Well Rounded Practice Routine, The 5 stages to building a well rounded guitar workout
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Jul 6 2013, 10:42 AM
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Well Rounded Guitar Workout

To follow up on a recent article, “Practice Room Journalling,” where I discussed how keeping track of your daily guitar workout can help you reach your goals in the woodshed, in today’s lesson we’ll look at dividing your practice routine into categories to ensure that you develop a well-rounded approach to the instrument when practicing.

As many of us know, we can often become focused on one or two items in the practice room, which is great for a short period of time when working out specific goals on the guitar, but in the long run this can sometimes lead to us being lopsided players, where we can do one or two things really well, but other aspects of our musicality have fallen behind.

In order to maintain a well-rounded practice routine, I like to break down time in the practice room into 5 categories.

1. Harmony - This is where you work on chords, chord progression, and other rhythm-guitar based material.

2. Melody - This material covers scales, arpeggios, licks and patterns, or actual melody lines, basically anything single-line based in your workout.

3. Repertoire - Learning new songs, or reviewing songs from your repertoire list to keep them fresh in your ears and fingers.

4. Vocabulary - Learning solos, licks, patterns and other phrases from recordings of your favorite players. This could be done by ear, or from studying out of transcription books.

5. Ear Training - Working on singing intervals, lifting solos and songs by ear, singing scales or arpeggios, basically anything that will better your ability to hear music and then translate it onto the guitar.

These are the 5 areas that I work on every day, and that I work on with my students as they develop a well-rounded approach to their daily workout.

What do you think of these 5 practice areas? Do you have a different approach to maintaining a well-rounded practice routine? Share your thoughts below.

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