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  • #16
    For all of those that imply that they don't practice or that practice is for suckas, here is a question: How did you learn all of your scales? How did you learn difficult songs?


    I used to practise. I just don't any more.
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    • #17
      practicing isn't for suckers :s

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      • #18
        I make it a point to practice on at least one of instruments every night, no matter how tired or sick I may be. The point of this sometimes less about you think might learn, but keeping up the routine, knowing that it is at least reinforcing what you already know. At the minimum, I practice scales. Forwards and backwards, multiple octaves, chord arpeggios.

        I feel lazy when I've allowed a night to pass without practicing.
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        • #19
          i used to play (piano) between 4-8 hours a day in college and maybe 2-4 hours a day just after i finished. some technique (scales, arpeggios, etc), some metronome work and rhythm studies using syncopation for the modern drummer, some random guitar study books from mick goodrick, jazz standards, graphic scores and other weirdly notated works, a classical piece here and there - most of it was just free improvisation, making individual pieces of music out of nothing (i recorded most of it as well). the goal was always to make practicing more enjoyable/musical and less a boring routine - making music, not "practicing".

          i haven't done it for a long long time because i don't have a proper piano to play on at the moment, i'm not so interested in "practicing" on keyboards so much and i don't have quite as much time as i used to. i'm getting a piano soon though, so i'll probably go back to an hour or two a day.

          regardless of how much time you spend practicing alone though, nothing is like playing with other people. i used to play weird scales and work on different meters with my first band - with either the guitarist or the drummer or all three of us together. sounds weird but it was really fun to just drink beers and work on odd meters and **************** without playing actual tunes.
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          • #20
            I mostly buy and sell gear and hope I get better.
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            • #21
              I don't "practice" anymore. I got the scales under my fingertips when I was first starting out, by playing them slowly with a metronome to get the sound connected to the motion. These days, I rarely touch the guitar at home unless I'm writing something. And I gig enough that the songs stay in my ear.

              Anyway, I listen a lot more than I play. Once you have the sounds under your fingertips, it's all a matter of hearing. If you can hear it well enough in your mind that you can sing it, then you can play it on the guitar. As long as you don't let thinking get in the way of those subconscious connections.

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              • #22
                Working graveyard shift and having a roommate that sleeps odd hours from you makes it hard to practice. Sadly I play electric guitar maybe once a week at best. Maybe. My days off are pretty chaotic so I'm usually not even home to play anyways. I do play acoustic a couple times a week, usually for an hour or two. I wouldnt call it practice as I just fumble through my catalog of songs as I try to unwind.

                I'd love to be able to sit down and practice more. Hopefully when I move to my new place this month.
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                • #23
                  Working graveyard shift and having a roommate that sleeps odd hours from you makes it hard to practice. Sadly I play electric guitar maybe once a week at best. Maybe. My days off are pretty chaotic so I'm usually not even home to play anyways. I do play acoustic a couple times a week, usually for an hour or two. I wouldnt call it practice as I just fumble through my catalog of songs as I try to unwind.

                  I'd love to be able to sit down and practice more. Hopefully when I move to my new place this month.


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                  • #24
                    I practice by trying write songs. I almost always learn something new.
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                    • #25
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                      I've always been intrigued by this and might finally give it a shot. Are you able to do the full hour? I'm especially interested if it helps with fretboard visualization.
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                      • #26
                        I play guitar for about an hour or two every day. I don't have a routine or anything, just kinda jam.
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                        • #27
                          I've always been intrigued by this and might finally give it a shot. Are you able to do the full hour? I'm especially interested if it helps with fretboard visualization.


                          Not at the full time yet. I'm about halfway. I took some breaks from it a few times. It takes a bit of time to get those exercises down to a point where you can keep up cleanly. If you're looking to be taught this DVD isn't for you. If you want stamina, and strength conditioning I highly recommend it.
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                          • #28
                            Practice on my own at least 1 hour every other day. Jam with 3 other friends 2-3 times a week for about 2-3 hours just covering songs or actually trying to write some stuff. Recently bought a cheap drum set so I have Sundays set apart for that.
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                            • #29
                              i routinely avoid practicing
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                              • #30
                                Nothing routine about it. Practice what ever I want, whenever i can. Keeps it interesting.
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