Apr 19 2008, 09:21 PM
I´ve been playing for almost eight years now but almost exclusivly the acoustic and I´ve just recently picked up the electric guitar! It´s not as easy as I thought...
I have about 1,5-2hours that I can practice each day...
I´m looking for the best way to incorporate all the techniques in this time...I just want to be a better guitarist and learn to play as much different styles/songs as possible.
I´m very impressed by your skills and like the way you play and would like to know how to pracice!
Right now I just run different skales to a metronome att different speeds I can handle and then I try to learn a new song/solo...I just tried to learn you lesson about sweeping, Impossible..almost...it´s really hard but I guess I have to start slow...
So what I am trying to say is how would a prober scheduel look like to incorporate as many techniques as possible in the time I have to practice? I guess I forgot to mention that it´s mainly metal/rock/80´s rock that I want to play!
Thanks for all the great lessons!
Apr 24 2008, 12:57 AM
Thanks for your post Joakim.
I'm honnored that you find my lessons interesting.
There are several things that I would suggest here.
First of all, keep doing what you are doing with the metronome. That's a great way to improve no matter what level you are at.
Also, what I found extremely useful is to plan your practice sessions.
Instead of sitting and startingb to workout without a plan, write down on paper what you will work on.
Keep track on paper of your tempo and make sure that you are playing at a comfortable speed without sounding sloppy.
I know how frustrating it can be to play the same thing at slow speed, but that's the best way I found to "program" your fingers to play the right thing.
I reme`mber that I hated that advice: "`practice slowly"...
But it really works.
As for all new techniques, sweep is difficult at first. Just when you learned how to play your first bar chord. But it gets easyer and easyer. Just work slowly and analize your playing to eliminate all unnecessary movements.
Analizing your fingers and eliminating all superfluous movements is a very important aspect of practicing.
I hope this inspires you to reach your goals.
Let me know if I can help in any way.
Apr 24 2008, 02:26 PM
Thank you for the guidance!
I have already made up a schedule!
I don´t know if it´s the best thing to do but a very good gutarist who now lives in the U.S.A and plays for a living once told me just what you said that "you have to learn it very slow before you can play it fast". I had this in mind and made up a thing I like this...think I´ve read it somwhere that this is a great way...
Technique Day1 Day2 Day3 Day4
30%of current max 50% of current max 75% of current max New Max!
Harmonica Major Scale
...and so on, of course with different techniques and scales...does this seem like a good Idea?
I asked my girlfriend how long time ago I got serious about practicing scales with a metronome(to me it seemed like a lifetime)...she said "about three weeks ago". I got blown away! Already so much progress!!! So when you told me to make up a schedule it made me realize it´s also a great way to document my progress! Very Nice!
Oops...well my schedule didn´t turn out great in this text box, but I think you get the point:)
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