tech­nique fo­cus Prac­tis­ing

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY -

A com­pletely dif­fer­ent ap­proach to play­ing, prac­tise should be an or­gan­ised way of reach­ing a goal. Once the ini­tial ex­cite­ment of get­ting to grips with some of the fea­tured tech­niques has faded, it’s easy to be­come stuck in a rut with a few go-to phrases that can feel stale af­ter a while. A good way of break­ing free of this is to record your­self play­ing and lis­ten with a crit­i­cal ear. This is a process best done in pri­vate, so you can re­ally lis­ten and de­cide what changes, if any, need to be made. It’s usu­ally a good idea to leave a cou­ple of days be­tween record­ing and lis­ten­ing, so you can be ob­jec­tive. You may be sur­prised how much you like what you hear! If you don’t, make a men­tal (or phys­i­cal) list of what the prob­lems are and work through them me­thod­i­cally, ap­ply­ing logic and re­hears­ing the move­ments slowly. Re­mem­ber, though – hav­ing per­son­al­ity in your play­ing is more im­por­tant than flaw­less tech­nique to most lis­ten­ers, so while it can be a great way to fur­ther mu­si­cal ex­pres­sion, at the end of the day it’s sim­ply an­other tool in the mu­si­cal box.

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