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Note: This was mainly one of my essays explaining my practicing routine, and I think it’s important for you guys to know.
As musicians, practicing is essential. If you are truly dedicated to music, you require talent, direction, education, and ambition. Ambition is the most important, as you need the will, desire and stamina to practice. If any musician does not have this, talent means nothing.
The main idea for us musicians is to create a practicing routine AND KEEP TO IT!! What I hope you will all do is create some sort of timetable, saying which hours you plan to start practicing, hopefully for an hour, THEN take a break for at most; half an hour. Then go back to it.
What you should be doing during this practicing routine:
First: Scales and Warm-ups
Second: Transcribing songs ---> I feel this is extremely important as you need to transcribe songs to know and understand how to play the guitar. Transcribing will help you to know chords, progressions, licks, technique, and KNOWLEDGE.
I think the important thing to do, is gradually learn how to read notation. TAB sucks in my opinion, and most of the stuff you find online is almost always wrong. It would help all of you if you plan to take this as a future, to learn notation (read music). It's not necessary in some genres, but it'll help you so much.
What you should be doing to actually understand the guitar is while you’re transcribing songs, learning new scales, etc. you should be asking yourself things like: “Why does this work?”, “How can I use this for my improvisation?”. In time this will help you to be able to “see” where you’re improvising (soloing) bars before.
When I say “see” I mean mentally, most will already understand this, but if you don’t, it’s how you can “see” a power chord, or the pentatonic scale. It’s how you can mentally see your way around.
THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY OF LEARNING IS SELF DISCOVERY!
I think self discovery is really important and I feel you should, if you’re truly dedicated to music, start learning on your own. Of course I am not saying that you have to leave a teacher, because they’re always helpful and good to have. But what I am saying is to split away from other opinions, and find your own. Learn music your way. If you have questions which you can’t answer, go right ahead and ask your teacher, that’s what they’re there for. But try to answer them yourself.
Once you feel you're finished with transcribing songs for the day, move onto speed. A Metronome is helpful here. What you should be doing is playing at a comfortable tempo (solos, scales, licks, chords, whatever) then when you make no mistakes, increase your tempo, play that until you have no mistakes, and increase it again. The point in this is to improve your accuracy, this could be during improvising or just general playing, doesn’t matter which, it’s important you play accurately at any point in a song.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein.
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When you say transcribing, do you mean taking a song in sheet music and tabbing it, or listening to a song and tabbing it out, or, something else?
Transcribing can mean a few things;
Very well said. Your routine is exactly how I am pursuing the guitar. I also add in some basic music reading/fret note-position familiarization once in a while in the knowledge department. keep tips coming!!!
i would like to inform all of you, that if you have any intention of being a professional musician, or even a worthy musician, learn to sight read sheet music... now. forget tablature. use your ears to replace it, and actually read music for everything else.
It's important to learn notation when trying to transcribe songs.
I really wished I studied that way by learning the notes it was really hard for me to get the notes so I just went by ear and kinda learned backwards...it would have saved me so much grief...so my hat s off to the sheet readers!!!
cant transcribing also mean moving it to a different key? or is that something else?
Yep, it can mean that, but that's down to the musician if he or she wants to change the key. I recommend learning it in the original key first, and then moving it around after. This can also help you to see more around the fret board.
I wish I could practice everyday like that. I can't because I'm always at school doing something. so during school I usually practice theory. i use to play for about 5 hours a day which is ok.. but now it's only like an hour a day, three hours if i'm lucky.
You guys practice a hell of a lot compared to me
i should get a practice routine. currently i just mess around tryin to find riffs and playin songs
yea same here exept all i do is sweep pick and fiddle around on the guitar
I recommend writing down a practicing timetable, or a brainstorm for the times you do practice if it's an hour or more, make sure you practice everything that's on the brainstorm. It'll help you in the long run and you'll feel more confident in each area of music.
To add to this I would suggest that you note there is a difference between practice and playing. Practicing is the not so fun part, playing is what you live for.
good points tele
I kind of felt it was obvious about the difference and the point in aiming for that great goal. But then again, it depends on how you see it. Sometimes practicing can truly be exhausting for the mind. Other times it can be so much fun.
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