How much do you have to practice and what should you practice? There are many philosophies on this, but you want to make sure that your practice is balanced.
The perils of an out-of-balance guitar practice are that:
• You may not practice enough technique and become a 'cold', robotic guitarist
• You may focus too much on technique and never learn a song!
• You may focus a lot on songs you like, but never take the time to become an expressive player.
Many famous guitar players have made public their guitar schedule. The most famous is probably Steve Vai with his 10hour workout. I can safely assume that most of you reading right now do not have 10 hours a day to do that (though the workout is great), so what do we do?
I want to share with you a simple way to balance your practice routine so that you will be able to use every second you have to practice without stressing with over-complicated schedules. This routine is super-flexible and can be learned in minutes (this routine saves you more time every day than it takes to watch the video).
Now you know how to keep an equilibrated guitar practice and how to take your practice in the direction upi want it to go. Have fun!
Tommaso Zillio is a professional prog rock/metal guitarist and composer based in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Tommaso is currently working on an instrumental CD, and an instructional series on fretboard visualization and exotic scales. He is your go-to guy for any and all music theory-related questions.
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