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> What to choose for your x minutes of scales and technique..., I'm not sure what the best way to do this is...
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post Nov 16 2006, 05:58 AM
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Hi there,

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I've been doing what Kris said about practicing in that I take x mintues (20 - 30 minutes if I have an hour or so) and I do my scales and technique stuff (different patterns in scales so I just don't play the scales up and down all night.).

I have a document on the PC that lists all the little patterns I've found (lots from Kirs, thanks man) and others that I've made myself. I also write down the highest speed on my metronome that I could play that pattern cleanly.

My question is: When I do my x minutes per day, should I stick to doing the same ones like going from pattern 1 to 6 every day or should I maybe pick a new few every day and add them to the list? Should I even keep a list or just grab a random pattern and use that for the day and work up good speed that way....

I guess I'm just not sure the best way to get faster and know the fretboard better. My thinking is that if I pick different patterns every day (from different scales and boxes), I'll expose myself to more of the fretboard. Or do you get faster just playing the same pattern and burning that into your brain for say a week at a time and then move on?

I'm just confused because I have so many patterns and I'm not sure what to do with them... just pick random?

Maybe a better question: Do you get faster playing the same patterns over and over or can you get fast playing many different patterns and that will just move up your over-all speed?

Sorry for all the words hahaha, I tend to over-analyze things.... I'm such a nerd.
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post Nov 16 2006, 08:53 AM
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There is no right ot wrong here - you will just develop different abilities depending on which method you choose.

If you practice the same patterns for months a months you will progress really fast with those, but have a smaller repertoire - (all though you will be able to play convincing with your "small reperoire").

If you choose to constantly find new patterns to practice your noticable progress will take much longer - but your reperoire will be awesome once you get there- ie you will be able to more interesting variations etc.

Perhaps a suggestion would be to stick with a few patterns which you keep the same - while also spending some practice time for new ones...?

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post Nov 16 2006, 04:28 PM
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Hey Kris,

Thanks for the reply and I you make a good point! That's a good way to get the best of both worlds.

What I'll do is grab a few "staple patterns" to practice for longer period of time and get really good at those. Then in the same practice I'll leave some time for new ones which I will change more often.

Great idea... guess that's why your the teacher and I'm the student. biggrin.gif
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