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Title: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: justinguitar on July 14, 2008, 04:08:51 pm
Questions...

Lesson Link: http://www.justinguitar.com/en/PC-501-BeginnersPractice.php
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: chicos on July 25, 2008, 05:36:55 pm
Where is the course and where I can email you or contact you, sorry I new to the site and would like to put a question and give input.
Thanks
JJ (chicos)
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: S.C. on July 26, 2008, 07:48:48 am
Have you looked at this yet?

http://www.justinguitar.com/en/TB-020-BeginnersPractice.php

You can give input in any of the categories in the forum here,

http://www.justinguitar.com/forum_frame/

Just scroll down to view whichever topic you would like to read and/or give some input to.   :)

hope this helps
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: tig62 on September 25, 2008, 10:18:02 pm
trying to set a routine would like some suggestions  :) :)
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: justinguitar on October 05, 2008, 06:37:55 pm
trying to set a routine would like some suggestions  :) :)

OMG - I think I gave you some!!!!
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: nyr2094 on October 30, 2008, 07:11:55 pm
I noticed under stage two it says "Finger Stretching Exercise."  I can't find these exercises anywhere on the website...where can I find them?

thanks
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Quark on October 30, 2008, 08:36:03 pm
Do you mean these?
http://www.justinguitar.com/en/TE-007-FingerStretch.php (http://www.justinguitar.com/en/TE-007-FingerStretch.php)

W
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: NAASH on November 29, 2008, 04:09:33 pm
5 mins - Chord Practice (strum, pick notes one at a time, strum)
5 mins - One minute Changes (changing chords as fast as you can in one minute, five combinations)
5 mins - Some easy 3 chord songs, just to get playing something...


hey Justin , thanks very much for your fantastic lessons ..
m a beginner , just want to know what do you mean by FIVE combinations?

I can play each one of the three chords 7 times a minute , is that good ..?

Regards .
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: bluepingu34 on November 29, 2008, 05:50:12 pm
I think he means five patterns e.g

C G D A E

D F C A G

G D E C A

C G C G E

E A D G C
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: NAASH on November 29, 2008, 07:00:26 pm
I think he means five patterns e.g

C G D A E

D F C A G

G D E C A

C G C G E

E A D G C

Thanks for answering m8 ..  :)
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: bluepingu34 on November 29, 2008, 07:13:34 pm
No problem
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Andy_the_Candy on December 08, 2008, 08:02:05 am

I can play each one of the three chords 7 times a minute , is that good ..?


I believe Justin mentioned in one of his videos that at the end you should get your changes to 30 times per minute,
so keep on working on those changes :).
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: JohnnyRoxx on January 04, 2009, 12:21:37 pm
I think he means five patterns e.g

C G D A E

D F C A G

G D E C A

C G C G E

E A D G C

I think he means the five combinations, like EA, ED, AD, CE and CD. not the patterns you mentioned. Do each combinations as fast as you can (the goal i 30). I think that doing the patterns you mention 30 times in one minute i very difficult for a beginner... :)
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: JohnnyRoxx on January 04, 2009, 12:22:52 pm
How does the slim down intermediet practice rutine look like?
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: bluepingu34 on January 04, 2009, 01:36:18 pm
I think he means five patterns e.g

C G D A E

D F C A G

G D E C A

C G C G E

E A D G C

I think he means the five combinations, like EA, ED, AD, CE and CD. not the patterns you mentioned. Do each combinations as fast as you can (the goal i 30). I think that doing the patterns you mention 30 times in one minute i very difficult for a beginner... :)
They're just examples.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: JohnnyRoxx on January 04, 2009, 04:41:01 pm
I think he means five patterns e.g

C G D A E

D F C A G

G D E C A

C G C G E

E A D G C

I think he means the five combinations, like EA, ED, AD, CE and CD. not the patterns you mentioned. Do each combinations as fast as you can (the goal i 30). I think that doing the patterns you mention 30 times in one minute i very difficult for a beginner... :)
They're just examples.

Yes they are exampel of patterns, but not exempels of combinations for one minute changes... ;)

I just mentioned it so that no one thinks that he/she have to do 30 pattern changes per minute.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: bluepingu34 on January 04, 2009, 05:52:22 pm
Oh ok :D
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: soul on January 08, 2009, 11:14:05 pm
I am having a bit of a problem getting my fingers to stretch out and the excercises you have on your website i have tried any other suggestions.Also would like to thank you foryour time with the lesson really helping alot.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: justinguitar on March 22, 2009, 02:44:52 pm
I do mean 5 x 2 chord combination. Not five chords in a row!

