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October 27, 2004

About Practicing Guitar (your time in the woodshed)

There's only one thing you can do to become a better Jazz Guitar player: spend a lot of time in the woodshed.
Make sure you spend this time as efficient as possible.

Here are a few tips:

1) Pick your topics: what aspects of playing guitar do you want to get better on? Choose some topics and practice them daily. Don't choose too many topics. Focus!

2) Know all there is to know about your topics: investigate! Check all available resources: websites, books, teachers, other guitarists, DVD's, ...

3) Create exercises for your topics: don't make them too difficult or too easy. Be realistic! Find a good balance between mechanical and creative exercises. Enjoy!

4) Do it! Do your exercises daily and stick to the plan.

5) Have a look at yourself: evaluate yourself after some time. Record yourself or get some feedback from friends or teachers. Did you get the results you want? If no, practice some more, if yes go to the next topic.

And if you're out of topics have a look overhere: http://www.jazzguitar.be

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