Posted by El Pájaro on May 03, 2000 at 07:00:15:
In Reply to: practicing posted by phairis on May 02, 2000 at 18:48:26:
: i've been playing for a couple years now, and i've devoloped a pretty rigorous practice regimen, and i just want to see if anybody has anything they could add. I always practice at least 3 hours, and usually between 5-8 hours a day. about once a month i'll throw in a 10-12 hour day, just for fun. For every 5 hours i play, I spend about 2 hours playing along with cds, about 2 hours working on original stuff, anout 1/2 hour on integrating the things i learn in theory into my playing, and another 1/2 hour working on technique to build up speed and play cleaner. am i spending too much time on one and not enough on another? thanks for any help....
Whew, man, that's a helluva lot more than I practice! Nice to see other guys are far more disciplined than me. Anyway, since I don't have that much time to devote to practice (I work way too much), I always try to dedicate a good deal of time to reading music. Yes, it takes time and, yes, it can become hard at times, but you WILL get better out of it. The one other thing I'm dedicating a lot of time lately is learning to improvise walking lines over typical progressions: playing triads, then complete chords, then chords with approach notes. All the while, it made my walking lines a lot more fluid.
Keep on practicing!
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