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[MUSIC]
Let's talk a little bit about
practicing and how to maximize
the time we spend practicing.
I know that a lot of times when I sit down
to play,
some times it's hard to think of what to
practice.
And that can sort of be you know, an, an
inhibitor in people, you know, practicing.
And it can make, you know, the time you
have sort of a little less efficient when
you're just trying to think of, you know?
What, what should I even be working on
here today?
So I'm gonna talk a little bit about how
to stay organized with your practicing.
And what it's gonna do is, it's gonna make
a smaller amount of time much more
efficient for you, you know, as far as
your learning.
So one thing that I recommend doing and
it's,
sometimes it's hard to remember to do this
or you put it off.
But it's great to make a list of the
different things that you need to work on.
And you may not even know what those are,
but
some examples would be scales, arpeggios,
songs.
Do you want to increase your song
repertoire?
Right-hand technique.
Vibrato you know, all the things that you
work on in these lessons.
Make a list of these things and then when
you sit down to practice, you can
look at that and say, oh, I haven't, you
know, I haven't worked on that in a while,
I haven't worked on, you know, my string
bends [SOUND] in months, you know?
Maybe I'll try some of that.
A lot of it is just when you sit down and
practice, you forget, you know,
what you need to work on.
So if you make a list of all the different
things that you generally want to work on,
just sit, spend ten minutes and think of
all these categories, write that down and
you can just have that.
And then if you have say, just 15 minutes
to practice,
you can pick two or three of those things
and work on them for 5 minutes each.
And that's gonna be a lot more efficient
than sitting for half an hour maybe and
just noodling or trying to figure out what
to play.
So it's good to stay organized in that
way.
If you have a little bit longer time,
you may wanna develop a different practice
routine for say, 30 or 40 minutes.
Where you do maybe four or five of those
things on your list.
You know, so you may spend ten minutes on,
on each one, or, or
five minutes one each one, but you get to
get through, you know, four or
five of the different techniques on your
list.
So, you know, you may wanna have two
practice routines, you know,
a short and a long.
You know, if you get through your long one
and you still want to play, you know,
you can go back through it.
Or you can keep, you know, you can go
through all the things on your list.
Another thing I recommend is making a list
of songs that you know.
This is a big one.
For me, if you go to a jam session or you
go to play with somebody and they say,
play me a song or what song do you wanna
play?
A lot of times, it's you,
you know, you draw a blank or you think of
the same three songs you always play.
But you may know many more, I know that's
the case with most people.
Most people know more than they think they
do.
So it's great to, not only make a list of
the things you wanna practice, but
the things you already know, main, namely
songs.
What songs do I already know?
And when you want to practice, you, you
can have this list and
the list will grow with each new song that
you, that you play.
And then you're gonna see this, this list
of songs, you know, grow.
And then as you go to practice, you can
say, oh, look at,
I remember that song I haven't played that
in a long time, lets work on that.
So, making a few lists is really gonna
help maximize your practice time and
stay focused, you know?
If you, if you have 15 minutes, do three
things.
Could be metronome, learn practice
hammer-ons and maybe a scale.
Or, you, you know, you might do right-hand
technique, rakes and
some left-hand bar technique, you know?
Just pick a few things, work on them
intently.
And it's gonna really help maximize
whatever time you have in practicing.
[MUSIC]