but when writing an album I just dont get a chance.
If writing songs is practice then I suppose I practice minimum 3 nights a week, other than that I rarely touch the guitar.
I know , I'm a shocker and Ritchie will probably slap me when he comes over to my place next.

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