J
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: xain908 on April 04, 2009, 09:15:43 am
how do i know which course i should be doing?
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: hafizshapiee on April 09, 2009, 03:08:37 am
hi guys!!! I'm new in this forum... still a beginner in classical guitar lesson.. have some problems about schedule... can someone give me an example about classical practice??? ??? ??? ??? ??? because it's quite different than the learning that i learned in classical guitar.. quite different than the acoustics guitar.... well, I'm live in Malaysia.. but still need to know what kind of practice that suitable for a left-handed classical guitarist like me to improve my playing??? ??? ??? I really does not care about the speed because i think I'm still a beginner and have to follow everything slowly... but i own a electric guitar,it's a RG370DXL from Ibanez... but that is not my question... just want someone to show me what are the correct practices for classical guitar??? that's all.. help me anybody!! :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: hafizshapiee on April 11, 2009, 03:32:24 am
hey, does anybody can help me with this??? i'm a little desperate here.. please help me!!!! :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: m_ratan on May 04, 2009, 04:59:14 pm
Hi,

I am new to guitar practice.  My goal is to develop guitar skills to play along
with my favorite cover songs.  I started to practice "G" Major scale to get my fingers moving/relaxed.  However, I am having very difficulty with my ring finger and pinkie.  I can't seem to move them independently.  Any suggestions?  Do you think I just don't have hands for guitar?

Thank you in advance and please be nice with replies.

R.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: head_creeps on May 05, 2009, 08:41:47 pm
Hi m_ratan,

  Finger independance will come with regular practice and CORRECT practice. With the G major scale ensure you follow Justins guidelines and use a metronome. Start very slowly and make sure you can play it perfectly at whatever speed you choose before increasing tempo. Don't be tempted to increase speed before you are truly ready, it will only lead to bad form in the future.
   Good luck with your practice and your fingers will take care of themselves.

  head_creeps
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: m_ratan on May 06, 2009, 06:43:46 pm
head_creeps,

Thank you very much!!! I will continue practicing.  In back of my head
I was thinking perhaps I do not have good hands for guitar.  Thanks again.

Peace,
R.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Taylor on May 10, 2009, 02:18:35 am
So, I'm having, I guess, trouble with the C open chord. I can't seem to get it without going one finger at a time, like ring finger, middle then pointer.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Dunk on May 23, 2009, 03:42:50 pm
Dear all,
           i have a Taylor big baby i have been folowing the lessons
(just started) posted by Justin i would say i am committed to playing you see i know i have something inside me that needs to come out with music,  i found God i mean justin ...ha..ha,  and have started to use the practice routines but yesterday i spent a few hours working on chord changes which is or was coming on fine and dandy yet sore tips of fingers later,..!! found my chords are not ringing true today...? is it because my skin is not hard enough on the tips yet or is it a mental thing (i don't mean am i  mad...lol) is it what all players go through or is it just need to carry on practicing knowing that i will arrive. i am 42 is it my age  iam frustrated that i want to play all the time straight away trying to run before i can walk
DO WE ALL GO THROUGH THIS STARTING OUT PLEASE GIVE ME SOME TIPS (pardon the pun) cheers Dunk  :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: close2u on May 24, 2009, 06:36:04 am
please don't double post  :)

http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=16231.msg104726#msg104726
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: tanda on June 02, 2009, 08:49:00 pm
Hi Everyone.
                I have just started to learn the guitar, but my problem is, I am over weight, so I have a bit of a stomach on me, so where most people rest the guitar on their stomach, and look at the fret board, and place their fingers, I find, I cant see the fret board, so I have to tilt the bottom of the guitar up, so I can see where my fingers are going, this means, I have to bend my hand round more to reach the fret board, which is quite a strain on my wrist. Anyone got any tips for us large players,(Apart from loosing weight, which I am trying to do). Thanks.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: tanda on June 06, 2009, 06:49:51 pm
Sorry, can someone delete this post, I have found a better place to post it, it is now here, thanks.

http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=16416.0
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: lerenah on September 24, 2009, 01:28:10 am
@ Dunk

