Tales from the Woodshed – Day 2

Today I went through the same routine as yesterday but had more time to spend on improvisation and transcription. I also went through  Major, Harmonic minor, and Melodic minor 3 note per string shapes, Diminished & Wholetone scales, plus worked on some Dominant 7th chord voicings as well as blues comping. I had much more time available today, but didn't want to overdo it. To avoid injury, it's always best to increase practice time gradually. Stay tuned for more posts, lessons etc....
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Tales from the Woodshed – Day 1

So, today was a great start into my new practice plan. I had roughly two hours to practice, which was the perfect amount of time to ease myself back into the swing of things. After my session I was left feeling excited and super positive about the week ahead.   Today’s practice plan looked something like this: Warm up - b2nd intervals over neck,  mMaj 7 chord inversions Alternate Picking exercises focusing on Upstrokes Permutations of spider exercise, again focusing on Upstrokes Rhythm Reading – syncopation exercises Scales –Melodic Minor scale in whole steps and b3rds Legato exercises minor ii-V-I licks Improvisation – Jazz blues – focusing on phrasing Transcription – 1 chorus from Jazz blues solo (Freddie freeloader), songs etc. for students   I have more time to practice tomorrow so I'll add some more technical exercises and another tune ;)  ...
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Enter the Woodshed

Hello to you all out there! Just over two years ago I moved from England to Sweden and since moving here I've had lots of fun gigging and recording with various bands. However for the last 18 months I  have been so focused on learning  and studying Swedish that my guitar practice has suffered quite a bit especially in the technique department. This blog is a way for me to share my thoughts on guitar playing, elements of my practice routine and outline my specific problems. To begin with, the biggest  part of my practice routine will focus on Guitar Technique.  For the first two months or so I will be going back to basics and using  "slow practice" to iron out all the bad habits I've accrued over the last year or so. Another area I will focus on is Improvisation. Stay tuned for more posts with exercises, concepts etc. Jay...
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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!!! It’s that time of the year again, where everyone is reflecting on the past year and looking to make changes to better themselves. Personally I love this time of the year because one can see the results from all their hard work and learn from the previous year’s mistakes to make significant changes and come closer to achieving those goals, no matter what the goals may be. In this post I want to outline how one can plan and produce successful results and how easy it can be. First of all grab a piece of paper and a pen or open a word processor. Step 1 – What is your “Ultimate Goal”? Find a quite place and close your eyes and concentrate on what your ultimate goal/ dream is, maybe you want to be able to play 1000 notes per second, write a hit song, play anything you hear in your head or be a well rounded musician.  Once you figure out your...
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