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Practice Routine Elements

Practice Routine Elements

Categories: Guitar Lessons
In the past couple of moths a few people have asked me what the essential elements for a good practice routine are. I therefore wish to spend a little time talking about the elements that should be present in every practice routine. Keep in mind that my focus is on classical guitar, but most of the ...
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Guitarists Survival Kit

Guitarists Survival Kit

Categories: Guitar Lessons
How many of us have been performing and all of a sudden a string breaks? I believe we’ve all had those moments when everything is fine and something happens that disrupts our performance. Well, some time ago I was reading at David Russell’s web page, and look into his tips for guitarists, and fo ...
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Mental Preparation for Performance

Mental Preparation for Performance

Categories: Guitar Lessons
On one occasion Pat Metheny said: “I try to be prepared for the moment, through understanding and being warmed up, knowing all about chords and scales, so I don’t even have to think and I can get right to what it is I want to say”.Although performance time is one the most enjoyable moments tha ...
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Classical Guitar Scales

Classical Guitar Scales

Categories: Guitar Lessons
One of the most versatile tools that classical guitarists could learn to play are scales. Although we may not think about them as such, scales are of great value for the improvement of left and right hand techniques. Usually, we like to get rid of scales within the first 5-10 minutes of practice tim ...
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Playing with Preparation: “Planting”

Playing with Preparation: “Planting”

Categories: Guitar Lessons
If you are like me, you may be wondering what you gain as a classical guitarist with every new technique we learn. Certainly there are several techniques that at the beginning you cannot really tell what purpose is behind them. Other ones are very straight forward and very easy to see what benefits ...
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Aim Directed Movement

Aim Directed Movement

Categories: Guitar Lessons
There is a famous saying: “Practice makes perfect”, but in reality it is perfect practice that makes perfect. Christopher Parkening said in an interview: “you have to be a hard working perfectionist. Our goal is to overcome what we lack in ability or talent by what we have in dedication and co ...
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Free Stroke vs. Rest Stroke

Free Stroke vs. Rest Stroke

Categories: Guitar Lessons
For years classical guitarists have been debating over which stroke to use when performing classical guitar. We have the school of thought that supports “Apoyando” rest stroke, and another that supports and suggests the use of “Tirando” free stroke. Unfortunately, these two schools do not se ...
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How To Practice In 20 Minutes

How To Practice In 20 Minutes

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Many guitarists don’t have enough time to practice for long periods of time. But if you want to progress fast, you need the guitar in your hands as regularly as possible.It’s better to practice for 10-20 minutes every day, than 4 hours on just one day of the week. Getting into a rhythm of regula ...
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How To Practice Guitar

How To Practice Guitar

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If desire is the most important part of learning guitar (without it you wouldn't have even started), then concentration is the most important part of practicing guitar.I often say to people that 20 minutes of focused practice can beat, hands down, 2 hours of ‘normal’ practice, or just goofing ab ...
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