Hi, actually yes, I think if your chords aren't ringing true the next day, you may find that you need to press harder on the strings and like Justin said, it will hurt for a while until you build up calluses at the tips of your fingers.  The frustration, I can definitely account for...lol.  I've been playing on and off for a couple of years, and I'm still at the beginner level because I don't play everyday, which I should.  So, I would say definitely keep the consistency in there and you'll get better in no time. Just work through the frustration. :) Hope this helps.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: lorezolutions on October 22, 2009, 04:55:43 pm
i have just read this article to see how to structure my practice routine as I progress (I'm returning to playing after a long hiatus away from the guitar and groove the fundamentasl) but i wondered whether this is based on v1 of the beginners course? The reason I ask is in stage 5 of TB-020 it mentions "5 mins - Learn the Minor Pentatonic Scale" but in v2 of the course it is in stage 7.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: BubbleDragon on March 19, 2010, 08:19:33 pm
How do you know when to move on to the next group of lessons?

I know I haven't "mastered" the first group yet, but things are progressing - I'm just getting a little bored with the same routine every day.  I've been working on the "A-D-E" set of lessons for about a week or so.  I get about 30 minutes in total a day, sometimes a bit more.  (I'm a new mum, and my boys really like to watch me play, even if it's bad!  Lol.)  I can do about 17-20 "round trip" changes in a minute on these chords, and I'm slowly getting the Three Little Birds song to sound pretty nice.  I also throw in a few rounds on the A Major scale and an exercise a teacher told me to do where I pick each of the strings sequentially on the first four frets, downpicking and then uppicking.  Kinda helps get my fingers moving and stretches out my ring and pinky pretty well.

Do I really have to master this one before I move on, or should I add to it and keep working on previous stuff as I go?

Sorry this is a pretty old topic, I didn't know if anyone would answer or not.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: B2604 on December 19, 2010, 07:33:17 pm
Hey, I have a little doubt. Justin says to advance to stage 4, only if you can make over 20 changes in a minute. Are those changes, the "round trip" ones or every single chord change?

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Bootstrap on December 19, 2010, 09:28:28 pm
Every change
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: B2604 on December 21, 2010, 01:04:33 pm
Thanks!  :D
I think I should advance then!
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: B2604 on January 12, 2011, 09:54:55 pm
What's the average time you guys "stay" at one lesson, is it one a day?
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: flyhead on January 12, 2011, 09:59:46 pm
I've been on a couple since Maggie was Prime Minister.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: misterg on January 13, 2011, 06:35:45 pm
What's the average time you guys "stay" at one lesson, is it one a day?

You need to practice the lesson until the content sinks in (not necessarily until it's perfect)  - everybody will vary, but I guess it'll take most people more than a day for that.

Sometimes stuff sinks in quickly and you can move on. Other times it seems to take ages to get the hang of something. A week is still a very short time in the scheme of things, let alone a day!

Andy
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: B2604 on January 15, 2011, 04:32:17 pm
Andy,

I'm saying about the lesson itself, not the stages. To advance to the next stage, I really take more than 2 weeks usually. But there are some lessons, that Justin simply teaches a single chord. But either way, I see everybody takes some weeks to advance, so I think the time I stay in one lesson is irrelevant if I am practicing the whole stage for some weeks, right?

Thanks!
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: misterg on January 15, 2011, 06:46:54 pm
Err... probably.

Just don't get too far ahead or skip any lessons. It's important to cover the lessons in order.

Andy
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: juzz88 on January 19, 2011, 02:13:01 pm
Hi guys.

In one of the videos Justin mentions that he thinks you should only practice 15-20 minutes a day, but that practice time is different to actual playing time.

What I want to know is, when you are a beginner and are learning your first songs, does learning a song fall under practice time or playing time?

Cheers.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: flyhead on January 19, 2011, 03:13:44 pm
I think the general message is to prioritise a technique based regimen. As long as this is your main focus then there's no harm in spending an occasional session practicing a song, as long as it falls within the skill-set that you have acquired.
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Dii on January 19, 2011, 07:12:15 pm
About practice time, i've been doing this course for a year, and what you need is self discipline. You need to know if you're confortable with the exercises and if it's natural to your fingers. I had to spend maybe 2-3 weeks in each lesson because i do have small fingers, and those stretches were painful, like the C chord , hurts !  :D
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Joe_Navy on March 10, 2011, 01:48:03 am
I've only been playing for about a week and a half but the shortest practice time I've had so far is about 2 hours, and the longest was 6... I practice everyday, but I've been wondering if I've been practicing too much. I noticed Justin said it is better to practice ten minutes every day than 1 hour on Saturday. But like I said, I've been practicing two hours everyday at the least. Shoud I cut back or is this good?
Title: Re: TB-020 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: irishalkies on March 10, 2011, 01:51:20 am
I've only been playing for about a week and a half but the shortest practice time I've had so far is about 2 hours, and the longest was 6... I practice everyday, but I've been wondering if I've been practicing too much. I noticed Justin said it is better to practice ten minutes every day than 1 hour on Saturday. But like I said, I've been practicing two hours everyday. Shoud I cut back or is this good?

