Guitar practice planner

Guitar Practice Plan © 2014 Peter Inglis. You are free to copy and print this diagram - please give credit to www.inglisacademy.com
You are free to copy and print this diagram - please give credit to www.inglisacademy.com.

If you allocate 5 mins to each box, in one week you will have done about 45 minutes practice per day for 5 days.

Left hand, a tight rope walker

Just how does a tight-rope walker manage to walk across that thin, moving wire?

Not only do they move, but they also spin, turn and jump, sometimes juggling at the same time!

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If you have ever tried it you will have no doubt found that no amount of "hanging on" would keep you aloft. In fact it is only by "letting go" and using your awareness of the whole body that impact with the ground below is avoided!

Luckily the consequences of poor technique on the guitar string are not likely to be fatal! The most likely casualty of struggling with the strings is the player's self esteem.

Ice skaters, tight rope walkers, unicycle riders, dancers, can all serve as good models for the human body in dialogue with their particular instrument... the skates, cycle, rope etc.

Common elements between a tight rope walker and your left hand on the guitar:

  1. Balance
  2. Agility
  3. Freedom of movement

Playing in higher positions

On the guitarm, the left shoulder has to move downward to allow access to the higher notes.
The left shoulder has to move downward to allow access to the higher notes.

The guitar can be raised to achieve the same
The guitar can be raised to achieve the same result.

Evolution of a Technique

After initial attraction to the pop music of the 1970's, particularly the guitar based groups, I expanded my musical horizons to jazz and classical. Taking as one role model the great Classical-Rock Artist Keith Emerson, I developed a 20 year plan to master performance in:

  1. Rock/Pop
  2. Jazz, and
  3. Classical styles

... with my ultimate aim being to forge a personal guitar style blending all these influences.

genres of music

Read more: Evolution of a Technique

What is Technique?

"Technique is the ability to express musical thoughts on your instrument."

No less, no more. Anything that doesn't help you get your message across can be discarded. That still leaves you plenty to do

The technique you want to develop depends on what kind of story you want to tell on the instrument.