Hvordan skal jeg øve mig?

De mest succesfulde musikere forstår at praksis fører dig til toppen. Det er vigtigt at være opmærksom på, at praksis ikke er den samme med at spilde tid. Mange guitarister spilder deres tid og tror, ​​at de rent faktisk praktiserer, og derfor er der ingen synlig forbedring af deres spillefærdigheder.
 
At spille guitar kan være et rod, når du ikke ved hvordan, hvad og hvornår man skal øve. Du ved det meget godt, når du praktiserer meget uden at få resultater (eller usynlige forbedringer, hvis nogen) eller når du bliver ked af at praktisere de samme ting igen og igen med de samme middelmådige resultater.
 
Når dette sker, gør du det FORKERT. Det betyder, at du ikke kan øve dig selv endnu. 
En god øvelsessession er kun mulig, når du er meget god til TIDSSTYRING.
 
Du har muligvis hørt mange guitarister, der klager over, at de kun har 30 minutter om dagen til guitarpraksis. Nå, hvis du har en velstruktureret studieplan, og du er villig til at følge den, vil 30 minutter om dagen helt sikkert virke til din fordel ved at øge din guitar spilteknik og nå dine mål HURTIGERE, med MINDRE indsats.
 
Folk tror, at lære nogle nye ‘hot licks’ fra youtube eller nye sange på en eller anden måde erstatter den enorme fordel ved en ordentlig øvelse session. Og det er ikke sandt. Hvis det stykke ikke vælges klogt, vil det kun gøre mere skade for dit guitar spil.
 
Here’s a few reasons why:
 

  • a *new thing* might miss out on some of the techniques YOU need in order to reach your goals
  • some of the *new stuff* might be too advanced for your current skills => you will most probably become unmotivated to continue with musicianship, after a few sessions like this
  • the mandatory skills for learning this *new thing* are not pushing your guitar playing one step further with each practice session, like they should => lots of wasted time
  • if you don’t know how to approach particular techniques, you will definitely hurt your guitar playing (i.e. sweep picking or legato… but it’s applicable to any other technique as well) => regress instead of progress

These new things have to be wisely integrated in your current playing step-by-step, in order to keep you on the right track.
Of course that having a big repertoire is a good card to play when needed, but it will not help YOU solve your problem.
 
It has to be clear for us that Practice is not the same with Rehearsal.
 
A good example is a violinist’s study program:
 

  • his learning process is filled with different disciplines to rehearse, in various contexts like: orchestra, chamber music, quartet, quartet and piano, strings quartet, orchestra plus choir and, of course, violin solo sessions, among many other classes
  • all these areas of study are constantly supplemented with practice
  • moreover, every little aspect of his musicianship is isolated and wisely guided, through practice sessions, towards violin shredding
  • usually, the teacher that is responsible for the solo meetings is the one that shapes the young musician (by recommending the RIGHT THINGS TO PRACTICE, WITH NO WASTED TIME) and helps him to master each aspect of his playing, considering his PERSONAL NEEDS AND GOALS

A practice session is the one that prepares you for the rehearsal room. There are indeed things that can be practiced together with your band… but for this you already need to be at your band’s expectations level. That means that you have to practice alone first, in order to be able to practice with your band.
 
Things are getting better when you can overcome those troubling moments by having a rigorous program that:
 

  1. breaks down all the areas of your current skills
  2. provides efficient approaches to improve those skills
  3. wisely prepares you for the next level
  4. efficiently integrates the new-level-skills into your guitar playing…
  5.  
    so that you can start again from the top.