Imagine these scenarios:
- A.) Take a class on running
- B.) Work with a running coach
- C.) Just start running
Fundamentals in Guitar Practice
- How do I get my tremolo more even and faster?
- How do I play my scales faster?
- How can I get this piece of music up the tempo?
- How do I keep my hands from bouncing when I go fast?
- How do I get the little finger on my left hand stronger?
“It’s like playing a game of Whack-a-Mole.”
While I could dig into anyone of these questions at length, and offer specific exercises for plans of attack to take care of the problem, the truth is that some other problem would just pop up.
What the Pros Do
“Pros spend just as much time (or more) mastering form and positions as they do actually working out.”
This mastering form and position is at the heart of any movement art. It’s true for dancing, powerlifting, running, swimming, musicianship, sculpting, martial arts, or anything else that involves movement taken to a high level.
Practice is Not the Same as Exercise
“Practicing is training and instilling fundamental skills.”
Practicing is training and instilling fundamental skills. It’s working on the fundamental motions and positions and forms that will enable us to the things we want to do on our instruments. Then it is repeating these motions with integrity until they become habit.
The More Common Path
Redefining Guitar Practice for Ourselves
“A great goal would be perfection of positions and movements.”
We have to be willing to slow down and put aside our need for immediate high-level results. Our goal has to be perfection of position and movement.
We have to trust that this will give up the end result we are after (such as faster scales, even tremolo, strong little finger, playing the piece at tempo, etc.)
Life in the Modern World
- Being thin instead of healthy
- Having white or straight teeth instead of healthy teeth
- Having high pay instead of rewarding work
- Having fancy “things” instead of financial security or independence
- Having more instead of better
- Or in music, fast instead of clean
- attention to detail.