[–] TheBuddha 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I may have been unclear. My bad. Practice drills and exercises for half your playing time.

I play for four hours a day. Two hours is practice. During those two hours, I'll usually start with attacks. Then I progress to chords, scales, and work my way through. Sometimes, I'll struggle or know I need to have something down. Then, I'll dedicate more time to that.

And yeah, it's boring. Use good form and take breaks here and there and an RSI is unlikely. Also, stretch those fingers before playing!

[–] chuckletrousers [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'll usually start with attacks.

What, pray tell, are "attacks"?

Then I progress to chords, scales, and work my way through.

But how long do you practice a particular chord progression before moving on to a scale, that was my point. I don't have a great mind so we don't think alike.

[–] TheBuddha 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Attacks: Varied angles of attack, typically used in classical and flamenco, but also very valid with rock and folk.


(That's a good video, if you're curious.) It's a bit of an archaic term, but keep in mind that my classical guitar studies began in 1969. Yeah, I'm pretty old.

Read the text below said video, as well.

I tend to not practice any one specific thing longer than about 20 minutes. So, on any given day, I'll probably practice 6 things for twenty minutes. I find setting aside shorter times and it helps by saying, "I'll practice - not play - for this period of time." I will find myself often going over or moving onto the next drill.

At some point, I'm thinking of doing a bit of a write-up about my practice sessions. Some of my favorites are what I call "run days." Those are the days where I do various chords but run down with a partial scale (not an arpeggio, usually) into the next chord and practice changing keys. It's hard to not get stuck in a rut, finding a pattern you like, and just working on that one - but it's able to be made fun.

It's work. It really is.

[–] Captain_Faggot 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Play a song. Play the same song faster and faster until your arm dies a little. (make sure it sounds clean) Now go back to normal speed.

Find music that uses runs and cool licks and sounds fun to get your muscles functional and then go back to scales and do the same. Worked for me because it wasn't so repetitive.

Or shit keep switching key, it's all the same shape in major anyway.