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Whats in your routine?

Postby Professor Jim » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:55 am

Hey all!!!

The cold months are closing in fast and its time for some good "woodshedding!"

Just want to see what everybody's practicing.

Lets see how diverse this community is with all the different things we play……we can ALL learn from each other!


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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby SkyDog » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:37 pm

I get home from work. I usually try and get something constructive done around my home. It could be many things. Then I try and take some time each day and play.
I tune, then I strum, I play some scales with the metronome.
I then put on some rhythm tracks I have done and play alone with them.
Then I call it a night.> On Sundays, I get to spend more time doing this.
Its sort of like my musical church.
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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby Steve Belong72 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:42 pm

Working on some vocal and piano stuff at the moment but for guitar I've been working on some chordal stuff and also a fair amount of jazz and slide guitar. I've been experimenting with different slash chords and whatnot to see if I can come up with some new sounds... I've always like the sound of exotic chords and scales and want to get more inside of them and see what makes them tick. :D :D :D
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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby alex_reed » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:28 pm

me and my friend (who's a very skilled drummer) have been discussing practices and try to write a practice routine each week on a sunday and try to do at least an hour a day. i'll copy and paste one weeks routine only upto wednesday:

Monday- blues- soloing- lick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjoRY_ebdCc key: e

practise the this jam track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS9SO-GDsVM

Use looper pedal to jam using this lick in different keys

tadays scale: blues scale (position 1-5)

todays song: sweet home alabama http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cvASPptXtE


tuesday- rock- improv/ power chords- video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E2bz5OD9kE

do rock improv over this track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqW4fxAj05o

using this lick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrz1H24Yv1s

todays scale: major scale

todays song: bleed the light


wednesday- ballad- cheesy soloing- backing track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI3ZN_WDJhY

modes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKbPIGnqt80

http://www.youtube.com/user/RobChappers ... uhN5h1o7ww

todays scale: modes

todays song: canon rock
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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby mark nourie » Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:41 pm

Songs for band...Songs I really like,techniques i really need brushing up on,and my modes :)
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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby Michael Carr » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:50 pm

Ive Got Alot Of Work To Do Jimmy
I Picked Up The Guitar Again Last Week And I Was Supprised At How Much I Remember
In Fact Im Shocked I Couldnt Even Remember Much Of The Caged Scales In One Frettboard Pattern
Maybe My Stroke Had More Of An Effect Then Id Like To Think It Did
Maybe Thats Why I Lost Interest In Playing Guitar

Anyway Im Given It HELL Again :lol:

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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby alex_reed » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:51 pm

I've gotta be honest, i did the whole weekly practice schedule for a couple of weeks but i really couldn't sustain it. i didn't have time every week to plan what I was gonna play but i would like to have SOME sort of routine to my practising. At the minute all i seem to do is pick up the guitar, play a few struming songs then feel bad i'm not doing anything proper so i play through the modes (just position I in e).

I just wanna be able to SHRED (now i'm not completely naive and realise it's going to take time to build up speed and stuff) but what actually IS shredding? from what i can tell hearing someone shredding is just them playing a scale REALLY fast. If this IS the case, what scales do you play? because i don't mind learning a few and building up speed over time but i could do with knowing exactly WHAT to practise :D
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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby Steve Belong72 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:39 pm

I'm afraid that shredding is a little beyond playing a couple of scales really fast. To simply play scale patterns frontwards or backwards takes very little effort and the ability to play fast is a good tool to have but it is more important to be clean and articulate. Someone with decent speed and excellent articulation is always going to sound faster than someone who is incredibly fast but sloppy. The other thing is that if you only practice a couple of scales/modes, what will you do if you are jamming with someone and they switch to something totally outside of your grasp? Say you are jamming over a nice min/min/dom7th progression and your ripping out the harmonic minor, phrygian, etc scales that you practiced over and over but then everyone switches over to ii - V - I jazz progression or a i-iv-v blues progression but you haven't learned or practiced any other modes like dorian, pentatonic, blues, etc. Now you are stuck in a room full of people that are having fun jamming but every time you try to jump into the jam your licks don't fit whatsoever. You can play'em really fast but no matter how fast you play in the wrong key or wrong mode it's still going to sound really bad. That is why it's important to learn your theory and to practice theory application. At least that's one reason. A lot of people don't realize that improvisation is very seldom improvised. It's based on having a knowledge of what to play where and understanding what works with what and over what. Time signatures, modes, cadences (change overs), transitioning, articulation, etc are all very important. You should build up as many different skills and as much musical knowledge as possible so that you have the ability to play what you want or write what you want at will. I know I've been kind of pigeon holed as a shred guitarist over the years but what a lot of people are really shocked by when jamming with me and whatnot is that I can also play blues, jazz, classical, country, fusion,etc. and I honestly like seeing the look on there faces when I whip out some Johnny Cash or Beethoven in the middle of a jam session.LOL I would also recommend learning to sing both lead and harmony as most bands want someone who can at the very least sing harmony, which brings me back to the theory side of things. It's hard to do harmonies if you don't understand 3rd, 4ths, 5ths and whatnot (3rds being the most common I would say). Practice hard and you will see results, practice little and you will see little results. ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby alex_reed » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:14 pm

Thanks steve :D

I sort of understand what your saying although i think having a guitar teacher would make it a lot easier i think. If anyone has tried the modes demistified course i wonder if that would help. i've got to admit, i've never actually bought a rock house instructional DVD (apart the one that i got with my first guitar) so i don't really know what to expect.

I definitely agree its not all about speed and i'm working on my slow play as much as my scales too but you must admit that it feels great just to pick up a guitar play play some insane licks/ shred the neck off before you get into the real hardcore practicing ;)

I really could just do with something to help clear up everything about theory and modes, that sort of thing :)

And thats what me and my mates do at school. we'll just walk around; one singing a bass note then the other 2 harmonize (usually just 3rd and 5th but sometimes we add in that (i think minor) 4th to spice it up) we do get some funny looks ;)
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Re: Whats in your routine?

Postby Professor Jim » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:33 am

These are ALL great routines you are all doing!!
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