I'd reckon what Justin is getting at is it's better to practice 10 mins every day rather than 1 hour on a Saturday only, thus getting the point across that daily practice is better than sporadic practice. What you're doing is fine. Only stop if you feel any pain.

Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: StreetDeacon on May 17, 2011, 10:48:27 pm
I'm on stage 4 at the moment.  I was wondering if it's ok to practice "rhythm guitar basics" and "forcing the changes" at the same time.  Kill 2 birds with 1 stone kinda thing.  Or would that not be a good thing to do?
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: jerronimo3000 on May 18, 2011, 02:53:07 am
I'm on stage 4 at the moment.  I was wondering if it's ok to practice "rhythm guitar basics" and "forcing the changes" at the same time.  Kill 2 birds with 1 stone kinda thing.  Or would that not be a good thing to do?

i think it would probably be more beneficial to do them separately.  If either your rhythm or chord changes aren't there yet you'll probably end up focusing more on one than the other which is essentially doing them separately.  I guess they could be done together, but i think it would be best to practice them separately.  I think you'd progress faster that way.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: StreetDeacon on May 19, 2011, 01:28:59 am
I'm on stage 4 at the moment.  I was wondering if it's ok to practice "rhythm guitar basics" and "forcing the changes" at the same time.  Kill 2 birds with 1 stone kinda thing.  Or would that not be a good thing to do?

i think it would probably be more beneficial to do them separately.  If either your rhythm or chord changes aren't there yet you'll probably end up focusing more on one than the other which is essentially doing them separately.  I guess they could be done together, but i think it would be best to practice them separately.  I think you'd progress faster that way.


Thanks for the reply.  I'll probably do that.

One other thing I noticed was that even though he goes over "forcing the changes", he didn't put it in the lesson plan.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Joe_Navy on May 22, 2011, 07:41:05 pm
One other thing I noticed was that even though he goes over "forcing the changes", he didn't put it in the lesson plan.


I think what he wants is for that to be integrated with the one minute changes section. Set a nice steady tempo that you feel comfortable with and try and make the changes without changing your tempo. That's how I practiced it.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Tortuga27 on August 24, 2011, 05:53:04 am
Enjoyed reading all your posts.  My routine has fixed exercises and routines that change as I learn.

1  Finger strength, 4 finger runs up/down, then skip strings (6-4-2-1-3-5), real slow at first.  If I miss one, I start over.
2  Finger stretching, justin's exercise and the worm (3 and 4 finger).
3  Chord change, usually a change in a song I'm having trouble with.  Track # of perfect switches in a minute.

The above are daily, 10-15 minutes.  The following are also good beginner practice routines, but vary (for me anyway) with interest, need and time.  Need discipline.         

+  Scales & mode (patterns), +  Strumming patterns, +  Fretboard note recognition,  + 5 pentatonic shapes

More days than not...make that most days, after a short daily routine, I just PLAY.     

Finger strength and stretch are a daily must, pay big dividends over time.


 

   



 

   
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: mdjpk on October 31, 2011, 09:04:19 am
Hi All,

I have created an Excel tool to monitor and focus practice.

The tool helps to:

Focuses your practice routine
Focuses your one minute change practice
Focuses your Justin training
Provides chord diagrams hyperlinked to Justin's lessons for each  

This really helps me stay on track. I hope it can do the same for you.

Please download and let me know what you think.  Any improvements/suggestions would be welcome.

You can download the file at:

http://www.largedocument.com/3/6788bcf3/Justin_Practice.xlsx (http://www.largedocument.com/3/6788bcf3/Justin_Practice.xlsx)

Thanks,

Mark  :D
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Mrc381 on November 25, 2011, 02:40:12 pm
Hey Justin,

thanks for your very cool lessons .. in my opinion I improve very fast.

