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  • Routine Notebook

    Posted by riccsnet on December 27, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Does anyone have any advice for how to organize a routine notebook. Or, maybe I should ask how to organize a daily challenge notebook? (date, lesson type, key) Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Cadgirl replied 2 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • the-old-coach

    December 27, 2021 at 6:41 pm


    To me– keeping the daily lessons around somehow is a good plan. Remember, they go away at the end of each month- unless you have “favoritized” them, or printed them out, or saved them some other way.

    For what it’s worth, I print out all of the daily lessons and keep them in order, in a big 3-ring binder. I just write the month and year on the top of each.

    I don’t re-print or keep the “Speed Challenge” version of previous lessons. And also I don’t re-print dailies that have came around before- (I’ve heard people say many of them come “back around” every 8-10 months), so in that case, I already have ’em.

    Guess the main reason is that I can just occasionally- (once or twice a week)- open it to a completely random lesson, and give it 10-15 minutes just for the heck of it. It’s kinda fun actually- keeps thing “light”. Sometimes I “hit” on a lesson that have to change tuning- and this keeps me rehearsed on doing that.

    And I can use the book to practice without a computer if I’m somewhere without one.

    May not be perfect, but it works for me. Hope this helps.

    Anyway, I’m sure you’ll get some responses!

    Mark J

    • riccsnet

      December 28, 2021 at 9:46 pm

      thank you so much

  • Carol-3M-Stillhand

    December 28, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    @riccsnet in the past I had tried the notebook thing, and I printed out each day’s daily challenge. I found 2 different methods which were both helpful but neither one was very “index-able” in order to find a specific exercise after the fact…. which is why I stopped printing/organizing them, haha

    The first way was to organize the daily lesson printouts by weekly chunks. This was pretty awesome because every other week focuses on flatpicking (Not my genre) alternating with fingerstyle (now that’s where it’s at!) Also as you progress through any given week, the 5 lessons for that week sort of have a common theme, same key, same open tuning, the riff goes with the Friday chord progression for that week, etc etc…. As the weeks passed, some of the material would be repeated, but not always the same 5 together in one week as originally appearing, so that made it confusing in my notebook method :/

    The other way I tried was to print and group all the Monday lessons (Riffs), then the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday ones all separated since each day of the week focused on a riff or a chord progression or a certain set of key chords, etc.

    Again, both of these ways that I tried are not too index-friendly so If I was trying to find a certain exercise or open tuning batch, or specific key, I had to just keep flipping through the notebook until I found it, that is if I had already printed that one….

    These days I am taking the lazy way out and I just hit the favorite button on any of the daily lessons that I really love, or on the ones I haven’t learned yet and really want to go back to and learn. I’m sure there’s alot of different ways to index these lessons so that you can find what you want easily but I’m not really a spreadsheet nerd, haha.

    Good luck to you as you work through all these cool daily lessons!!! C

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Carol-3M-Stillhand. Reason: correct typo
    • riccsnet

      December 28, 2021 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks you, very helpful.

  • Cadgirl

    December 30, 2021 at 4:00 am

    I save all the daily challenges. rename them to ‘date – name of lesson – what the lesson is” . Lessions are ====> Monday is TECHNIQUE, Tuesday is GUITAR LICK, Wednesday is IMPROVISATION, Thursday is RHYTHM GUITAR and Friday is CHORD PROGRESSION. Keep them stored in a folder on your computer then it’s easy to do a search for what ever lesson you want to focus on. I also save the ‘backing track’ on Wednesday. Good luck. This helps me and like @Mark said the lessons go away at the end of the month.

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