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Guitar Practice

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How To Practice Guitar Effectively

Practice is the repeating of an action with the goal of improving.

Sounds simple enough, but what we often do during the time we refer to as practicing is just rehashing stuff we already know. We think that just because we are playing something on guitar for a while, we must be improving.

It’s not specifically the amount of time you practice guitar that’s important – it’s the quality and effectiveness of your practice.

jazz guitar

Practicing ii V I progressions in 4ths

In this ear-training and chord practice exercise, we move through the ii V I chord progression in each key in the order of the Cycle of 4ths.

The ii V I progression is the most common chord sequence in jazz and many other genres. Understanding it can give you ideas when writing music, and make it easier to jam with jazz cats.

The ii Chord wants to move forward to the V Chord, and the V Chord wants to resolve to the I (or the tonic).

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The Importance of Mastering One Thing At a Time

Most of us have a list in our heads of things we want to improve on.

I want to eat healthier, lift more at the gym, get better at marketing, and even just within the world of musical instruments, I’d like to get better at guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums.

I often find myself committing to focusing on certain goals. I’ll be consistent for a short period of time, but then fall back on my old habits. It’s hard making permanent changes in habit.