cleary wrote: ↑
05 Jun 2017, 10:10
Seconding maxgroovers excellent advice, I would also recommend you record yourself.
The key to efficient practice is to go straight in to the places you're making mistakes, and work to correct those mistakes specifically.
Couldn't agree more with that.
I also agree that 1 hour is plenty per day , and it doesnt have to be a consecutive hour, either. . . 2x 30 . 3 x 20 . .
And try really hard NOT to play stuff you already know . . thats not practice . . thats playing stuff you already know.
And have a plan of what and how you are practicing . . it wont just happen on its own .
I have had or done pretty much all the things you are doing (yes, some time back) but I remember parts of this . .
The pick . . well F@#$ me, there's gotta be a better way . . . it' was just a constant punish, for me, anyway.
Advice - How relaxed are you with these songs? . . . not very? . . . maybe you could look at how you are playing them,
and whether you know them well enough to feel relaxed when playing them ? . .
Only if you regain some fine muscle control in your forearms, will you be able to curb your enthusiasm and increase your accuracy. And people scoff at playing through things s l o w l y, but it definitely is a more accurate way for your hands and brain to acquire new techniques, and reproduce them fluently , at tempo. Also, recording yourself, mentioned earlier, can be a real eye opener, and is a MUST..
I would add, that when I eventually decided to put aside the pick, jump the barbed wire fence and go skittling off into fingerstyle territory, I only PRACTICED with my fingers , and still gigged as before.
Eventually, I brought the fingers in , a song here , a song there, and just built the list and my confidence. .
But thats me, and how I stumbled through it.
Your comment about being an effective band member is great to hear ,
hold onto that.
If you have limited time etc . . maybe just get as comfortable as you can with your sets and know every song backwards.
The issues you would like to control are all totally acheivable , for any player, even given time constraints.
But it takes a little momentum to get over those speed humps, so dont expect miracles immediately .
However, if you change your practice to focus on addressing these goals , you will find they will be corrected fairly swiftly.
If you dont, . . . they wont . . . .
Its up to you, really
Better technique actually makes the job so much easier - once its under your fingers
But that requires consistant muscle stuff to form the muscle memory needed to change or acquire techniques.
Unfortunately, the only way through , is practice . . . IF thats what you want .
Its a personal choice .
Good luck with it, . . I'd give a guy with your attiude a shot, anyday.
Feel free to msg or contact me , if you wanted practice suggestions etc.