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post Jun 18 2008, 04:15 AM
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Alright, it's time for Ryan (that's me) to get serious about guitar again.

I've realized that my downfall the last time I tried to do this was not realizing that there's a difference between practicing and playing my guitar.

I PLAY my guitar quite a bit, but I didn't PRACTICE my guitar enough. Hence, progress was hardly visible when it came down to learning scales, theory, and new techniques.

This means I need to sit down and plan out a practice schedule before I sit down to actually practice. This includes learning scales, and practicing techniques. Then I can waste as much time as I want playing my guitar.

My question to all of you is how do you achieve this?

What does your practice plan look like for every day and how do you record your progress?

I was thinking about making an Excel spreadsheet and recording at the start of each week the speed, or whatever unit of measurement you're going to use, and trying to improve it every week.

I know that most of my favourite guitarists (the biggest being Petrucci) have a very in-depth theory understanding so I think I'm going to start by learning the notes of the fretboard and learning scales.

I'm also going to start playing scales up and down while trying to match the pitch, then trying to do it without playing and just singing it to improve my ear.

I require structure because I don't have enough discipline and I need your help!

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post Jun 18 2008, 11:19 AM
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I suggest you find an instruction book that suits your style and stick to it.For instance I studied a lot from Troy Stetina speed mechanics for lead guitar also Rock discipline from petrucci and one more VHS by Vinnie Moore. I was just doing what they told me
Then I had one book only for modes (I suggest Guitar grimoire) exclusively for scales. Add a metronome in all that and I believe you got a great training schedule
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post Jun 18 2008, 11:29 AM
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hey man. you know there is an easy answer to your questions. Just choose a lesson and perfect it. Break down, practice the sections as exercises every day. Learn what scales and chords the peice is useing, work hard at nailing the peice.

There are so many questions about how to practice, and it can seem totally overwhelming. I personally just cut the carp and practice practice practice as many lessons as I can. And I dont mean do it for a few weeks then move on when im bored. I mean practice the exercises, licks and riffs untill i see my skill level advance.

I have been practicing 2 x level 9 lessons since before christmas and I have seen a massive improvment in my ability. Just picks some lessons and run with it smile.gif

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post Jun 18 2008, 04:15 PM
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I would suggest Petrucci's method. You take a nice notebook (durable and quality one). THen you start writing down exercises for your next period. In order to make a good system you should have some theory knowledge. Check out Andrew theory lessons. Make notes like these main categories (and add something you particuilary want to learn)

- AP
- CHords
- Rhythm
- Tapping
- Legato
- Scales
- Bend
- Vibrato

THen you can check what techniques you can combine. FOr example you can do on AP and scales together, or legato with scales and AP with scales next month. If you work this month legato on scales do arppegios of chords from that scale with legato and next week rotate. Also you can work on bends and you get better at vibrato too. When doign rhythm, practice the chords from the scales you are practicing AP and legato. This way you will have everything interconnected.

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