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Ben Higgins
post Nov 4 2011, 10:22 AM
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Hey Guys... I wondered how you divide your time with particular exercises ? For example, do you spend 5 mins on one exercise, then move to the next one for 5 mins etc.. or do you count how many repetitions you do of an exercise ? For example, 50 reps of one lick, then 50 of the next one...

I've recently started counting repetitions and I've noticed that it gives you a feeling of achievement. If you say to someone that you played something 50 or 100 times it sounds like a lot doesn't it ? But in reality it doesn't take very long to do this.. if it's a short lick, it may take only a minute to reach 100 reps.. but it's still 100 perfect (as can be) reps of a lick. If you do that every day for a few weeks then that's a lot of reps !!

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post Nov 4 2011, 03:54 PM
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At first I thought this topic would be about keeping time with a clock. laugh.gif I just practice something until I comfortable with it, relatively anyway, and then move on. I do this when I'm learning a song. I have ADHD, so I lose interest if I keep doing the same riff over and over. I like to string things together and practice them as a whole. It feels like I'm learning faster in this manner. It may be that I am for my personal practice.

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post Nov 4 2011, 04:27 PM
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QUOTE (thefireball @ Nov 4 2011, 03:54 PM) *
At first I thought this topic would be about keeping time with a clock. laugh.gif


Haha, yeah that would be challenging, using the seconds hand as a metronome ! laugh.gif


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post Nov 4 2011, 04:31 PM
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QUOTE (thefireball @ Nov 4 2011, 02:54 PM) *
At first I thought this topic would be about keeping time with a clock. laugh.gif I just practice something until I comfortable with it, relatively anyway, and then move on. I do this when I'm learning a song. I have ADHD, so I lose interest if I keep doing the same riff over and over. I like to string things together and practice them as a whole. It feels like I'm learning faster in this manner. It may be that I am for my personal practice.

Brandon


+1 laugh.gif when I read it, I thought the very SAME biggrin.gif 'Why would Ben want to keep tight timing with a clock?' tongue.gif I don't keep track of these things. My approach is a little different, meaning that after I nail something perfectly, I tend to play it 4-5 times and make it sound perfect and then I move on to something else..maybe I should linger a bit more on things even after I get them down biggrin.gif


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post Dec 21 2011, 04:52 AM
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It just depends. If I have a lot going on and only have a small window of time to practice, then I have to squeeze in everything in short bursts. When I have more time, I try to work on something until I feel like I've made progress. It just depends on if I have to learn new songs for a gig or if I have time to actually work on technique exercises.


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post Dec 21 2011, 07:01 AM
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I work on sometihing untill i get tired of it and then i switch to something else


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post Dec 21 2011, 08:30 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Dec 21 2011, 03:52 AM) *
It just depends. If I have a lot going on and only have a small window of time to practice, then I have to squeeze in everything in short bursts. When I have more time, I try to work on something until I feel like I've made progress. It just depends on if I have to learn new songs for a gig or if I have time to actually work on technique exercises.


This happens to me as well, at least in the last 2 years. I would love more time for practicing, but, being an active artist is important, if you want to make it out there smile.gif so I guess I am not complaining...yet laugh.gif


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post Dec 21 2011, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Dec 21 2011, 07:30 AM) *
This happens to me as well, at least in the last 2 years. I would love more time for practicing, but, being an active artist is important, if you want to make it out there smile.gif so I guess I am not complaining...yet laugh.gif


Yeah, being a musician means spending a lot of time not practising because we're too busy recording, writing etc ! laugh.gif


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post Dec 21 2011, 01:17 PM
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I practice until I get bored. As someone that is struggling to get off the board on the rec program I should be more disciplined. I find I practice maybe one thing for an hour or even two and neglect other things maybe I should do the everyday 5 mins on different stuff rather than the marathon on one
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post Dec 21 2011, 04:14 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Dec 21 2011, 04:30 AM) *
This happens to me as well, at least in the last 2 years. I would love more time for practicing, but, being an active artist is important, if you want to make it out there smile.gif so I guess I am not complaining...yet laugh.gif



It's true! This is what happens to me.. and every time I feel a bit frustrated because I couldn't practice I remember myself that the main purpose of all is making music. smile.gif


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post Dec 21 2011, 10:11 PM
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Usually,I let the rhythm machine to choose bit,then picking a pattern which want to practice, and playing until get bored,let say-about 30min. Then going to the new rhythm and other pattern, and so on..Giving up when I get hungry !


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post Dec 21 2011, 10:35 PM
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IMHO I only practice based on what motivates me more , it could sound a litle bit deorganized, but it really keeps me happy all the time. If it makes me happy to learn something new, I'll do it, and I can play it all day long no mater what. Music and life is about the passion tu put into it, so I don't count and don't keep track of the clock.


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post Dec 21 2011, 11:05 PM
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These days I was just working on these 6 areas, and I tend to change the areas after a month or so, so I don't get bored:

- pentatonic exercises over chords
- melodic minor exercises over chords
- strumming
- riffing exercises
- AP runs
- arpeggios over progressions

Within a session, if I have a long session, I work on all areas, 5-10 minute per area, then loop it around, and work more faster. So while I'm on one exercises, the previous one is being memorizing, and fingers are not constantly doing same work, I get tired like that. So, I'm changing exercises fast, and pushing the precision as fast as possible. When I come to the limit, I stop, work on something else, push some more, stop, work on something else, push some more (and this can go around and around, but I don't have too much time biggrin.gif )

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post Dec 22 2011, 12:51 PM
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Niether, counting or using the clock are to mainstream, so i use the Sun and Stars to guide me cool.gif

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post Dec 22 2011, 01:37 PM
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QUOTE (MonkeyDAthos @ Dec 22 2011, 11:51 AM) *
Niether, counting or using the clock are to mainstream, so i use the Sun and Stars to guide me cool.gif


biggrin.gif Mate, your answer is the best so far biggrin.gif


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post Dec 23 2011, 09:14 AM
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I think the exercise it self can suggest how long you should spend practicing it. The aim should be to play what ever it is your doing with confidence and without mistakes & over time as you master the exercise you do less repetitions because at that point your just maintaining the technique.
You have to be your own guitar training doctor, know what solutions you need to remedy the given problems, know what dosage of practice is right for you, and avoid overdosing from too much practice biggrin.gif
Another important point is "Always Follow The Masters" other words get to know about the practice habit of accomplished musicians who you admire. Those guys know exactly what to practice and how to practice, otherwise they wouldn't be Masters & we wouldn't be following them biggrin.gif
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post Dec 23 2011, 10:21 AM
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QUOTE (Amir Razmara @ Dec 23 2011, 08:14 AM) *
I think the exercise it self can suggest how long you should spend practicing it. The aim should be to play what ever it is your doing with confidence and without mistakes & over time as you master the exercise you do less repetitions because at that point your just maintaining the technique.
You have to be your own guitar training doctor, know what solutions you need to remedy the given problems, know what dosage of practice is right for you, and avoid overdosing from too much practice biggrin.gif
Another important point is "Always Follow The Masters" other words get to know about the practice habit of accomplished musicians who you admire. Those guys know exactly what to practice and how to practice, otherwise they wouldn't be Masters & we wouldn't be following them biggrin.gif


Brilliant advice Amir smile.gif


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