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Mallcore Kid

Joined: Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:54 pm
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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 3:38 pm 

I am a beginner learning guitar for almost 2 years now. My routine goes like this I get stoned all morning and take a nap till evening and then get stoned again start practise around 6PM and continue still 12PM. Mostly I practise techniques off late as I need to practise excercises on scales and stuff to develop my speed. I also work out songs at my current playing level by ear to develop my ears. That's pretty much it. Share your current routine or your routine when you had your best development so I can incorporate the +ves into mine.

Metal newbie

Joined: Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:46 am
Posts: 37
Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 3:46 am 

To be honest I've never really practiced in the traditional sense.

The only two specific things I ever did that made a noticeable improvement in my playing ability was:

1) Learning songs by ear; just makes you much more familiar with your instrument

2) Joining a band; learning to play in time, catching up better musicians etc.

The latter was definitely the biggest for me. When I joined my first band as a 2nd guitarist I thought I was hot shot. I could play the solo from Diary of a Madman by Ozzy and I was god. Then I came to my first band practice and the other guitarist outclassed me in every way imaginable.

Consecutive band practices playing technical riffs which pushed me to the edge of my ability improved my playing tenfold.

King Asshole

Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:10 pm
Posts: 12936
Location: United States
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 11:52 pm 

RichardDeBenthall wrote:
To be honest I've never really practiced in the traditional sense.

2) Joining a band; learning to play in time, catching up better musicians etc.

this is what I did. i don't sit around and practice. and nowadays I just practice as in what I'm going to record for a band or for writing.
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Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:20 am
Posts: 52
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 3:40 pm 

I do the afforementioned "learn songs by ear" thing. It's actually better than reading sheet music.


Joined: Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:39 am
Posts: 807
Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 2:47 pm 

It's true that you're going to get way better when you start playing in a band. But I've come to a point where I'm stagnating in my guitar playing. I'm not getting better as fast as I did.
So a couple of weeks ago I started doing finger exercises to get better at lead playing. 10 mins or more every day. And I am noticing a huge leap in my playing. I am more focused on my technique. I'm playing lighter and a bit faster while being more precise. I plan to also slowly introduce some new techniques. I want to be able to sweep a bit, but that's a long road if you want to do it clean.

Also what worked for me a lot is writing the songs in our band. I have a natural urge to make my songs a little bit too hard for myself and after a while of practicing I nail it. This way I am constantly challenging myself. (But I always try to write in favor of the song, not for the sake of being technical).
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