There’s a great article on about how ‘Pro’ guitar players practice.  Almost every book out there mentions these same things, but home musicians almost ALWAYS ignore them.  (I’m VERY guilty of this).  Quick summary:

  1. Play Perfectly
  2. Play Slowly
  3. Practice Technique, not songs
  4. Simple and perfect is better than flashy and sloppy (unless you’re Jimmy Page or Slash )

Now, one counter point to this article… Different people have different goals.  Playing in a cover band requires a different set of skills than being a Session artist.  Do what makes sense to further your enjoyment of playing.


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