How to Practice Scales By Andrew Wasson. Another important element to remember is fingering. A little bit lighter on time, this 1.5 hour drill will do just as much for your hands as the 2 hour drill will. What scales will you practice? �A,��`P��F%TS�Bh The time and effort you invest into improving on the instrument will pay dividends as you progress. As you progress, however, you’ll begin to play songs that require different scales over different chords. After you have a feel for the song, put on the original record and try to play along. Simply put, knowing the minor pentatonic scale cold puts you halfway to professional-level improvisation. What songs do you want to play? You can't spend half and hour on scales if you have only an hour to practice. 0000001853 00000 n For me it is in the end much more about having techniques so that I can play the music that I want to play and get it to sound right and having a flexible technique in terms of legato and picking is very useful for this. If you’d like to practice more, work with the basic root-third-fifth arpeggios. Spending 15-20 percent of your practice time on scales, 30 percent on learning new songs, 30 percent on transcribing new solos, and 20-25 percent on improvisation work will train all the important aspects of your playing over time. As we begin to narrow down our amount of available time, it’s important not to sacrifice any one part of your schedule too much. As a bonus, it’s an easy scale to shred. 0000001108 00000 n A sample practice routine for a newer learner might look something like this: play the major, minor, and major and minor pentatonic scales as a warm up before every practice session. Oftentimes the easiest way to diagnose technique flaws is to see them from a third-person perspective; looking at the mirror as you play will help you both notice and correct any problems. The chromatic scale is amazing for every skill level, as it can be played a variety of different ways. 0000001290 00000 n Some songs don't sound so good by themselves and need to be played with a band. They are your basics and will really give you a lot of benefits if you follow them properly and do them regularly. While full-length mirrors can be a bit extreme unless you already have one laying around, a desktop mirror is a cheap and portable investment to improve your playing. In the struggle to re-learn and re-train their fingers to play, many beginners simply drop out and quit playing entirely. These exercises will not have very much musical value to them in that they'll sound like a song or anything you would normally play during a song. The key to focus is building a deliberate mindset around the guitar and your practice routine. Beginners can start learning a song by finding the chords online. Maybe set goals for each area of the routine, maybe set a goal for a years time... and try and make the routine help you get there! Solo Songs To build that knowledge, you should listen to and transcribe as many solos as possible, preferably ones in the same genre or that use the same scale. Having everything nearby will help you stay in the flow of your practice and prevent annoying searches across the carpet when you inevitably drop your pick. If you don’t already have one, a looper pedal is a great investment for your practice. Fluid improvisation is a necessary skill for any guitarist, whether you’re in a band, doing session work, or playing solo gigs. endobj Please Read This. Everyone moves at a different pace, and the only pace you should be concerned with is your own. What new concepts do you want to work on? If you’re looking to improvise over a 12-bar blues, for example, transcribe solos by B.B. When practicing your improvisation, try to develop your solos, building them up to a final climax. Maintain solid posture while playing; try to avoid kicking your legs up or leaning far back and resting the guitar on your stomach. Focus takes time to build, and a lot of mental strength. We’ve broken down this lesson into various time brackets from two hours all the way down to five minutes. 0000053191 00000 n Your plan should cover several days and allow for varied work on each . This guitar practice schedule is a stripped-back version of the two hour drill because we want you to have as rounded of a practice session as possible.