I'm at stage 2 of the beginners course and worked with your recommended practice schedule.

Is it ok, if I try other things now and then? I'm playing an E-Guitar (Strat) and started today to work on Finger Tapping (RO 001). It was a lot of fun.

Thx for the answer in advance.

Marc


Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: vhudkins on January 20, 2012, 03:24:56 pm
First of all, hello to Justin and everyone here.  I'm a mid-50s guy that's had a number of false starts in the past and never really got much past the beginner stage with guitar.  Part of that's been due to other commitments in life somehow always getting in the way, and part of that's due to never finding a teacher and/or method that could break it down simple enough, yet keep it interesting enough for me.  Now I've got some time and in looking over Justin's lessons structures and milestones, I think I've found a guitar learning course that meets the important goals of breaking it down simple enough while keeping it relevant and interesting.  So, thanks in advance, Justin, for your hard work in putting these well thought out lessons together.

That said, I've got a couple of questions on the very beginning of the Beginners Course, quoted here:

Quote
Stage 1
To start off with you just need to get some basic chords under your fingers. I usually start with the chords E, A and D. That is it! So I start with this:

5 mins - Chord Practice (strum, pick notes one at a time, strum)
5 mins - One minute Changes (changing chords as fast as you can in one minute, five combinations)
5 mins - Some easy 3 chord songs, just to get playing something...

1.  Chord Practice - should I be doing strum, pick, strum on, for example the E once, then once for the A, then once for the D, then rinse & repeat for the entire 5 minutes?  Or should I do a minute of the E only, a minute of the A only, a minute of the D only, etc?  Or should I be doing something else pattern wise for those 5 minutes?

2.  One minute changes - the questions I had on this were answered nicely elsewhere in this thread.

3.  Some easy 3 chord songs - well, I already forgot what I was going to ask here, so I guess I'll post again if I think of what it was.

Thanks!



Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Bobke on January 20, 2012, 04:29:37 pm
First of all, hello to Justin and everyone here.  I'm a mid-50s guy that's had a number of false starts in the past and never really got much past the beginner stage with guitar.... 
That said, I've got a couple of questions on the very beginning of the Beginners Course, quoted here:

2.  One minute changes - the questions I had on this were answered nicely elsewhere in this thread.

3.  Some easy 3 chord songs - well, I already forgot what I was going to ask here, so I guess I'll post again if I think of what it was.

Thanks!

Ha ha ha, nice ones, these questions!  ;D
A bit early, when you posted them?  :P
Grtz from one mid-fiftier to another  ;)
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: misterg on January 20, 2012, 04:42:19 pm

1.  Chord Practice - should I be doing strum, pick, strum on, for example the E once, then once for the A, then once for the D, then rinse & repeat for the entire 5 minutes?  Or should I do a minute of the E only, a minute of the A only, a minute of the D only, etc?  Or should I be doing something else pattern wise for those 5 minutes?


Do a few of each, taking your left hand off each time. Do more of the ones you find difficult.

Andy
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: JDM1 on March 06, 2012, 02:12:28 pm
Hey, I am a guy who just got a guitar and will start to play. Right now, all the resources I have are this website and A Modern Guitar Method by William Levitt, volume 1, 2 and 3. And also I have the DVD for the first book. Will all these be sufficient for me to develop the basics and pursue the learning of this instrument?
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: jacksroadhouse on March 06, 2012, 02:20:01 pm
Actually you could stick with the first (Justin's website) for that. The beginner's and the intermediate course take you through all the basics, and you can take it from there.

Just the theory is a bit thin (quite deliberately), maybe you can find more about that in your books (don't know them myself). Justin also has an ebook on the website called "Practical Music Theory", that will do the trick as well. If you're serious about learning guitar, then you sould also learn the theory imho, it will help you a great deal and it will make the more practical things easier to learn.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Drubbing on March 06, 2012, 02:31:28 pm
Hi All,

I have created an Excel tool to monitor and focus practice.

The tool helps to:

Focuses your practice routine
Focuses your one minute change practice
Focuses your Justin training
Provides chord diagrams hyperlinked to Justin's lessons for each   

This really helps me stay on track. I hope it can do the same for you.

Please download and let me know what you think.  Any improvements/suggestions would be welcome.

