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9 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Practice



 

A question is a "quest", a looking for something. In all things, knowing the right thing to look for, the right place to look, and how to see clearly when we do look, is vital to success.

The questions you ask are more important than the answers you find, because the question determines the answer you will find. The question is the road, the answer is the end of the road. It doesn’t matter what is at the end of the road if you are on the wrong road!

 When you practice, in order to find what will lead to better playing, ask yourself these questions. They will lead you to the awareness that will make improvement possible:

Questions to Ask Yourself When You Practice:

(The answers to these questions will tell you if you’re paying attention, and if you are paying attention to the right things.)

1. As I am playing this note, what is the finger to be used next doing? (it should be getting ready for its note).

2. As I am playing this note, what is the last finger I used doing? (It should be preparing for its next note).

3. As I am playing this note, what are my shoulders doing?

4. Am I listening to, and hearing the note I am making?

5. As my finger touches the string, what does my shoulder do?

6. Am I breathing? Am I aware of the need for air as I play?

7. Am I able to think of every note before I play it?

8. Am I able to hear every note in my mind before I play it?

9. Am I able to think of each finger being used, and each finger to be used next?


For every great guitar player, the answer to all these questions will be yes, even if they are not aware they are doing these things. People of great talent do these things naturally. The rest of us must work hard, over the course of our entire playing lives, to develop ourselves in the direction these questions lead us.

The more you do this, the better player you will be.



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