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Offline stitch101

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Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
« Reply #75 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.

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Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
« Reply #76 on: April 21, 2019, 08:25:28 am »

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?


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Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
« Reply #77 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

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Re: PC-501 • Beginners Practice Routine
« Reply #78 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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