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Mrblomme
post Dec 13 2007, 05:46 PM
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Ok I now play a few months but I'm a total disaster if it comes to practice things.
I dont mean that I dont learn fast but I mean that I dont have a routine.

That week I'm playing Enter Sandman from Metallica, that week I play AC/DC and so on...

But the point is, I dont learn things that easy because I dont have a good routine.

Could anyone say me what is a good routine if you lets say play 1 hour a day.

In the vacation this could be 5 hours on some days and some days nothing caus I'll be with me girlfriend or she with me so then I dont play the guitar a lot laugh.gif .

BTW: I'm quite a beginner at scales etc, I know the Am Pentatonic scale but thats all.


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post Dec 13 2007, 06:03 PM
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If you consciously split your practice time into sections dedicated to different aspects of playing it will help you improve a lot!

So in an hour maybe warm up and jam something fun for 10-15mins, then spend 15mins on some technical exercises (alternate picking, economy picking, etc), then 15 mins on improvisation (in many different styles, and wrap it up with 15 mins spent on learning a new piece or learning some theory related stuff.

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post Dec 13 2007, 06:18 PM
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QUOTE (David.C.Bond @ Dec 13 2007, 12:03 PM) *
If you consciously split your practice time into sections dedicated to different aspects of playing it will help you improve a lot!

So in an hour maybe warm up and jam something fun for 10-15mins, then spend 15mins on some technical exercises (alternate picking, economy picking, etc), then 15 mins on improvisation (in many different styles, and wrap it up with 15 mins spent on learning a new piece or learning some theory related stuff.

Hope that helps!
David



This just about mt exact routine. I start to practice every night thinking an hour. If I get longer then great but always try to give it an hour. Sometimes I do wonder off but I just try to stay the course thinking of where I want to be a year from now.

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post Dec 13 2007, 06:23 PM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Dec 13 2007, 05:18 PM) *
This just about mt exact routine. I start to practice every night thinking an hour. If I get longer then great but always try to give it an hour. Sometimes I do wonder off but I just try to stay the course thinking of where I want to be a year from now.

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Then you've got a good routine, don't worry just keep on widdlin' and you'll soon shine!
Just make sure you cover as much ground as possible, play everything from fingerpicking through jazz to technical death metal and you'll be unstoppable.


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post Dec 13 2007, 07:06 PM
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Isn't there a good order to learn your theory ?

Like begin with that sort of scale or ...


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post Dec 13 2007, 07:11 PM
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I recommend the Guitar Grimoire series by Adam Kadmon. You can find them used on Amazon.com and the "Scales & Modes" book as well as "The Exercise Book" are what I use.

The exercise book teaches you every position of the Fmaj scale then different mixes you can put on it, where you ascend in position one, then descend in position 2, etc. The scales & modes book is just a great reference tool.


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post Dec 13 2007, 09:41 PM
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Make a system like for example Petrucci does. Make a list of all techniques that you need to practise like for example:

- scales
- shredding excercieses
- right hand struming
- power chords
- learning one solo

off course dont follow blindly what I just wrote, just think about what you like the most. THen after yo make a list, start making a list of excersises in those categories. FOr example:

- scales:
- i need to learn a whole major scale
- i need to learn a whole minor scale

then you take some fretsheets for example and make the scales, write the positions donw and determine (using as a reference your first exercise) bmp for EVERY exercise.

This should keep you occupied for a while. And try to make your exercises small enoguh so they dont become boring. If you rpactise somethnig for 1 hour it will bore you to death. But if you make a smaller exercises - each 15 minutes and then rotate among then, not in the same category, then you will be very occupied trust me.


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post Dec 13 2007, 11:02 PM
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Oké that was a great help. smile.gif

I'm now planning to learn all the boxes of the Minor Pentatonic Scale and do some practice on alternate picking, the rest I will see tomorrow smile.gif

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post Dec 13 2007, 11:50 PM
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FOr boxes yo do it like one box per day. WHat is important is to learn all the boxes at the same bpm. Don`t skip the first box because you "allready know it", since that is the often mistake. Just go through them all thoroughly and patiently. That will take increase your daily routine for another 15mintues per day, so, again, be carefull what you practise and how much. Have fun man smile.gif


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post Dec 13 2007, 11:54 PM
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Hehe thx I look forward till tomorrow lol
Firstly I'm going to make my test for French and then I have the whole day to practice


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post Dec 14 2007, 10:03 AM
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Thats great man. Good luck. Warm up before you do your exercises, so you avoid to have weak or damaged muscels when you get older. When you start practising always write down the bpm from the end of the exercise. FOr example play the first box until you reach the point where your hands and body start to tense up. THen you stop. You will get nothing playing fatigued. Write down the bpm fore exampe - 120bpm. THis does not mean that you can actually play that fast, you can play in real life at about 100-110 comfortably after that, so bare that in mind. DOnt overdo it. Keep in mind the quality of the sound, and speed will come in time.


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post Dec 15 2007, 12:55 PM
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Someone knows a good excercise for alternate picking? I do my scales with alternate but maybe something else?

There are a lot of vid's of alternate picking here but I dont know where to start. biggrin.gif


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post Dec 15 2007, 02:47 PM
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QUOTE (Mrblomme @ Dec 15 2007, 12:55 PM) *
Someone knows a good excercise for alternate picking? I do my scales with alternate but maybe something else?

There are a lot of vid's of alternate picking here but I dont know where to start. biggrin.gif


Hi Mrblomme!
I'm Eddie, and I'm a beginner too, so trust me:
a great exercise is Muris' "Altermate Picking-Thirds"!
It helped me SO much!
It has both major and minor in it, so it really helps you to "hear" the difference between them!
Trust me, it's magic!
Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
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post Dec 15 2007, 02:49 PM
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QUOTE (eddiecat @ Dec 15 2007, 02:47 PM) *
Hi Mrblomme!
I'm Eddie, and I'm a beginner too, so trust me:
a great exercise is Muris' "Altermate Picking-Thirds"!
It helped me SO much!
Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
Eddie

Ok if it helped you it'll also help me (probably laugh.gif )

thx for the advice wink.gif


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post Dec 15 2007, 02:56 PM
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QUOTE (Mrblomme @ Dec 15 2007, 02:49 PM) *
Ok if it helped you it'll also help me (probably laugh.gif )

thx for the advice wink.gif


If you want I can tell you the lessons I've been concentrating on
in these last months.
I started out in September as an absolute beginner and now I'm a real beginner laugh.gif
If you need some beginner help you can PM me any time!
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