How do you practice?

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ThEWeasel
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So, here are a lot musician and each of them have maybe their own way of ... practicing songs, learning new material and so on.
And maybe some of them have some good tips for people who read this post.

I created this here, because in my opinion practicing is a part of discipline and routine and often i could be that the fun is lost.
In combination with it, the success too.
Also i could be that practicing every day is not possible.

On this forum, there a lot of people (including me^^) who ask for tones, gear and so own and it could be that some of them forget that a big part of a good tone is based on your own playing style.

So how do you practice?
Do you take a few tabs and play these up and down? Day by day?
Using different speeds?
Do you record it to hear some badly played parts?

Now it's you turn! Smile
Write your technique under the post and how it has brought you further.

I will write my own technique soon^^

gunpointmetal
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For Original Material:
Write Riffs.
Tab Riffs in Guitar Pro.
Run Through Music in Guitar Pro with Speed Trainer until I feel good about it.

General Practice:
METRONOME ALWAYS!!!

Even if I'm just noodling around I still do it to a click. If you can't play in time, you can't play.
I don't really have a schedule or anything. Some days all my practice goes into random drill-type stuff, some days all my practice goes into Speed Trainer trying to play a stupid sweep sequence thats way beyond my current ability that I wrote into a piece of original music.

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Hey Djents,

i can add the topic a further question. But first off, here is my daily practice schedule:

Play Modes through the circle of fifth for getting familiar with all keys ( I should practice this more)
Get through one scale in thirds, fourth and fifth
Play the Scales in arpeggios + Tab the Arpeggios
Learning new Voicings

Well, i agree with gunpointmetal and do the same: trying to play stuff, that is way beyond my ability (Periphery, Jason Richardson etc). But something sticks with every practice.

Well, for my question:

How do you write Solos and Licks? I'm new with the scale-theory, but I don't know, how to play around a certain tone or character of a scale. Maybe I want to much to fast, but I get stuck fast in playing scales up and down without using them, but have at the same time no clue, where i should start. Do you have any Tipps?

Cheers

ThEWeasel
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@ElementPlus: Practicing songs which are beyond my ability (I do the same Periphery/Intervals ^^)
It takes a lot of time to play it good and correct but this increase really the agility of the fingers and the speed of movement.

Besides, i do this exercise from Martin Andres of Pomegranate Tiger to warm up. (increase stretching and speed coordination)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzPdHspjWoo

I supplemented the second with playing it forward and then backwards.

@gunpointmetal: I agree with you that playing in time is as important as learning songs and other stuff.

Start at low speed (50%) and slowly increase it works really good. But listening to the music you want play to get a feeling for the tact etc. saves a lot of time too.

Scales etc:
Long time ago, i practiced this kind of theory but most of this has been lost because i have not used it Sad

But !!!! ^^
If I try build my own licks, I will start with a chord and then I look around which works next. Sometimes It works fast and sometimes comes just garbage.

So maybe you try to create a backing part (chords and something on the low strings) and then you can try to build in some Arpeggios or solos.
If you have some basic notes which form your backing track you can use your scales and knowledge to create your solos etc.
So i would do that.

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@ThEWeasel: Thanks man, for the Tipp...and also for this Band, haven't heard of them yet.
I practice the Modes and have found a good Book, that worked for me, it's from Chris Letchford - you get backing tracks from John Browne, so you have that kind of backingsound, i guess, that some people here might like Wink

Cheers

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@ElementPlus: Scale the Summit had also uploaded several videos with single melodic ideas or parts of their songs but I cant find it anymore. These licks were comfortable and natural to play. Nothing like non melodic lessons^^
If the book is so built up, that would be really good!

This guy has several books ^^
Can you tell me which book?

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All the licks are, in my opinion, comfortable to play and I'm at the beginning of playing licks and Solos.

The book is simyply called "Progressive Rock Guitar Licks" by Chris Letchford and is released by Hal Leonard.

Cheers!