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 Fun with fundamentals! 
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Dr. X

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Post Fun with fundamentals!
What's your favorite way to make practicing the fundamentals enjoyable?

I am trying to strengthen my practice routine and get the most out of limited play time. The areas I'd like to improve on though are least enjoyable to practice. Reading/writing music and theory. I was just wondering what kinds of techniques you all use to keep yourselves interested in practice.


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<sarcasm> Drink lots of beer and smoke crack....always stops me from getting bored!! </saracsm>

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This probably sounds simple and boring, but what I do is try to find different ways to practice the same old stuff. For example, I might practice diatonic chord scales using 5 string arpeggios one time, then the next time use 3 string arps, then use 6th or 10th intervals. For scales, I usually start in C or G, then try to pick a different key that I haven't used in a few days. Then I might do something like string skipping to help me memorize the scales in a different way. Sometimes I'll play each note in the scale twice sometimes I'll start with an upstroke. Sometimes I'll do 3 note cascades, sometimes 4 note cascades. I also will play the scale on one string starting with the 1st and doing it up and down on all 6 strings. I'm still practicing scales, but in different ways.


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Post Re: Fun with fundamentals!
Reachwind wrote:
What's your favorite way to make practicing the fundamentals enjoyable?

I am trying to strengthen my practice routine and get the most out of limited play time. The areas I'd like to improve on though are least enjoyable to practice. Reading/writing music and theory. I was just wondering what kinds of techniques you all use to keep yourselves interested in practice.


1. Play LIVE with other musicians as often as possible...

2. Play along with a drum machine (click track) and try NOT to be to repetitive with your choice of licks/phrases...X

3. Listen to PG's solo off of SOD 2... If THAT doesn't make you want to practice then :roll:


Tue Dec 31, 2002 4:49 pm
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