Practice makes Perfect! or Bust your chops trying!

As players know, and I speak from experience, you can't "get your chops" together if you don't "woodshed".  Now a couple off those terms may be foreign now to you but if you stick with music in any way, shape or form you're going to hear and undoubtably use them.

Let me quickly explain what they mean then move on --- "get your chops"  comes from the old blues and jazz era as wind and brass musicians would comment on the need to get their lips, and mouth -  the "chops" in common parlance - in shape for a gig.  

The Players in those old days if not today would commonly refer to their instrument as their "Axe" which when in getting the chops together would take out of the house to the backyard to the common structure in just about all the backyards  those days the " woodshed"

So a goal for all of you cats is to grab your axe take her out back to the woodshed and get your chops together!

Now what's the best way to practice? Slowly and deliberately period at first let's build some muscle memory and get the patterns under your fingers at that point we can start to tear up the fret board!

We found at MI that a timed interval for each of the areas you were working on was best, for example: say I had 3 things I was to study:

Scales----10 minutes

Chords---10 minutes

Song-----10 minutes

Here we can see that each of the areas are covered and I have at least touched on all of them. Use a timer stop at exactly the end of your alloted time move on. If at the end of the 30 minutes or later come back and noodle (jam) or work on more what you need.

 

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Indeed, a great guide buddy.

Indeed, a great guide buddy. Those terms were definitely useful, might as well use it the other time around. Thumbs up :)