Practice Routine Question
Q: Hey Joel I had a question about practicing. For a long time I practiced with timers with sessions but then I came up with an alternative method that I’ve been using for a long time now, but I wanted to ask you if you think its the best way or if I could find a better one. My method is that I make out a check list and I set a goal number of times to practice/play each item on the checklist, ie. alternate picking exercise (play 20 times), and then I’d move on to the next exercise, etc. My question is regarding whether or not the amount of time you practice a lick with focus or the amount of times you actually practice the lick. Sorry if it sounds a little confusing but I got tired of timers because I felt they made me think i was going by how much I time I practiced and not how efficient the practice was.
A: Hello Matt. I would say that this sounds like a great way to practice and if it works for you then it is absolutely correct! Essentially, you are accomplishing the same thing, repetition in practice. I see no reason not to do it this way. If you feel like you are not progressing in a certain area of your performance, then just up the amount of times you practice it. Good luck!