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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor
Joined: 08/09/05
Posts: 8,427
05/19/2024 3:21 pm
#3 Originally Posted by: haidyncheney

Hi Chris, 


 


Thank you for helping me but I am a little confused still. I am wondering if there is a practice schedule like on justin guitars website. An example is doing scales for 2 mins, power chord changes, a song repertoire, and then a new song to learn. Is there anything like that on here. I am asking this because I tend to find myself watching the videos learning but then not actually practicing. That has been my biggest problem, not practicing. That is why I bough a subscription here because I was thinking that it would give me things to practice. 

Each tutorial has a specific set of skills & ideas you are supposed to practice.  Usually at the end of each tutorial there is a play along or practice song summarizing & containing the material you are supposed to practice.  You can keep moving forward in the course to watch new videos.  But you aren't done with any given lesson or tutorial until you can play the content in time, and you completely understand the ideas taught. 


An example practice session for a student working through the rock course might look like this:

10 minutes:  Stretch, warm up hands doing simple scales/melodies, or strumming basic chords you already know.


20 minutes:  Play through material you can already do pretty well.  The idea here is just to get your fingers, ear & mind working on music.  But since you are playing something you can already do, it's more about fun & reinforcing your muscle memory on current repertoire.  You can refine skills, workout rough edges.  Work on part of a song, or a riff from a previous lesson.

20 minutes:  Work on something new & difficult for you.  This is when you are trying to play new material from whatever rock course tutorial you are currently working on.  This is not as fun & might be hard or frustrating.  But it's necessary to go through new material that challenges you.  Go slowly, be patient with yourself.


10 minutes:  Return to something you can already do pretty well.  The idea here is just to finish with something that is fun again.  Something that will give some satisfaction like a reward for getting through the hard part.  Hopefully this will finish your practice session on a good note!  You will be encouraged about your skills & motivated to schedule your next session.

This list can be adjusted for just about any material.  It can also be scaled up or down with a different amount of time to work with.  Warm up, fun, work, fun.


As a beginner, sometimes you don't have a lot of material to work with.  But this is where sheer repetition can fill in the time.  And focused repetition is exactly what you need to learn guitar.


Hope that helps!


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