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The ideal structure of an electric guitar practice session

September 13, 20222 min read

Hello there, guitar slingers!

On the most basic level, when it comes to structuring an electric guitar practice session you need to be working on the three big things: Technique, theory, or fingerboard knowledge and improvisation. Always make time for all three things mentioned in your practice schedule. Which one will take you the most or less of your time depends on your specific goals. Once you have enough time to practice all these, then and only then you should add some time for ear training, some time for rhythm guitar, and for learning new songs.

The technique has to do with the limitations of the body and how you get to play better and faster. So, anything like alternate picking, legato, string skipping, wide stretching, sweep picking, and tapping falls into the technique category.

The theory has several different segments. One of them is fingerboard knowledge and should be done every day. For example, knowing the Dorian scale on all five different neck positions is part of the theory.

Improvisation is the part where you apply technique, theory, and the licks you have learned so far and just put them together, just the way you are putting together your speech when you speak a language.

All of these should be done on a daily basis. The rest of the stuff (ear training, rhythm, learning new songs) is also very important but there is no reason to do them every day.

So, depending on your goals, skill set and how much time you have every day to practice, try to develop a schedule based on these things.

I hope this was helpful. You can watch the video below, where I explain this topic in more detail. If you’re interested in developing your guitar skills and reaching your music goals, please check the different Elite Guitar Coaching Academy packages and how you can get private coaching from me.

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Ioannis Anastassakis

Ioannis Anastassakis studied at the distinguished Musicians Institute (GIT), where he remained as an instructor, after graduating in the top 1% of his class. He continued his graduate studies in Music, at California State University, completing an MA in Guitar Performance, and graduating with Magna Cum Laude distinction. As an accomplished author, he has written five highly successful instructional books published by Mel Bay Publications, with his latest book reaching the #1 spot on the Amazon charts. He has released 5 guitar CDs and has been teaching Music and Music Business at the University level since 2001. Additionally, he is the founder and managing director of Elite Guitar Coaching.

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