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Mads Practice Routine, Yet Another Practice Plan :)
mad
Aug 17 2015, 10:04 AM
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Lately I decided to make a fresh plan again to organize my guitar practice time.

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Here are the routines/lessons in detail:
AP#1 : I use 'Guitar Speed Trainer'
AP#2 : Guidos Finger-Fitness Lesson
Tapping: Daniel Realpe, Basic Tapping
Legato: Muris' Legato Lesson
Sweep Picking: Lians Major&Minor Sweeps Lesson
Theory: I use a book called 'Guitar Fretboard Workout' by Barret Tagliarino
Improvise: Gabriels improvise workout and/or any backing and just jam over it..
Ear Training: Gabriels ear training workout
Rhythm/Timing: Gabriels timing workout

I'm in my 2nd week using this plan and I must say it works great for me.
Normally I spend more time on the lessons/improvisation than specified.
Eventually I'm going to refresh the plan every 4 weeks with new techniques/songs.

Gabriel encouraged me to post this plan in the forum and I'd also like to track my progress with some recordings here.

Let me know what you think smile.gif

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Gabriel Leopardi
Aug 17 2015, 09:27 PM
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Hi mate! Great to find this program here! It's very inspiring to see these kind of plans so I'm sure that many of us will be following your progress and taking ideas for our own routines. I'll monitor your progress here so feel free to post takes and I'll be giving my thoughts about them.

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Bogdan Radovic
Aug 17 2015, 09:50 PM
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Thanks for sharing your practice plan, I think it will be useful and inspiring to many! smile.gif

I was wondering what are your impressions after 2 weeks of doing it, most primarily which segments of it do you enjoy the most?

It is interesting to know as we are all different and enjoy different things. Personally, I would probably enjoy a plan like this with a tweak where I dedicate more of full days to just improvisation or learning songs while adding more exercise/practice new things to other days. So, basically a full daily session of practicing/exercises etc and a full daily session of improvisation for example. Just to avoid smashing too many of different things into short time slots in fear of getting distracted or not retaining well what I just did.

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mad
Aug 18 2015, 12:25 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 17 2015, 08:27 PM) *
Hi mate! Great to find this program here! It's very inspiring to see these kind of plans so I'm sure that many of us will be following your progress and taking ideas for our own routines. I'll monitor your progress here so feel free to post takes and I'll be giving my thoughts about them.

All the best with this program.


Thanks Gab! I'll do so very soon wink.gif


QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Aug 17 2015, 08:50 PM) *
Thanks for sharing your practice plan, I think it will be useful and inspiring to many! smile.gif

I was wondering what are your impressions after 2 weeks of doing it, most primarily which segments of it do you enjoy the most?

It is interesting to know as we are all different and enjoy different things. Personally, I would probably enjoy a plan like this with a tweak where I dedicate more of full days to just improvisation or learning songs while adding more exercise/practice new things to other days. So, basically a full daily session of practicing/exercises etc and a full daily session of improvisation for example. Just to avoid smashing too many of different things into short time slots in fear of getting distracted or not retaining well what I just did.


I took some time not playing guitar at all in the last months, so the first week was just getting back to practicing again. And I'd love to have a plan where I can spend a full day with practicing - but time is not on my side here biggrin.gif
I think I need such a plan with few different things to practice each day to keep me motivated - and as long as there is some (even slow) progress, it's ok. The time I specified for each session is a minimum, but mostly I spend more time on each session. I do rests after each session and may do another warmup when getting back to the next session later on, just to get things I just practiced into my head first before straightly giong to the next lesson. I mostly enjoy learning the GMC lessons and improvising tongue.gif
Next month I'm getting back to play in my band again - I took a pause due to some personal problems..

Ok, stay tuned for some updates and recordings soon cool.gif

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Aug 18 2015, 12:50 PM
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OK, so here are some recordings from the past sessions including the first 4 timing workout assignments from Gabs workout.

Tapping - really hard for me, but here's my result after having some sessions:
Attached File  BasicTapping_90bpm.mp3 ( 1.14MB ) Number of downloads: 95


Alternate picking/Warmup. First I had problems remembering those patterns, now it's just changing strings. I think there is a problem with my right hand movement - it's rotating and it might be the wrong technique for me...



Timing workouts..

