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Practice Theory


Practicing guitar is a science. When we know the science of practicing, we can get better and better on guitar. The beginning of learning the science of practice is understanding that practicing guitar means training your fingers (and the arms they are attached too) to make the movements necessary to make music on the guitar.

Here, you will find information that will help you develop the correct understanding of the practice process for guitar.

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Every guitar player gets stuck on a plateau from time to time, unable to get better on guitar. Here is what the great players do..................
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Great Guitar Players Give Advice You'd Better Not Follow! Understanding "Auto Correct"
Here is an excellent question about building speed on guitar that is a great area of confusion for guitar students. It shows how careful we must be when listening to the advice of great players!
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Creating Coordination with Coupling
Coupling is the bringing together, into one playing moment and motion, of two or more events necessary to produce a note. It is done by intense focus on the tactile sensations of fingers on strings.
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Measuring Your Progress On Guitar
Guitar students practice every day, but often have no idea if they are making any progress. There are ways of measuring your progress on guitar, and we have to know them, and use them.
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Guitar Speed Exercises: Are They Working For You?
You can find guitar speed exercises all over the web, and in thousands of books. Many guitar students have a pile of these books, but no speed in their fingers. Here's why!
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It's Not A Problem, It's A Process
Attitude is everything when it comes to learning guitar. Learning how to see every problem as a process is the key to becoming a great guitar player. In this article, I explain how to do this.
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Practicing One Thing is Practicing Everything!
If you know how to learn one thing really well on guitar, you know how to learn anything. If you cannot learn one thing well, you cannot learn anything well. Correct practice changes everything!
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9 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Practice
Here are 9 critical things you MUST be aware of when you practice guitar. Lack of awareness of these things is the root of endless problems.
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Perfection & Guitar Playing
What does "perfection" mean for a guitar player. You'd better know, or you could be causing yourself a lot of agony!
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Playing From The String
"Playing From The String" is one of the secrets of the masters of guitar. All good players are doing this, even if they don't know what it means! Here's what it mean.....
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The 5 Minute Practice Session
Finding a block of time for guitar practice is sometimes difficult. Don't go for days without touching those strings you love! Learn how to make solid progress in just 5 minutes!
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Am I Too Old To Learn Guitar?
A lot of "grown ups" want to fulfill their lifelong dream of playing the guitar. But. one nasty, nagging doubt holds them back. Cheer up...here's the good news!
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Natural Talent - Do I Need It?
What is "natural talent" for guitar? Few people know, yet many people are sure they don't have it when it comes to guitar! Here is what "natural talent" really means......
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The 2 Types of Growth On Guitar: Horizontal & Vertical
There are two kinds of growth we can experience on guitar. I call them Vertical & Horizontal Growth.Both are necessary, but Vertical growth is hard to come by!
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Agressive Guitar Practice
Many guitar students make little or no progress because their practicing is not aggressive enough. When you practice, your mind must have the energy of a hurricane and the tenacity of a pit bull!
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Review Is Required
Reviewing material we have already worked on, and applying our new and improved skills is essential for reaching our full potential on guitar.
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Guitar Principles Recommended Metronomes
A metronome is necessary for guitar practice. Some metronomes are better than others when it comes to doing powerful and correct practice.
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Why You Should Use A Metronome For Guitar Practice
Knowing how to use a metronome when you practice guitar WILL make you a better player! Here's why...
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Double Trouble
Sometimes the way to make something better on guitar is to make it worse first!
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The Importance Of Repertoire
If you have played guitar for more than six months and you do not have a few things you can play from beginning to end, something is seriously wrong!
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Changing Bad Habits On Guitar
Virtually all beginners on guitar unknowingly form bad habits. They can last for decades, making you less of a guitar player than you can be. Here is how to get rid of your bad habits.
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Guitar Practice Organization
Here's how to find the time for guitar practice and how to organize it. There are 4 essential categories of practice you must organize in your guitar practice schedule...here they are...
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