Ideas about Practicing

Welcome to my new guitar lesson blog.  I thought it would be fun to include a weekly blog about guitar instruction on my website so I can share licks, exercises, songs, chord progressions and musical ideas with those who are interested.  An important topic I wanted to discuss briefly right out of the gate is practicing.  I've been in pursuit of learning the guitar since December of 1992, and I've been teaching private guitar lessons since March of 2001.  Understanding what it means to practice is something that held me back for many years, and it has been a constant point of confusion for my students these past 10 years.

Practicing a musical instrument means to spend time learning and working on things you can not already do.  Sitting around the house playing through riffs and songs that you enjoy playing is cool, but that's not what we mean when we talk about practicing.  Writing new riffs or songs is also a very cool part of being a musician, but that isn't exactly what we're talking about either.  Practicing:  working on things you can not already play.  Scales, chords, transcribing ideas from other musicians, and ear training are all great examples of places to start in your practice time. 

I might also briefly add that I have not intended this guitar lesson blog to take the place of formal music lessons.  If you are a beginner or intermediate guitar player it is incredibly important that you find a guitar instructor whose playing you admire and pursue private lessons.

If you have any guitar related questions or ideas that you'd like me to cover then feel free to shoot me an email in the comments section of this website and I'll do my best to tell you what I know.  I'll leave you today with a chromatic scale warmup exercise that I enjoy using at the beginning of most of my practice sessions.  Have fun with it.

Chromatic Scale Warmup Exercise

e|---------------------------------1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------2-3-4-5-----------------6-5-4-3----------------------------|
G|-----------------2-3-4-5---------------------------------6-5-4-3--------------------|
D|---------3-4-5-6-------------------------------------------------7-6-5-4------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

fingers: 1 2 3 4 etc..                           4 3 2 1 etc..


2 comments

  • Coke2

    Coke2

    I just recently purchased a Johnson Swamp Stomper Resonator and your lessons in open G tuning has really helped me to continue learning slide. I am a songwriter and member of the local workshop of NSAI, (the Nashville Songwriters Association International. I play a Martin D-15 acoustic and of course my new Johnson Resonator. Thank you so much for the video lesson and I have learned a lot from you lessons and would love to see more on the slide Resonator guitar.

    I just recently purchased a Johnson Swamp Stomper Resonator and your lessons in open G tuning has really helped me to continue learning slide. I am a songwriter and member of the local workshop of NSAI, (the Nashville Songwriters Association International. I play a Martin D-15 acoustic and of course my new Johnson Resonator. Thank you so much for the video lesson and I have learned a lot from you lessons and would love to see more on the slide Resonator guitar.

  • AR

    AR Baltimore, MD

    Started playing guitar back in 1982 and played off and on (mostly off) until I bore-down on it between 1992 and 2000. Then, for personal reasons, I stopped playing all together. Back then I was in love blues guitar (finger style and slide) and harmonica and played both a lot. Just started back about 2 weeks ago (May 1, 2017) and was searching for some online lessons when I came across your website. Your slide lessons in open G have really peaked my interest, as have the lessons in fingerpicking ideas. Thanks for the motivation. Maybe I'll get a chance to see you play sometime. Blessings, AR

    Started playing guitar back in 1982 and played off and on (mostly off) until I bore-down on it between 1992 and 2000. Then, for personal reasons, I stopped playing all together. Back then I was in love blues guitar (finger style and slide) and harmonica and played both a lot. Just started back about 2 weeks ago (May 1, 2017) and was searching for some online lessons when I came across your website. Your slide lessons in open G have really peaked my interest, as have the lessons in fingerpicking ideas. Thanks for the motivation. Maybe I'll get a chance to see you play sometime. Blessings, AR

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