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JohnPowers
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on: October 8, 2014, 13:37
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Hello,

I would suggest adding a Pedagogy Sub-Forum. Personally, I find it difficult to stay focused on what to practice everyday for maximum results. I'm sure there are users of this forum that are students and are in a circumstance to have a regime under the advice of an instructor but I'll bet there are others like myself that have to carve out time outside of work and family to practice and don't have a second to spare.

What would be most helpful I feel is to have the resident experts on this site provide suggestions for regular everyday practice exercises and routines to get the most out of practicing. For instance offering up suggestions for sight reading material, scales and arpeggios, etcetera.

I think it is obvious that if you want to get better you should practice reading, scales, comping, playing through changes but having an organized and thought full approach from the pros would be great.

I hope that makes sense.

Thank you,
John

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on: October 23, 2014, 10:22
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Hi John,

Its difficult to suggest what a guitarist should practice without having spent a little time getting to know his playing. Any good teacher will need to observe a student before they can suggest what would be most helpful.

I will make a few suggestions that hopefully might help.
You ask about scales. I might suggest the masterclass by Mike Miller entitled "Intervallic Chords". A misleading title in some ways in that Mike spends quite a bit of time talking about scale sequencing. He demonstrates/talks about how he works on his technique in this regard.
So that might be helpful. There are numerous sequences suggested and demonstrated.

If your heart is in playing Jazz/improvising, then I believe isolated scales and arpeggio exercises are essential, however there needs to be a reason to work on technique. And that reason is to play tunes and improvising.

Learning tunes to me is one of the most valuable things we can do. Learn a standard a week. Or one every two weeks. Whatever you have time for. Learning a standard requires quite a bit of work. Start with less difficult tunes that perhaps have only a few key areas and then slowly move toward tunes of greater complexity.

By learning a tune I mean,

Memorise the tune.
Learning the melodies and the chord changes. (commit to memory)
Arpeggiating through the changes.
Applying scales ..learning to outline the harmony.
Transcribe parts of solos from "the masters" from the song you are working on.
Practice comping.
Spend time listening to different recordings of the song.

These steps are a part of the process for the developing jazz/improvising musician.

I hope I've been helpful in someway.

Best Regards
John

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