jdart3000 wrote:...Daily scales (just a few), exercises and Giuliani 120 (only 5 or 6 at a time) with a metronome begun slowly and gradually increasing the tempo gives me more accuracy and confidence. This slow warm-up is even more necessary as we age to avoid injuries ...
I find it is possible to use warm up pieces instead, which works for me just as well as scales or exercises. I don't consider pieces to be exercises, per se and, playing them, less injurious to my practice time. (Time equals wear and tear!) I agree that slow and methodical is a good way to start the practice session. (Metronome? What's that?
) Well, sometimes, I remember what that thing is for!
Now, I'm not an absolutist and will occasionally play some 2 or 3 octave scales, just to make sure I don't forget them and also to check for fingernail condition.
That said, scales are very important for hand co-ordination and velocity development. I first played CG, and took lessons, in my late 30's and early 40's for approximately 6 years. Then I quit playing entirely for close to 30 years. During this "youthful" period, I did practice rapid scales with the metronome and enjoyed that immensely with no discomfort whatsoever and rewarded with impressive velocity. This just does not work for me anymore.
Jack Douglas wrote:...
Having recently reached the 70 age, I acquired the guitar listed and started taking lessons with a drill instructor teacher 76 years old. ...
Oh, no! A 76 year old drill instructor teacher! This would not work for me.
I can't find a suitable teacher and lessons are so expensive, so I just soldier onward on my own. However, I did acquire a good foundation with a good teacher, at one time. I think I may now have discovered my inner teacher. He lets me work at a pace which I can handle and enjoy!
I'm so pleased to hear that three score and ten types are both commencing guitar study and enjoying it!