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Krispy Kreme on balanced practice

 

Vegetables, proteins, doughnuts. Now there’s a food pyramid to get behind!

As ridiculous as this quote sounds, there’s actually some deep truth within it. Or at least when we use it as a metaphor for guitar….

In our musical lives we have 2 main elements: practice and play.

  • Play is for fun.
  • Practice is to get better.

Too much play, and we find ourselves in a rut, doing the same things over and over.

Too much practice, and we risk feeling overworked and underpaid.

Practice should focus on solving specific, timely problems:

  • master this right-hand pattern,
  • connect these notes smoothly,
  • switch between these chords in rhythm,
  • etc.

Practice is work. It demands focus and concentration. It takes all our attention, discipline and willpower.

And that’s great. Life is more meaningful with a challenging pursuit. Days are more satisfying when we get in a good, deep practice.

But sometimes we just need a doughnut.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And sometimes, the best course of action is to let go of all practice concerns and just take the guitar out for a spin.

  • Play some old tunes at top speeds, never mind the mistakes.
  • Strum and sing a song.
  • Sight-read music you have no intention of learning.
  • Lean back on the couch with legs crossed and noodle around.
  • Do all the things we work so hard not to do in practice.

Just as doughnuts are a normal part of a healthy, balanced diet, goofing off and tinkering around are healthy parts of a balanced guitar practice. Maybe not every day, but when we feel the craving, there’s no harm in caving.


Doughnuts are a normal part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Brooke Smith, Krispy Kreme spokeswoman.




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About Allen Mathews

Allen Mathews learned guitar as an adult, and has been a full-time guitar teacher for almost two decades to students age 4 to 96.  He has taught classical guitar at Reed College and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and has been a guest lecturer and clinician at schools and universities throughout the U.S.  Allen is often praised for his creative teaching abilities, and his dedication to helping adults learn classical guitar.  He has a popular Youtube Channel offering regular classical guitar tutorials, and has gained fans worldwide for his weekly emails and articles at ClassicalGuitarShed.com.


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