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  • My TAC Routine is Evolving

    Posted by GuitarGeni on January 19, 2022 at 5:46 am

    I realized while responding to another post, that my TAC Routine is evolving. So here’s my current approach:

    I usually use whatever the Monday warmup exercise is for the whole week in addition to my normal warmup. I’ll spend about 5 min. reviewing the prior day’s challenge each weekday and on the weekend review everything from the prior week. That usually makes me feel satisfied that I’ve practiced the material well enough. I feel like it helps me get ready for the coming week.

    The 5 min. I spend during the weekdays is timed and played with a metronome. On the weekends I’ll spend as much time as I want on any given challenge. I usually find that if I keep at it for 15-20 min. on a difficult challenge I see massive improvement from when I first tried it earlier in the week.

    TAC isn’t the only course that I’m taking, I have 4 or 5 others, so this approach works best for me at this time.

    Happy Strumming!

    GuitarGeni replied 2 years, 3 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Loraine

    January 19, 2022 at 10:55 am

    @GuitarGeni It sounds like a great practice routine. You sound as if you’re very busy with the guitar and find great joy in it.

    P.S. I’m always a little envious of others that have mastered the metronome. I keep playing with it, but it does not always play out well.

    Keep up the great routine!

    • GuitarGeni

      January 20, 2022 at 9:45 am

      Loraine, I am far from a master at the metronome. In fact I was metronome challenged for a VERY long time. I guess I just had to find the right one. I use an app on my phone called Soundcorset that I absolutely love. It’s a metronome, a tuner, recorder, keeps track of my practice time and a bunch more. What I like about the metronome are a few things: Rock and Blues drum beats instead of beeps or clicks, there’s a function where you can set it to increase the speed gradually over a certain amount of time. For example: going from 80 bpm to 120 bpm in a 5 min. practice session. I usually max out at 120 on the speed challenges, but you barely notice you’re speeding up so it’s pretty cool. I haven’t spent as much time with this feature as I’d like, but my goal is to start using it to go from 120 bpm to 160 bpm on the speed challenges. If you get a chance, check it out. It’s available for iPhone & Android.

      • Loraine

        January 20, 2022 at 7:15 pm

        Thanks for the suggestion @GuitarGeni – I’ll definitely check it out.

  • Bill_Brown

    January 21, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    That’s a great routine @GuitarGeni 👏👏👏 Would you mind telling us what other courses you’re taking?

    • GuitarGeni

      January 21, 2022 at 2:59 pm

      No problem Bill.

      1.) I spend 5 min. daily working on finger picking from this Justin Johnson video: https://youtu.be/JWSSS7tJ2wQ I like that there are five exercises so I just spend time doing one each day. I alternate between Em and Am every min. so my fingers don’t get too tired and cut back to 30 sec. ea. for the final minute.

      2.) I work on using finger picks for 5 min. daily.

      3.) I work on slide guitar with Orville Johnson on JamPlay for about 5 min., but it usually ends up being longer because I don’t usually manage to get to it daily.

      4.) I am finishing up Beginner Electric Guitar Masterclass by Henry Olsen on Skillshare. I’m in the last section where we learn various licks and I spend about 3.5 min. ea. on 3 of them daily, which is the avg. length of the play along videos. If it’s one I’m struggling with, again I spend 5 min. working on that one. He also teaches a Music Theory for Guitar on there that is excellent.

      5.) I just started Rock Guitar for Beginners with Will Ripley on JamPlay. I really enjoy his teaching style and so far the licks are way more interesting than any other teacher I’ve tried.

      I’ve had to cut back, because I’m doing so much, but when I’m finished with #4, then I will use that time learning Jazz guitar @ Jazz Guitar Online. Really nice site that simplifies this genre quite a bit.

      I also have a bunch of courses that I’m working on in Skills section of this site. As you can see, I’m way busy, but that’s what retirement is for. There’s another site I used to be a member of that has a T-shirt that says: “Yes, I have a retirement plan, I’ll be playing guitar.” Pretty much says it all!

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