The ULTIMATE Guitar Practice Routine
Just show up every day, and I'll tell you what to play!
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# of years played
One year as of December 3rd
Favorite 3 Bands:
It used to be Metallica and the like, nowadays is mostly Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and a slew of Delta blues guys – Robert Johnson, Son House, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Bukka White, etc., with the occasional Rodrigo y Garbriella, TE, Andy McKee and so on.
How many guitars do you currently own?
In the first year since I touched a guitar, I’ve bought seven guitars, sold three, made one from scratch, and gifted one to my goddaughter. So that makes four guitars – Martin 000-28EC, Martin OM-ECHF, Layla, and a Harley Benton Les Paul interpretation.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
I enjoy playing, it’s a meditative experience for me, so the better I can play the more I enjoy it. Also, it is a means of self expression, and a field that is vast enough that one would always have areas to improve and explore. From guitar building and woodworking to jazz, blues, percussive fingerstyle, classical music. And it’s a “cheap” source of flow for me. Cheap, meaning that you put in the practice, and you improve. Yes, it involves some blood, some sweat, and some tears, but the more one gets control over the instrument, the more enjoyable it becomes. Or so I hope. So far that’s been my experience.
Why are you an active TAC member?
I don’t really follow the practice plan anymore, but I enjoy the forum community. Some really good players, but more so the general atmosphere of everyone wanting to improve, and at the same time be inspired from other players, and offer encouragement – I quite like that, so I stick around. Maybe one day I’ll pick up the exercises again.
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
My first performance video was actually my first open mic experience, so it was already out there in a way. Then I posted songs when I was preparing for my second open mic, so the performance videos have always been connected with the same songs being performed in front of a live audience. I don’t have stage fright, I’m actually quite comfortable with performing live, and I’m not really worried about making mistakes. I’ve accepted that the piece is not going to be perfect, and I’ll have 3-4 performances of each piece where it’s not 100% clean, so the sooner I get them out of the way, the better.
Tell us the story of your first open mic…
I had been playing for five months, group lessons, so we had these “graduation ceremonies” where we play together simple 3-4 chord songs. There was also an open mic time, and I played Someone Like You by Adele, arranged by Sungha Jung. Playing with the group helped set my adrenalin, and I managed to pull it off. It was quite challenging song for my level back then, but this is the style I like. Since then I’ve done a couple more open mics, and I quite enjoy it. There was another one on December 17th.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
Well, this has been a great experience so far. I’ve managed to do 870 hours in one year, for the next year the goal is 1,000h. Initially I started putting £5 (about $7.50) in a biscuit box for every hour I play to save for a main instrument, in order to develop a relationship between player and guitar with something that would be of a standard that my skills would not outgrow quickly, so long story short I now have two “main” guitars.