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post Nov 2 2007, 04:35 AM
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Well im at a point in my guitar journey where I need to start making choices. What kind of guitarist I want to be. Changing my practice routine to become more serious. And a bunch of other stuff. I think for the past 2 months of been slacking off. How do I know this ? Ive lost my ability to be able to play in front of people at my maximum potential . Some of my friends came over yesterday and I got all nervous and just started flat out sucking. I tensed up, turned flanger on and went into " Power Chord Zone" a zone I had stayed away from for so long.

I need to figure things out and start making some choices in order to become the guitarist that I want to be.
Anyone have any tips on the following mentioned above ? Thanks, J.M


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post Nov 2 2007, 04:46 AM
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QUOTE (Eat-Sleep-andJam @ Nov 1 2007, 08:35 PM) *
Well im at a point in my guitar journey where I need to start making choices. What kind of guitarist I want to be. Changing my practice routine to become more serious. And a bunch of other stuff. I think for the past 2 months of been slacking off. How do I know this ? Ive lost my ability to be able to play in front of people at my maximum potential . Some of my friends came over yesterday and I got all nervous and just started flat out sucking. I tensed up, turned flanger on and went into " Power Chord Zone" a zone I had stayed away from for so long.

I need to figure things out and start making some choices in order to become the guitarist that I want to be.
Anyone have any tips on the following mentioned above ? Thanks, J.M



I feel you, man. But I think you already know the answer you're seeking. You're really gonna have to look inward and ask yourself what kind of musician you want to grow into. Though, I do think too many people are focused on playing like the guitarists they look up to. I think a more important thing to do is to decide what styles you love listening to and would love to learn, and figure out how you're going to make them your own. Its important to note that the guitarists we love listening to didn't listen to anyone that sounded exactly like them. The took it their own direction, they didn't stand in one place.

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post Nov 2 2007, 04:46 AM
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I believe the main point is to satisfied yourself,not somebody else.
If you're thinking of wrong things too much you get nervous and on and on...
Good thing is that you're aware of what is it you have to do.
Maybe it's changing practicing routine
but it also could be adding MORE practicing.
Anyhow,it's always one magic word...practicing. smile.gif


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post Nov 2 2007, 07:47 AM
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i agree strongly with muris here on this subject.
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post Nov 2 2007, 08:04 AM
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Yeah I needed some time to reflect.....So I went to Grandmas house wub.gif

I thought about it and relized what I want and need to do.


1. I need to stop caring so much about what others think and just think of what it is that I desire and attack it.

2. I need a better practice routine and Im making one up as we speak.

3. I also need to spend more time on specific lessons here at Gmc, I often find my self "skipping around to much" Bad ! No More ! smile.gif

Any Recomendations of Balancing Practice Time of lets say 3 hours with Technique, Theory and Lessons ?

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post Nov 2 2007, 08:20 AM
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My practice routine:

1 hour alternate picking- A few alt. picking lessons. I switch between these every 10 or 15 minutes.

1 hour sweeping- All of Pavel's lessons.

1 hour rythem- Mostly Pavel, Kai, and Gabe.

I try to get in a little bit more time than this, but its hard with work and school mad.gif

Practice exercises that you know will help you improve, but also learn at least have a couple of lessons or songs for fun, so that you don't just get locked into the same routine every day; and of course study scales and theory and learn how to improvise. Hope this helps.

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post Nov 2 2007, 08:37 AM
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I took Kris's advice on how to practice and kinda ran with it. I have sort of a regimen.

Monday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minutes Scale Review
30 minutes learning/reviewing lessons/solos
1 hour practing lessons/solos/improvising

Tuesday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minute theory review / Sight reading review
30 minute chord progression/song review
1 hour rhythm exercise / singing and playing

Wednesday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 mintes sight reading
1 hour 30 minutes fingerstyle practice

Thursday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minutes Scale Review
30 minutes learning/reviewing lessons/solos
1 hour practing lessons/solos/improvising

Friday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minute theory review / Sight reading review
30 chord progression/song review
1 hour rhythm exercise / singing and playing

Saturday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minutes sight reading
30 mintute scale review
1 hour improvising/practicing/fingerstyle

Sunday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
2 hours writing/improvising/practicing songs


You can add about 30 minutes to an hour of reading over the forums and whatnot.


