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How do you pratice

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Lisa K
Feb 28, 2009 11:12 PM GMT

When you pratice do you work on one thing or many? I try to work on a certin technique, then tunes , and jam ,but I never jam enough it seems.

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Mar 01, 2009 4:06 AM GMT
danny2point0 Replied:

I work on a lot of different things. Lately I have been spending more time on scales. i downloaded a few warmup videos from Adam Gusso that work well. I jam with a band but its not a blues band so theres not a lot of blues. Have to practice that on my own.

Mar 01, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

I have usually just jammed to records and back tracks--and I always take a little time to listen to some of my favorites. In other words, I have been totally undisciplined and just out to have a good time.

Lately, I've been getting more into a more focused practice time--I actually pull out my books and CD's and study stuff like Dave Barrett's fine books. or some of Gussow's lessons. I have even started working a lot of scales in third position.

I think there is room for both approaches--at least once a week I just have a beer and boogie with my best tracks for the sheer fun of it, but the more focused practice is what will make me a better player--it's just too easy to get into a bag with the jamming method--it is fun, but I never get any new material going on my own. . .

Mar 01, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
Fredrik H Replied:

I try to stick to a few techniques I need to work on or a song I'm learning. Sometimes I leave some time for jamming but I try to practice focused first.

Mar 06, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
Robb L Replied:

Hi, Lisa.

I started playing harp almost 17 years ago.I've shamefullyneglected pratice for years. When I first started I spent a few weeks with Tony Glover's "Blues Harp" books then jumped into the bloodyfray. I've learned most everything I know giging and jaming. I play professionalybut I'm nowhere nearthe player I should be.

In the last few months I've started regular practice. Scales and focus on percision. I'm spending a lot oftime with 1st & 3rdposition blues. It's fun and more of a challenge for me thanthe 2nd position that I play most of the time. 2nd can be forgiving to slop.

Any and allof Adam Gussow and Jason Ricci's youtube videos are great larning tools. Find something you like and dig in.

You'll find time to jam, but the time spent on personal practice will make the jams that much more rewarding. Just keep Harpin'

Mar 06, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
HARPMAN Replied:

Hi, many scale pattern and note for note by CD, play fast bluegrass tune.

I think live performance is best practice for me

Mar 09, 2009 6:34 AM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Hi Lisa,

Your practice routine sounds much like my own. I also try to make sure that I get some practice in the morning, mid day while driving around and before bed everyday. I don't consider playing with others practice but more of a marker of where my practice has taken me but it is where I have the most fun. At first practice was more like work but now after many years I am learning to have fun with all of it.


Jan 14, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
skullShaker Replied:

I use a Jam track CD and play all 8 songs 3-4 days a week with AMP

Jan 15, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

I'm sure different people approach practice in different ways. I try to do (not always in this exact order), scales, figures, patterns, and speed exercises with a metronome (very important), then learn or refine a real song, then practice whatever technique someone most recently showed me and improvise and such. If it seems like you don't jam enough I recommend downloading some jam tracks or just playing along with some of your favorite cds.

Jan 20, 2010 8:27 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I think the best way to practice is

1. Start with breathing exercises like chord chugging at 1-3 holes. A lot of tonguing will help relaxing your tongue and jaw. 5 minutes

2. Then goes to scales and exercises without bends. 5 minutes

3. Then work on particular technique like bending, overbending, tongue blocking (not all at the same time). 20 minutes

4. Play 3-4 tunes you are familiar with, improvise over chord progression. 20 minutes

5. Work on new tune. 20 minutes.

6. Just have fun. 20 minutes

7. Ear training,work on musictheory. 30 minutes.

To be honest I rare go for this program as I usually have to work a lot more at tunes which I'll play next gig, than other practice.

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