You can download the file at:

http://www.largedocument.com/3/6788bcf3/Justin_Practice.xlsx (http://www.largedocument.com/3/6788bcf3/Justin_Practice.xlsx)

Thanks,

Mark  :D


Damn, that's good. Sorry I missed it. I try and put together useful spreadsheets and they're ok, but that's excellent. Hyperlinks to lessons too. Wow. How's that done?
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: rickt975 on November 02, 2013, 05:55:47 pm
Some days it just feels like work. I love playing guitar and I strive to become a better player but some days I get no enjoyment out of my practice routine, I practice what I need to and I always work to improve on the areas I need to but sometimes it feels like I'm just going through the motions. I'm about two weeks into level 6 and the dreaded F chord and I'm wondering if I should be more enthusiastic during my practice and whether or not it effects what I get out of my practice session. Maybe it's just the current level and the f'n F chord.

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: stitch101 on November 02, 2013, 07:05:53 pm
I'm wondering if I should be more enthusiastic during my practice and whether or not it effects what I get out of my practice session. Maybe it's just the current level and the f'n F chord.

Any thoughts?

Your attitude definitely affects what you learn and retain. On the days you feel like your only going
through the motions. Try taking a break from practice and just play some songs or do some noodling.

Don't let the F chord get you down. It's a challenge for everybody. You can play the F(E shaped barre
chord) up the neck at the 3rd fret(G major) or 5th fret(A major) which is a little easier to play because
there further from the nut.
   
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: goflvhxj963 on July 20, 2014, 02:44:53 am
Hey guys having a little trouble here. I really don't have any problem with fingering or techniques. The thing is that I've always been bad at memorizing that I'm not able to move on to the next stage fast enough. (I'm having trouble with figuring out what the chord is by ear). Am I the only one having trouble with this?
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Drubbing on July 20, 2014, 03:39:20 am
No. You need to do the ear training exercises.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: mouser9169 on July 20, 2014, 02:13:01 pm
Hey guys having a little trouble here. I really don't have any problem with fingering or techniques. The thing is that I've always been bad at memorizing that I'm not able to move on to the next stage fast enough. (I'm having trouble with figuring out what the chord is by ear). Am I the only one having trouble with this?

Make sure you really focus on the 'reference' pitch or chord and keep that 'in your ear' when you listen to the other chords.  Very few people have the ability to simply hear a note or chord in isolation and name that chord: that's what's called 'perfect pitch' (or polyphonic perfect pitch if they can name all the notes played in a chord).  That ability cannot be learned.

What can be learned is the intervals between one note or chord and the next. To do that, you've got to keep your reference note (or chord) firmly in mind so you can 'hear' how far up or down you're moving in terms of half steps and whole steps.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: rajvignesh95 on September 16, 2014, 06:49:36 am
Hello everybody.. I just started playing the guitar.. It's been two days since I started and I've been practicing like mad . My calluses are building up slowly. I've got a little doubt now. I won't be able to play my guitar for another 10 days. Would this affect me? Would my calluses go?
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: deadeye_ag on September 16, 2014, 01:32:57 pm
Hi rajvignesh,

Don't rush it, you don't need to practice for hours a day, especially at first. 20-30 minutes max. It's better to do a little 5-7 days a week than a 4 hour marathon on the weekend where your fingers hurt so bad you can't touch a guitar for a few days. Justin lays out a great practice schedule in his lessons at each stage. Justin follow that and you'll be good!
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: xxx on August 19, 2015, 07:04:40 am
Can I look at my left hand when I do one-minute chord changes?

I'm at the point that, for almost any two chords, I can change between them more than 60 times in a minute if I am looking at my left hand. If I am not looking at my left hand, my speed drops to maybe 30 or 40 times a minute for difficult changes.

Should I be practicing one-minute chord changes without looking at my left hand?
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: stitch101 on August 19, 2015, 04:17:59 pm
Some will say not looking will come with time But I'd say what you don't practice you never learn and
Justin says 'Practice Makes Permanent". I'd recommend practicing both ways. The more you practice
not looking the sooner you will be able to play without looking.

 
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Lnphappy on April 08, 2016, 11:52:26 pm
Would you have this practice routine for Beginners (same as this document) but in your Ukulele section?  For new Ukulele players?  Or could you give me an example to start with?  Much appreciated! 
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: LogicalShane on September 18, 2016, 05:34:33 pm
I've reached the intermediate level now, especially with my fretting hand. I wish I would've worked more on my rhythm, timing and strumming more in the beginning but better late than never. I'm working with a metronome and have drastically improved.

