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Orangello06 12-07-2017 02:26 PM

Pracice same techniques every day until flawless?
I've been playing about 15 years but am just now getting to a point where I really want to consistently practice technique and unlearn some bad habits. My question is; When building a practice routine, should I be practicing the same few techniques and/or exercises everyday until they are flawless and up to speed, or is it beneficial to rotate my focus every couple of days? Also, if I'm working on legato for example, should I stick with a couple legato exercises that I play everyday until perfection, or keep introducing new ones?
Any help is greatly appreciated.

JaxJaxon 12-07-2017 04:59 PM

you probly should pratace one style most and add a few others slowly into your sessions. I can Make a Bad Gutiar sound Good,A Good Gutiar Sound Great,And a great guitar sound like hevan!

BallisticSquid 12-07-2017 05:18 PM

I think it's a good idea to rotate things through. Your brain and body needs time to assimilate what it is that you are learning. It happens to me all of the time where I'll struggle with something only to have a good handle on it when I come back to it a couple of days later.

There are occasions where I'm fixated on something and determined to punch through, but I try not to make a habit of it. It's generally less efficient to do it that way, though it can be satisfying when you can sense you are oh so close!

You should also move on prior to "perfection", otherwise you could be stuck in a certain place for a long time. Those things you have down sufficiently but you'd like to perfect, keep them in your routine, but put them in the background.

Sixstringplayer 12-07-2017 07:09 PM

What the red squid said.....

DanRode 12-07-2017 07:12 PM


Originally Posted by Sixstringplayer (Post 681454)
What the red squid said.....

Hmmm, that should be on a T-shirt :)

Orangello06 12-07-2017 09:15 PM

Thank you, for the responses. Extra thanks to BallisticSquid, that makes a lot of sense.

AlyKat 12-07-2017 09:20 PM


Originally Posted by DanRode (Post 681455)
Hmmm, that should be on a T-shirt :)

I would wear that !

Tony Done 12-07-2017 09:31 PM

I find that when I get to a stage where something is halfway there, it is often better when I come back to it after a couple of days break doing something else. - It has chance to get "hard-wired" into your brain. - So I work on several different things at the same time. This is happening to me right now, trying to learn a tricky (for me) Bert Jansch embellished chord change, and trying to get back into an old John Renbourn number I half-learned years ago.

Hi Hat 12-07-2017 10:27 PM

Even if I can play flawless one day, the next day I might play sloppily. I would rotate exercises to avoid repetitive motion injury.

Big John 12-07-2017 10:30 PM


Originally Posted by Orangello06 (Post 681432)
Practice same techniques every day until flawless?

I'll have to let you know when I reach that point...if ever!!! But seriously, yes, I run through the same drills at practice. I read somewhere that even Stephan Curry (pro basketball player) runs through the same shooting drill every day.

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