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Practice

 

I used to believe that the hardest thing in the world to do was to sit down and practice guitar.  I want to tell you, man, I really hated it.

 

When I went to college, I started studying classical guitar.  The first 10 to 15 minutes of the class was spent warming up—playing major and minor scales up and down the length of the neck.  Trying to start every personal practice session playing those scales…that made the thought of practicing even less appealing.

 

Eventually I was able to come to grips with my own personal practice regiment.  Now, I believe that the hardest thing in the world to do is to get my band to practice.

 

Anyway…

 

The ideal isn’t to rest on your laurels.  Even the greatest musicians of our time still devote themselves to a daily practice ritual.  Yo Yo Ma reportedly practices six hours a day!

 

You got the gift: great.  Now is the time to develop it, expand upon it, nurture it.

 

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Even if you didn’t quite get the gift, practice can take nominal skills and transform them into functional or even exceptional ones.

 

This applies to cross-training even more.

 

If you’re a gifted singer, developing guitar or piano playing skills can only serve you better.  Mick Jagger and Bono have both donned a guitar to contribute to their bands’ live shows.

 

If you’re a songwriter/guitarist, practicing singing will benefit you for when you find yourself recording work tapes, pitching songs or playing writer’s nights at the local watering hole.

 

Even songwriting can be practiced, although generally speaking, practicing songwriting and songwriting are essentially the same thing.  The added perk to practicing songwriting is often you get a song out of it.

 

Trying to get an entire band to practice is tough.  Everyone has their own personal commitments, their own goals and there own idea about how much time they want to rehearse.

 

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Even with a well-equipped rehearsal space filled with gear (so no one has to bring a thing) provided at no expense to anyone in the band, I have found it difficult to get everyone together.

 

Hey, just more time for more personal practice.

 

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