It's proven difficult for me to keep my hand moving continuously during strumming, where it's not about up or down strokes but more about whether or not your hitting the strings on those movements.

I'd like to solidify my rhythm hand in that fashion as well as getting a better sense of time. I'm 50/50 on the foot tapping thing. In understand the concept and seem to move my head more. The biggest issue with foot tapping for me is that I have 5 screws and a plate in my right ankle and it's just not comfortable or easy for me, and if I tap with my left foot it's moving my fretting hand.

Another thing: sometimes my down-up kinda strums between chords don't produce a steady, smooth sound. Sometimes it's great and sometimes it's choppy and disrupts the rhythm. Justin has been emphasizing rhythm importance since I started watching him a year ago, and it makes so much sense!

So in relation to rhythm, these are some obstacles for me. Any input is greatly appreciated!
Thanks for reading!  8)
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Rossco01 on September 18, 2016, 06:48:49 pm
Logical first off I'd say given how you've described your playing are you really sure you've finished the BC and are ready for IM? Have you looked at Justin's consolidation list and being honest been able to tick all off as achieved? if not then you're only fooling yourself if you think you're ready to go on to the IM.

By the end of the BC CONSOLIDATION you should be able to play pretty smoothly. You certainly shouldn't have problems keeping your hand moving continuously. You should be able to play a good number of songs from the BSB.

As minimum I'd hit reverse and go back over the RUST parts of Justin's BC course and then start to play songs, songs and more songs.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: LogicalShane on September 18, 2016, 07:11:36 pm
Rossco01

First off, thanks for the reply. I'm new to the site but know Justin's YouTube work. I wasn't aware of all the resources here, which I've been exploring today.
I guess in short by saying I've reached intermediate was the quickest way for me to say I'm not struggling with open or barre chords anymore, and my understanding has grown exponentially.
Looking for more guidance and advice has now been a priority, which has brought me to The community... I love it! I've been exploring for the past few hours and I think this will really help solidify some fundamentals I neglected over the past 12 months.
Despite me being a very fast learner, there are some pitfalls of doing the YouTube Guitar school thing. There's tons of great information but without someone introducting new ideas it takes longer to feel your way there.
In short, I've found the direction I need here and I'm going through them now. I'm actually getting a real gauge on my playing and weak spots.
Thanks - Shane
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: Dr Winterbourne on September 18, 2016, 09:16:47 pm
Shane,

I can think of a few ways to proceed. The best would be to go to the Beginner's Course section, and do the course. Each stage has chords and rhythm and theory etc sections, and a consolidation checklist at the end. I would systematically go through the checklist, and address any shortfalls. This should fill in any gaps in your knowledge and technique, which can happen when you take the scattershot 'whatever turns up on youtube' approach. The best thing about the course is the logical, sequential way it builds gradually. Given that you know your chords, that section should be easy, giving you !ots of time to work on your rhythm, listening and learning songs. At the beginning, rhythm will be one two three four. Get it down, get it smooth, get it regular, use it in songs. Work your way consistently through the course.

The second way would be to go to the Practice section and devise your own schedule for moving forward. Given what you've said, I would definitely buy the first Strumming Techniques DVD, and make that a part of your practice routine.

But really, just do the Beginner's Course, front to back. It'll fix up lots of problems.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: LogicalShane on September 22, 2016, 04:31:07 pm
I went through the beginners consolidation and I'm good except for the B7 sometimes, I'll fix that in no time. The IM course has really exposed a major weak spot in my playing, and the diagnosis is 'Finger-Flailing'. The cure: intense physical therapy.
My rhythm is tightening up, and I also see, hear and feel the chord changes now when I see others play so I guess I was over critiquing myself.
Aside from my lack of speed and minimum movements (which are directly related) I've been able to work toward my "Specialty" area: Fingerpicking lead/vocal notes while simultaneously playing rhythm. Playing lead was never a priority but it's something I'd like to do, of course (do better). So I'll be focusing on my finger technique, trying to get my movements as small and close as possible. That will REALLY elevate me to the next level.

I'm suprised both at the fact that it's so difficult to command your fingers to hover above those strings, and how fast the mistakes seem to be overcome when you single them out. I can tell this is going to be a difficult hurdle but so necessary... I'll get there, just like I did with everything else I've learned so far!
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: OrangeDog on April 20, 2019, 08:46:40 am
How important do you think it is to stick to the suggested practice schedules?

