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  • How I TAC – Niels

    Posted by Niels on April 29, 2021 at 4:16 am

    How many days per week do you play?
    I play every day (except when I travel without a guitar), as I am so fortunate to have retired four years ago.

    What time of day do you play?
    Whenever I feel like it, starting in the morning.
    I play 3-5 times during the day for at least 10 minutes, but often more.

    Where do you play?
    We have a guest room which doubles as a guitar den.
    I mostly play in this room, but often practice scales in the living room while watching TV with my wife.
    Previously I did the latter on a heavy, unplugged electric guitar, but I have recently acquired a Yamaha Silent guitar, which is light as a feather – great improvement.
    Or I play outside on the patio.

    What was your guitar life like before having a guitar routine & how has implementing a consistent guitar routine helped you
    I started having a guitar routine, when I joined TAC shortly after retiring.
    Before that I played seldomly, and I had had no real guitar progress for several years.
    I am now clearly progressing, especially with flatpicking, which I could not do before joining TAC.
    It is also some sort of feedback loop, as I have lots of fun learning new stuff, which makes me want to play more.
    My fourth year in TAC is devoted to improvisation, and I am convinced that one of the prerequisites to this is to know the fretboard thoroughly, so every day I run an app on my iPad placing 100 random notes on the fretboard, and after nine months this is really showing an effect.

    What is one non-guitar item that is a must have in your guitar routine?
    The best way to learn something is to make your own practice material, so every day I use a small binder with my own exercises, covering crosspicking, scales and scale connectivity for position changes.

    Bill_Brown replied 3 years ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    April 29, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Hi @Niels , sounds like a nice routine.💙 What is the app you are using to generate random notes on the fretboard? I would like to try something like that. 😎

  • Maydog

    Member
    April 29, 2021 at 10:33 am

    👍🏽

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    April 29, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    @Niels , love the schedule! I love this too, …”My fourth year in TAC is devoted to improvisation, and I am convinced that one of the prerequisites to this is to know the fretboard thoroughly, so every day I run an app on my iPad placing 100 random notes on the fretboard, and after nine months this is really showing an effect.”……I subscribe to a dude who does backing tracks and he puts the chords in. I have taken to playing the tritone on the change and including whatever extensions he puts on. I am still fairly slow when I get a new track but once I get everything located it turns quite musical. I never met an improv I didn’t like.

  • AttyTJ

    Member
    April 29, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Your bonus self-made binder makes sense. May have to join that TAC, guitar cult.

  • Niels

    Member
    April 30, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Hi @Bill_Brown

    The name of the app is “Fretuoso”, and I use the free version.
    It looks like this in the AppStore (“Uddannelse” is Danish for “Education”):

  • charlie_d

    Member
    April 30, 2021 at 6:59 am

    I’ll look into this Niels. Thanks for posting your routine. Lots of good approaches in there! I also see that based on your feline entourage you are also a highly accomplished cat herder 😺

    • This reply was modified 3 years ago by  charlie_d.
    • This reply was modified 3 years ago by  charlie_d.
    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      April 30, 2021 at 7:28 am

      🤣

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