Attached File  Assignment_1.mp3 ( 1.18MB ) Number of downloads: 114


Attached File  Assignment_2_8th.mp3 ( 1.09MB ) Number of downloads: 101


Attached File  Assignment_2_8th_t.mp3 ( 1.09MB ) Number of downloads: 90


Attached File  Assignment_3.mp3 ( 1.66MB ) Number of downloads: 90


Attached File  Assignment_4.mp3 ( 859.97K ) Number of downloads: 106

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Gabriel Leopardi
Aug 18 2015, 02:24 PM
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Hi Mad! Cool to find your audios and video here! This sounds good to be the first sessions of your plan. The tapping off course needs to be polished while the warming up sounds good at this tempo (just little sync issues near to the end).

The timing workout is also on the right track. Assignment 2 triplets are not going tight on this one, but then on assignment 4 you play triplets tighter. Assignment 3 also has some room to sounds tighter, mostly when you switch from one pattern to the other one.

Keep on the good job!

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mad
Aug 19 2015, 08:32 AM
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Thanks Gab, will keep working on those timing exercises and the next one (5).

Here are some new recordings:



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Aug 19 2015, 02:26 PM
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Good job man. This lessons are on the way! Keep them practicing to polish details (more precision on legato, cleaner and tighter sound on sweep picking).

Antesmasque.... I've been listening their album and I can say that it's one of the best things I've heard in the last years... smile.gif

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Aug 21 2015, 09:06 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 19 2015, 01:26 PM) *
Good job man. This lessons are on the way! Keep them practicing to polish details (more precision on legato, cleaner and tighter sound on sweep picking).

Thanks Gabriel, will do smile.gif

Here's Assignment #5 for your timing workout:



QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 19 2015, 01:26 PM) *
Antesmasque.... I've been listening their album and I can say that it's one of the best things I've heard in the last years... smile.gif

Saw them live in october last year - it was f***ing amazing!!

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Aug 21 2015, 10:24 AM
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And here is another recording for the tapping-lesson. Still need to clear up some parts, but it's nearly at full speed...

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Good job with this lesson mate. There are some little details to fix but the technique used is correct, it's just a matter of time.

Howe are you feeling with this routine? Are you comfortable? Enjoying the sessions?

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Gabriel Leopardi
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QUOTE (mad @ Aug 21 2015, 05:06 AM) *
Thanks Gabriel, will do smile.gif

Here's Assignment #5 for your timing workout:




Hi Mad, good job with this one. Most of the take is sounding tight but there are still some moments when your playing is not tight enough. Also, the intensity of your playing is not totally consistent so I think that some more days of practice to adjust details is a good idea. Let's keep it in your routine.

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Aug 24 2015, 07:37 AM
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Thanks Gab, yeha I know what you mean. I'll take some special care and extra time on this assignment smile.gif

And yes - I really enjoy the sessions! I think I'm sticking with the lessons for another 2 weeks and then I'm going to replace some..

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Progress for the tapping lesson..


Still need too clean up some parts and the timing is sometimes off, but I think I'm switching to a different tapping-lesson and maybe come back later for it.

Any recommendations for a tapping lesson?

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I slightly restructured my practice-plan..

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As for the lessons:
Warmup: I use my own routine(s), if anyone interested I can share a GP-file
AP#1: Muris Alternate Workout
AP#2: Guidos Finger-Fitness Lesson
Tapping: (still searching for a lesson..)
Theory/Improvise: Gabriels Improvisation Workout
Ear Training: Ear Beater / Gabriels Ear Training
Rhythm/Timing: Gabriels Timing Workout
Sweep Picking: Lians Major&Minor Sweeps Lesson

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Hi Mad, from what I can notice, the new plan has less topics but more time for each, doesn't it?

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Sep 9 2015, 10:49 AM
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Yes, just because I tend to need more time on specific topics. Improvising and Sweep Picking needs more time. I'm adding that guitar gym as soon as it starts, too smile.gif

Here is a recording for the rhythm workout assignment#6 :
Attached File  RhythmFiguresWorkout.mp3 ( 918.6K ) Number of downloads: 108


And another progress-recording for the Tapping-Lesson:
Attached File  BasicTapping_105bpm.mp3 ( 1004.75K ) Number of downloads: 81

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Hi Mad, good job on this two topics. The timing assignment sounds good, it only has one or two notes that aren't totally tight but the overall is really good. Tapping is also much better, it sounds clean and tight most of the time.

I can see you progressing really fast with this plan mate, congrats!

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Sep 15 2015, 11:23 AM
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Thanks Gab! Working hard these days tongue.gif
Here's my take for the improvisation course week#1:

Attached File  week_1.mp3 ( 1.01MB ) Number of downloads: 101


Nothing spectacular and very short but it took me quite a while to come up with something like a catchy melody..

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Hi Mad! You impro is commented HERE.

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