Students can get caught up in the physical part of playing an instrument and go about it mathematically and not musically. It is possible to learn a scale pattern or chord shape and memorize the fingering and still be able to play it correctly even if your ears are covered up. This is how a robot might practice but the sound is not attached to the note and the human element of feeling and emotion is missing.
In the words of Basketball Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, “What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice?!?” Well, yes and for good reason. Learning how to practice is often overlooked and can be the key to reaching your goals. Creating and following an effective practice routine is one of the most important skills for any musician.
The DGL lesson rooms are filled with hopeful and encouraging words from both students and instructors regarding weekly practice. But during the week, those motivational thoughts fade like most New Year’s resolutions. Now that it is February, let’s try this resolution thing again.
This is a good time to evaluate your progress and make a quick checklist of skills and abilities and establish new goals for the rest of the year.
We have been standing at the edge of the water contemplating “yes or no”. Well, this is our first dive into the lesson blog pool and I invite you to join us as we explore various topics relating to guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, piano, voice, gear and music in general. Our goal is to inform, educate, entertain, motivate and hopefully inspire you along the way.
There is a cast of characters here at David’s Guitar Loft and we have often thought that we are a sitcom in the making. Some of the stories will probably remain untold but we will offer the occasional peek into the wacky world of musicians while helping you better understand the music you are studying. We will tap into the unique perspective of the DGL instructors to help shed light on common issues that most students can relate to and hear about the strategies used to be successful.
A new video series will also accompany the blog to give you even more quality content so check back each week for the latest posts and enjoy the ride.