How Do You Practice?

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  1. NewReligion

    NewReligion Well-Known Member Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    I usually find something to play over. In this case I exercised over an instrumental I wrote and removed the solo in order to work technique (Home Stereo).

    What is your approach?

    JCM 800 2210/1960BV - IPhone
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dI4jB6g0dg]Guitar Exercise Practice - YouTube[/ame]
     
  2. Michael RT

    Michael RT Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    To tell you the honest truth I never practice anymore.
    LOL It probably shows. :facepalm:

    :D:D
     
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  3. blues_n_cues

    blues_n_cues Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    playing something off the cuff then going back & double/triple tracking it.
    trying to get the notes,pick attack,vibrato,& note lengths exactly the same makes for some serious practice.
    then there's finding the different harmony intervals & just plain orchestration. 1 line may have 2-3 harmonies but also single note lines octaves apart or descending lines against ascending lines.

    in short,writing & recording makes me practice technique.copy tunes I'll just wankerize a live version.lol

    also,I play along w/ as many different styles of music as possible outside of rock & jazz.
    and when I get frustrated or bored there's the drums.:lol:
     
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  4. NewReligion

    NewReligion Well-Known Member Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    You know, I don't practice enough. I usually just sit and jam over Other peoples music or write my own but I do need to pull my chops out of the gutter lol.

    David ♫
     
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    I try to split it up- 30 minutes of discipline 30 min of jamming.

    If I'm struggling with a scale I'll work on it over a metronome for about 30 minutes. When I get a warm and fuzzy for it I'll jam on a song or something.

    When I was younger and single I would practice for hours on end. Life happens but I still try to get practice in everyday.
     
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    I usually play along to a few songs I already know, then practice the ones I don't know, and then work on other stuff. Currently, I'm working on modes.
     
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    Michael RT Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I hear ya Bro.

    My lack of practice is causing some rust issues with my chops as well.:erk:

    :D:D
     
  8. NewReligion

    NewReligion Well-Known Member Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Great info and super tips. Thanks for sharing blues.

    David ♫
     
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    NewReligion Well-Known Member Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Awesome idea's and more great tips. Thanks guys. Wish I had time every day to play. Perhaps soon. :)

    David ♫
     
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    Time is a bitch! I would like a set of drums, but don't think I'd have time to make it work. Hard enough to make time for guitar.
     
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    I generally work on an original tune (have the rhythm tracks done and work on solo parts). Recently been working on Satriani and Neil Zaza tunes using tabs and backing tracks. I've been learning a lot of new techniques this way.

    Great video David!! That was awesome! Assuming that is your 2210 at relatively low volumes!

    DP
     
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    I practice with my pants off.
     
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    I like to run backing tracks through my PA system and jam along at full stage/show volume.

    ...my dream is to be as good as David some day :(
     
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    I usually do 2-3 days in a row of each,then there's having to find time to do bass(properly),keys, & vocals:ugh:

    what I mean by doing bass properly is thinking & playing like a bass player,not a guitar player playing bass.
     
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    I've got the same approach.
     
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    That sounds tricky. I guess I need to listen more carefully to bass lines but I have done very little work on the bass. I seem to get stuck on a song. I pretty much gave up covers, not that I have them down. I just enjoy trying to improve the songs I did last year. I don't practice enough but I want to play all the time. Irig through garage band and headphones is a good way for me to get time in now.
     
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    blues_n_cues Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    try some blues,country,funk,& even Tejano,which is exactly the same as polka.
    do the walking bass lines in the blues & country stuff.
    the tejano,polka,& funk are for rythym & punctuation.:yesway:
    if you really want a workout listen to Chris Squire of YES.

    I'm not the best walking bass player myself.
     
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    I don't really practice... I pick the guitar up when the mood strikes, and I just mess around playing whatever comes to mind for about an hour or so. Ultimately, that's how I come up with new stuff... I don't do it with any specific intent, but if I stumble across something that sounds really cool, it sticks, if not, oh well.
     
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    I just play riffs & songs by bands I like, work on my bands songs or just make some noise shredding. :shred:
     
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    About the same for me except I have no band. If I really feel like playing I'll run through my entire repertoire of Black Sabbath and Metallica songs I know how to play, sometimes along with the actual track. 80's Metallica songs are great exercises for picking hand stamina.

    And other times I just jam/solo/shred somewhat timelessly, with no backing tracks and no metronome. I'm not sure that helps me a bit. I really need to learn to use a metronome but I get off-time so easily and then I feel lost.

    Currently I'm brushing up on my Van Halen so I can do my '77 JMP some justice when I get it. Somebody Get Me A Doctor, On Fire, and I'm The One are really fun to play...well for the parts I can actually play lol. I find EVH to be the hardest to learn, not because of actual playing difficulty and technique because I know I can do that with practice. Memorizing the parts is just really hard for me. He does so many little fills during main riffs, he likes wide intervals, and often it's just in a strange timing as well. It's hard to wrap my brain around.

    On the other hand, Metallica is really easy for me to learn, often I can learn just by ear and have the main riffs down in half an hour or less. I guess I think like James Hetfield.
     

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