I don't think you have to play for people. I do play for my wife (resisting the punch line), but I played for 25 years before I met her. I never played for anyone before her.ronjazz wrote:Alright, alright, already. Here's the thing: if you want to play the guitar, you have to play for people. This fact means that you must think about a program that you would like that people would also like. Learn that program, 30 minutes, and go play at a senior center or a library. Professionals learn what they need to make money giving pleasure with, and everybody needs a goal in order to finish anything, really. So, if you're interested in getting good, set up a concert, then watch how your practice becomes structured and focused.
This is similar to what I do. I have a fairly large binder which I have most my music organized in sections:TomPage wrote:On advice of Scott Kritzer, I organize my pieces into 4 practice bins: New Work, Detailing, Maintenance, and Performance.
You haven't learned a piece of music until you have analyzed it both harmonically and melodically. Eventually it becomes automatic.mfarber wrote:My problem with memorizing is that I tend to memorize hand positions and sequences, not notes. If someone said to me, "start playing at the C" I would have no idea what they meant. I know what a C is, but I am not conscious of the notes I play when I memorize music. I know that some people try to "sing" the notes in their head as they play, but I find this distracting.
Interesting, I can see how this would work but I would say it takes a fair bit of discipline because you are holding off the gratification of being able to (roughly) play the entire section/piece by just going very slowly mastering one phrase at a time. I'm not sure I could do this but I might give it a go.2handband wrote:I admit I just skimmed the thread so maybe somebody has already said this, but:
The answer is exactly one. And you don't read through the whole thing; you take it one phrase at a time until you master that phrase. Yes, I'm serious. You don't play phrase 2 until phrase one sounds flawless, at tempo, all the time. This may sound insane but it can yield spectacular results. I've been known to practice a 2 measure lick for four hours at a stretch, and by doing so I have learned music that was far beyond my level very quickly indeed.
I did notice one person talking about not bothering to memorize. You're not seriously going onstage with a music stand between you and the audience... are you?
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