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How to become a better musician by creating a balanced practice schedule There are many elements that make great musicians stand apart from the others What and how much they accomplish during their practice time is the key to their success Having a plan and a schedule will allow you to see and meet your goals much sooner with less practice time It is not always about how much time you put in but about what you make of the time you have Here are 10 keys to balancing your practice time in no particular order or importance In my future articles I will talk about each key point in detail 1 Technique Exercises 2 Chords and 3rd String Triads 3 Songwriting and Recording 4 Improvisation 5 Rhythm 6 Sight Reading Chord Charts 7 Playing and Creating music in all 12 keys 8 Fret Board Awareness 9 Playing and Transcribing Songs 10 Ear Training and Theory To be explained in future articles Technique Exercises Scales modes sequences arpeggios string skipping tremolo picking bends vibrato legato slides pedal points tapping 8 finger tapping chromatics left hand muting right hand muting endurance coordination picking technique picking while plucking using both hands efficiently practicing with a metronome Chords and 3rd String Triads 3 string triads 4th 5th 6th string open and barred 7th chords Jazz voicings added tone chords chord extensions inversions Songwriting and Recording Working in one key multiple keys modulations transitions dynamic changes tempo changes song structure development and expansion thin layering thick layering counter and contrary melodies harmonizing editing producing analyze and write out the arrangement of others bands songs use visual composing spoken composing artistic composing humming into a hand held recorder getting familiar with recording and all that goes along with it finding your sound critiquing others recordings-tones-mixes-effects take note
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