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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / What is your practice routine.....



Dec 25th, 2011 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lately i have only had time to practice what's on my country band 's list, which is great, but I have been short on time for practicing any more complex stuff.

What do you guys do to "keep in shape" with limited practice time?

(This message was last edited by fredocaster at 07:07 PM, Dec 25th, 2011)

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Dec 26th, 2011 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I try to have a few songs going that I'm working on, a few that I'm good at to warm up and work on musicality, and throw in a few scales. If you're feeling cold and annoyed with yourself, play scales for 10 minutes, feel the burn in your forearm, and then try again. Often things will magically fall into place.

My scales are usually the Segovia scales (haven't learned all of them, just a few), regardless of what sort of guitar I'm playing.

This, of course, is if I'm feeling disciplined.



Dec 26th, 2011 11:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks FunkyK,
I do scales as a warm up and work through old stuff I know also. I feel like the areas getting rusty are the ability to play more complex stuff - for example, jazz tunes, Gatton style stuff, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Setzer style stuff. Not that I have ever had all that stuff nailed, but I like to keep working on it.

The band is starting to do a couple of Setzer tunes, so tha t will help. I am also introducing some Chet as well.

Sometimes I just lose my discipline for all this when I need to take care of the set list first, then run short on time due to work and family commitments.

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The Dead Armadillos
Dec 30th, 2011 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play at least 30 minutes a day. I just improvise for the most part or play some original songs.

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tone to the bone no other way
Jan 1st, 2012 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My routine is to cover some originals we do, then try some very basic scale stuff, then drift over to noodling trying figure some basic lead riffs. Of course I usually wind up just playing with the effects pedals and all discipline goes out the window.

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Jersey Shore

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Jan 1st, 2012 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

plug in, turn on a streaming radio station on the computer. Favorites are classic, Stones, British Invasion, WMGK, KFWR or blues. Lay down on couch with guitar on stomach and play for a few hours.

Not a legit practice regimen, but I learn a lot of tunes and refresh some oldies in my memory.



Jan 2nd, 2012 09:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Super Mario,
I too find that my gear (pedals, amps, fooling with different guitars) can be a significant distraction. Almost seemed easier when I just had one guitar and an amp. Boy that seems like a long time ago.

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Feb 28th, 2012 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Learn a simple melody line, then try playing it in every key.



Feb 29th, 2012 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Every morning, my wife and I meet for breakfast from 5:00-5:30 and watch news. 5:30 -6:20, I am in the music room w/t headphones on, guitar and Ipod plugged in to HD500 working on songs for Sunday's service. Not only keeps chops up, but is therapy beyond description. I feel for people that have to face day to day living, work and life's pressures without guitar therapy. I generally practice an hour in the evening as well.I have followed this routine for years. If I am not in the rotation for a particular week, I go back through the catalog of songs and play along with favorites. Always finding something new, or another way of approaching a part.

As a self-confessed effects junkie,I do spend much time working out tone patches. I make no apology.

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