When is your favorite time of day to Practice?
Hope you're all doing well and creating great music! Today, I have a question for you:
When do you find yourself most drawn to your instrument? Are you an early bird, filling the quiet morning air with your melodies? Or perhaps you're a night owl, serenading the moon with your tunes? Maybe you're someone who likes a mid-day break with your instrument?
Sharing our individual routines could provide valuable insights for those struggling to find their optimal practice time. Plus, it's always interesting to see the variety in our community!
So let's hear it, toneBuddies! What's your favourite time to practice and why?
For me, I like to practice in the morning hours. I generally start around 8:30 am and continue until 1 pm, breaking this time up into 30-minute sets with 15 to 20 minutes rests between sets. I start with technical exercises from Carlevaro's Cuadernos, then move on to newer pieces that I am working on and finishing with a run through of pieces that I am trying to maintain at a decent level. Finally in the afternoon, I do some sight reading of pieces that I may want to learn in the future. All in all, I try to put in three hours per day.
I've been practicing morning, day and night! I'm a beginner. So I'm juggling between watching lessons on technique and reading music and then actually trying to play something.
Reading music has been really challenging and often tedious and frustrating. I'm moving inch by inch ( man the confusion between open B and open G on the staff for me). Reading a whole piece would be a mountain to climb for me right now. But the important thing for me is, I'll keep on doing it until I get it right.
Any tips, or words of encouragement from fellow guitarists would be highly appreciated . How do I practice without getting bogged down in reading music. Any tips?
David Krupka Jim King Thanks a ton for for your kind help and encouragement. Sometimes, impatience and eagerness to learn faster gets the better of me. I need to remind myself to be patient and set realistic goals, especially with reading music.
I'm already familiar with tabs and I can play chords and some arpeggios with relative ease. And yes, I've been checking out Mircea's lessons and livestreams on reading music.