I have a very busy life (full time job, young family etc.). Guitar gives me some down time. It's sort of an escape for me and very good for my "sanity".

I pick up my guitar for at least 30mins pretty much every day (I may miss one here or there). However, I find it hard to stick with a disciplined practice schedule. Some days it's fine, others I just want to pick the guitar up and strum away at some songs. I find that I am far more motivated to work at songs than other abstract practice routines i.e. chord changes etc.

I'm hovering around stage 4/5/6 at the moment (still working on stage 4 & 5 chords, but trying to make a start with F chord too). I have 20+ songs that am playing (some complete, others need work).

I guess I know that not being as disciplined with the practice routines will slow my progress, but is allowing my guitar time to be dominated by practicing songs such a bad thing? Will it cause me to develop bad habits or miss some fundamentals?

Just looking for a view on this.

Thanks all.

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Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: stitch101 on April 20, 2019, 05:21:04 pm
You need to decide how far you want your guitar playing to go.
I know lots of players who play nothing but open chords and a few barre
chords and can entertain at a party or around a camp fire for hours.
I also have friends who are fantastic guitar players and make their living
playing bars and misic festivals.

So which one are you?
If strumming songs and having fun is your goal then what you are doing will
get you by. Justin's beginner course is all any hobby player needs to play open
mics or have fun jamming with friend. I'd rather jam with someone who plays
a few song well than someone who thinks they're the next Jimmy Page and
knows a lot of nothing.
Pick a style of playing you like and learn how to play it.
You don't nee to play like Slash to make people happy.
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: OrangeDog on April 21, 2019, 08:25:28 am
@stitch101

Thanks for the reply.

I have no aspirations to be an amazing guitarist or some kind of rock God. That boat has long since sailed! I used to be in bands almost 30 years ago. Did the gigging circuit locally. Had great fun. I also worked in live audio for some years and did some studio work as well. I could never play more than a few open chords and well practiced parts.

Those days are long behind me now. I come to guitar after not being involved at all in music for about 10 years. Now my aims are very different. I want to play for my own enjoyment. My primary aim now is to be able to play and sing covers at home, with family and friends, maybe some open mic stuff. I also want to use the guitar as a tool for writing my own songs (again, just for my own enjoyment). And finally (but possibly most importantly) I want to know enough to be able to teach some to my boys as they get older.

I guess I will try to be as disciplined as I can be with the practice exercises. But as it is playing songs that really motivates me, then I shall continue to let that take priority.

What made me ask the question was the expression "playing isn't practicing". I don't remember where I came across it. But I thought "oh heck, that's me stuffed then" (or words to that effect!). But the more I thought about it the more I thought that it wasn't a helpful or accurate statement. The songs I choose to play are the ones that help with chords that I am currently working on. I keep working on that song (and the chord changes for that song) until I get it. So to my mind, that playing IS practice. Am I wrong?

Thanks.

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Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: stitch101 on April 21, 2019, 03:24:51 pm
Any time you are learning something new you are moving forward.
It's when you play the the same old songs evety time you pick up your
guitar you'll get stagnant..
You said you lear  songs with new chords, that's a good thing.
You mentioned you'd like to teach your kids some guitar. Take Justin's
theory course. The first two levels are free. It will help you understand
how and why things work and help you teach yourself and kids.
Even just a little theory is a big help
Title: Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
Post by: 8livesleft on May 05, 2019, 01:28:34 am
After almost 30 years of guitar, it's only now that I have this "routine" which I treat more as a warm-up.

1. I start with basic chromatic from 1st to last fret.

2. Then, I do 2 finger exercises where I go up and down using just my index and middle finger one fret apart (ex index on 1st, middle on 3rd fret, then index on 2nd, middle on 4th fret etc...then I do middle finger and ring finger, same pattern, and lastly ring finger and pinky).

3. After, I do another chromatic exercise but with string skipping: 2 notes on low E, 2 notes on g string, 1 note on A, 1 on g, 1 on a, 2 on c string etc...(I use 4ths tuning).

4. Major, Minor, 7th arpeggio going from A-G. 6 strings.

5. Major, minor arpeggios 4 strings A-G starting from 12th fret A.

Then, sometimes I do standard/pentatonic scale fragments in 5th and 12th frets. Sometimes, triplets and quadruplets.

I find, I'm pretty much loosened up after this.

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