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I have been thinking through practice routines.  Some weeks they work.  Some weeks they don't.  Any Advice?

 

My first post.

Sincerely,

mohammed 

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Hello, Mohammad, and welcome to the forum. Since you're new, you probably haven't had time to explore. Practice is a big topic, and there's a lot of experience and thoughts about it here. I suggest you start with Steve's video, then consult some of the many good texts on the subject. I've collected a few of them here.

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Good Evening Ms. DianeB, 

I just finished watching Mr. Steve Krenz's video.  It's a great start.  

I will get to dig deeper into the forums.  Still Navigating.  

I looked at the book recommendations.  They look great.

How do you recommend using the forums? Post a question or idea? Search a topic? comment and reply on interesting topics? 

Thank you for all your help mam. 

I am a sponge for music learning and supporting.  Let me know how I can make a meaningful impact!

Merry Christmas,

Warm wishes,

Mohammed Lodhi

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi, Mohammad. Glad to help. Practice, play, and participate. Join us for the Live Lessons if you can. Details are in the sub forum. If you can’t watch and chat live, you can watch it a few days later after Steve posts the video. If you’re just starting out with guitar, I especially recommend Tom Heany’s “First, Learn to Practice”. It’s concise and direct.

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Mohammed, Diane has given you a lot of good information.

I thought I would share with you my current practice  lesson

1.     Hand stretching exercise. (I do this while preparing my morning coffee and usually under warm/hot water.)

2.     15 minutes work on scales,modes and arpeggios, those needed  for my core material.I use a timer. for all my practice, if I take a break I stop the timer. Once I learn the material I will use a metronome to improve, it’s not my favorite tool and if I don’t have a fairly good “handle” on what I am playing  the metronome  doesn’t help.

3.     15 to 30 minutes on my “Core  Material”.  This practice period my core Material is Autumn leaves melody 5 th position, (jazz standards)  Sundance, 5th position. (Mel bay)  12 bar blues solo 5th position, (activemelody on-line) This particular practice routine can last months.(I usually work on more than one thing to keep my sessions interesting and to avoid fretting hand fatigue.

4. 15 minutes chord melody chords for Autumn Leaves, barre chords and other chords used in the 12 bar blues solo sheet music.

5, 15 minutes working on a solo for Autumn Leaves. I am using scales and arpeggios I worked on in the first fifteen minutes of practice.plus, I also searched the internet for material for Autumn leaves done by better players and found two etudes  and one solo to help me create my own solo.

6. Have a lesson plan with all the material organized. so you aren’t wasting time looking for chords or patterns. Have a major scale worksheet and a fretboard worksheet. I keep all the material in a folder.

7. in the evening I usually spend a little time reading  music theory pertaining to my lesson and listening to the song  I am trying to learn.

Beginners have it easy. The material is already prepared in their guitar course. A private  teacher  will also have lesson plans ready to go.

 

 My “Guitar  Goal”  is learning to play the blues,

 

        “ if you sound good, you're probably not practicing.”   unknown 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you all. Keeping at it

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Hi Mohammed, hope you’re still sticking with it. A couple tips I’ve found and it applies to everything in life not just guitar. 1) it takes about 21 days to make something a habit so work on consistently practicing every day for 21 days will make it become part of your routine. 2) schedule the time to play, if you say “I’m practicing every day at 8pm” it will help you build that consistency. 3) 15 mins of focused practice will yield more results than an hour of noodling the same things over and over and 4) don’t forget why you’re playing guitar…to make music so make sure after you put in the work you’re still having fun playing the songs you like!!!

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Sorry for the late reply. Haven't been active in a while.  Making steady progress

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thanks for the like! @Eracer_Team-DougH. Enjoy your guitar retreat!  🎸 🎼 🎵 

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