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The one other thing I would add - up to you whether you formalise it as part of your practice routine or not though - is to actively listen to a broad section of music. By actively I mean concentrate and think about how the music sits together and why. Don't just listen to guitar orientated rock, listen to other types of music and instruments. If all you listen to is the same 3 power chords that is ultimately what you will play. No harm in that IF that's what you want and aspire to but there is a whole lot more to music then that.

If possible listen to some classical pieces with the actual score in front of you and look at how the conductor is interpreting the work. Listen to the improvised solos that different jazz players (sax, trumpet, piano as well as guitar) blow over the same standard song and consider what makes the solos different and distinctive. If you listen to Coltrane solo over Naima it's different to Davis who is in turn different to Scofield who again is different to Mike Stern and so on. Part of the reason why some players are particularly good is because they really did learn from their sources - not just memorising but learning and understanding how and why.

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post Nov 3 2007, 01:53 AM
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Nov 3 2007, 01:45 AM) *
The one other thing I would add - up to you whether you formalise it as part of your practice routine or not though - is to actively listen to a broad section of music. By actively I mean concentrate and think about how the music sits together and why. Don't just listen to guitar orientated rock, listen to other types of music and instruments. If all you listen to is the same 3 power chords that is ultimately what you will play. No harm in that IF that's what you want and aspire to but there is a whole lot more to music then that.

If possible listen to some classical pieces with the actual score in front of you and look at how the conductor is interpreting the work. Listen to the improvised solos that different jazz players (sax, trumpet, piano as well as guitar) blow over the same standard song and consider what makes the solos different and distinctive. If you listen to Coltrane solo over Naima it's different to Davis who is in turn different to Scofield who again is different to Mike Stern and so on. Part of the reason why some players are particularly good is because they really did learn from their sources - not just memorising but learning and understanding how and why.

Cheers,
Tony

Yes, yes, yes! Listening to alot of different things is very important. VERY!

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QUOTE (Robin @ Nov 2 2007, 04:53 PM) *
Yes, yes, yes! Listening to alot of different things is very important. VERY!



Yeah you know I couldnt thank you guys more.smile.gif Today in StudyHall I formulated a practice routine which I will probably modify a little bit. And I will be sure to expand my styles of music. Thanks to are variety of instructors I can now hear lots of different types of music. But I do believe that I now want to be a metal-shred-neoclassical-guitarist, yet I still want to take a litte bit from each style.

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QUOTE (Spiderusalem @ Nov 2 2007, 07:37 AM) *
I took Kris's advice on how to practice and kinda ran with it. I have sort of a regimen.

Monday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minutes Scale Review
30 minutes learning/reviewing lessons/solos
1 hour practing lessons/solos/improvising

Tuesday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minute theory review / Sight reading review
30 minute chord progression/song review
1 hour rhythm exercise / singing and playing

Wednesday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 mintes sight reading
1 hour 30 minutes fingerstyle practice

Thursday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minutes Scale Review
30 minutes learning/reviewing lessons/solos
1 hour practing lessons/solos/improvising

Friday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minute theory review / Sight reading review
30 chord progression/song review
1 hour rhythm exercise / singing and playing

Saturday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
30 minutes sight reading
30 mintute scale review
1 hour improvising/practicing/fingerstyle

Sunday:
1 hour sweep picking/alternate picking excercises, finger stretches
2 hours writing/improvising/practicing songs
You can add about 30 minutes to an hour of reading over the forums and whatnot.


I wish I had the organisational skills to make room for this kind of scheduling, unfortunately I dont, I kinda sit down and just play. cool.gif

But yeah, maintain a wide variety of influences, dont become to stuck in a genre - I have before and its kinda dull, a refresh of musical tastes once in a while helps keep inspiration up there! biggrin.gif

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