Practice is always changing and evolving. One key is to let the actual music be the guide keeping practicing fun, interesting and most importantly, practical. Different types of tunes (tempos, key signatures, harmonic rhythm, time signatures, etc.) place certain demands on one’s technique, knowledge of theory and aural abilities. With all that there is to practice, often working on a limited practice schedule, it can easily be overwhelming! In this class important core principles are identified and each player, after honest self-evaluation, can “laser in” on areas that are weak or strengths can be identified and built upon. This class is a survey of practical exercises that can be paired down to the essential tools that will benefit a player beginning from where they are presently to any point along their musical journey. From transcribing one phrase at a time of a classic solo to voice-leading arpeggios in 8th notes this class will be comprehensive in its scope. Learn how to practice away from the instrument using visualization, chord spelling and pitch axis exercises. From working on your time feel to sightreading from a fakebook to basic time management skills this will be an information-packed session that will help you focus on getting more out of your practice time. 

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Developing A Personal Practice Routine
Developing A Personal Practice Routine 01:34:00

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  1. 4

    After the lesson I understand it as a way to structure two of the past Steve’s lessons, Fundamentals checkpoint an how to learn a tune.
    The way he is dividing the possible tasks into levels is so brilliant; then the student doesn’t have an excuse for being overwhelmed and the only way out is to begin the practice.

    by Sergio Jaén Lara
  2. 5

    Wow, wow, and wow again!

    All of the info that Steve covers on how to approach practicing is great. I’ve been using many of these strategies for years. For me, however, the problem hasn’t been "how" to practice but "what" to practice. Luckily, Steve covers that as well!

    Steve has essentially created a comprehensive curriculum for learning the fundamentals of the guitar AND learning jazz tunes. Never before have I seen it all presented so logically and in a clear order. Any player, at any level, should scan through Steve’s "levels" and identify those things they have mastered and things they they may have skipped along the way. It is an eye-opening experience and will help put the playing continuum in a clear perspective.

    by Erik Schlosser
  3. 5

    I am constantly amazed at how deeply Steve has studied and mastered the techniques used by the great jazz guitarists like Joe Pass , GeorgeVan Epps , and Lenny breau. His musicianship, originality, and endless knowledge of the history of jazz guitar is truly inspiring.

    by Dave Mosick
  4. 5

    Great class !!! As usual Steve has taken a complex subject and given a clear presentation as to how best structure a practice routine. This material works for all levels and for those of us with limited time to practice. Thanks Steve. Looking forward to the next one.

    by david gitlen
  5. 5

    A topic that is rarely discussed, but critically important. Information is so readily available these days that it can be difficult to really figure out how to go beyond ‘a mile wide and an inch deep’. Steve shares a mountain of practical advice on breaking down a range of material into a formalized practice structure. The lesson comes with several pages of suggestions, tips, etc that can be overlayed on any level of player and can really be helpful in determining things you could work on and HOW to work on them. I am looking forward to looking at my own practice life and seeing ways I can apply the material Steve presents. Excellent job, as usual Steve!

    by jeff stocks
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