I said I need to start up a practice routine, so here is my attempt. I’m planning for an hour a day…sometimes I’ll get more sometimes less, but I’m thinking it’s a good baseline.
Warm-up – 15 minutes:
- 5 minutes – main CAGED pattern scale in C up and down the fretboard (my pick up the guitar “riff”). Might add in pentatonics in all patterns as well. Just want it to be a muscle memory thing.
- 5 minutes – simple stuff like chromatics or something from Petrucci’s Rock Discipline warmups.
- 5 minutes – go through a song I’m working on playing…nothing too hard, just to do something more musical
Theory – 15 minutes:
- 5 minutes – Pick a key (maybe spend a week on one) and go through the CAGED pattern naming all the notes and modes as I go.
- 5 minutes – in the key above go through the chords naming and number. This is definitely the weakest part of my game, it’s time to know this.
- 5 minutes – in the key above go through some common chord progressions so I can hear what they sound like. Then try random progressions, maybe I’ll write down chord numbers to go through.
Technique – 15 minutes
I’m thinking I’ll focus on a technique each day and do 3 exercises pertaining to that technique. For the moment I think I’ll rotate between the following: alternate picking, arpreggios (not sure if this is really a technique, but oh well), legato picking, sweep picking, and all techniques combined. I think it might make sense to do the exercises in the same key, but we’ll see how that goes.
- 5 minutes – exercise 1
- 5 minutes – exercise 2
- 5 minutes – exercise 3
Transcribing – 15 minutes
- 15 minutes – work on the current song/riff transcribing in Guitar Pro. I’ll be starting with John Denver’s “Take me home country road” so I can work it into a recording.
If I end up having more time, I’ll look to focus on either my own material or more play alongs. That way I will hopefully be totally focused for the hour and then be able to start to incorporate those things learned into my playing.
So lastly, a practice log…I’ll start logging what I did above and any speeds. Realistically, that will probably be mostly in the technique section though the progression wouldn’t hurt either.