If you're at all serious about learning to play the guitar, you'll already know the secret to advancing your skills.
Practice, practice, practice.
Saying it is actually easier said than done. You need to, first of all, make the time, and you also need to come up with a suitable practice routine, that will develop your guitar skills.
As a rule of thumb, if you have X amount of time to practice, it's a good idea to split up your practice session like this:
- 1/3 devoted to technical aspects of playing guitar and scales. This gets you practicing and refining things you have already learned.
- 1/3 devoted to using your knowledge to play and make music, along with a backing track for example. This is the fun part 🙂
- 1/3 devoted to learning new stuff. This is where you advance as a guitarist/musician.
Each part of this general practice routine is important, but it is still just that, pretty general.
This is where an awesome website that I just found comes into play, MusicDiscipline.com.
The website is basically an online practice session generator, that will randomly give you exercises to practice. Because of the type of exercises, I can assume the site is aimed at intermediate guitarists, so not total beginners.
The process of generating your practice sessions is pretty easy:
- Pick your instrument (presently only electric guitar is available)
- Give how much time you've got to practice
- Make sure you're in tune, and begin!
The site will randomly generate several practice exercises for you, each with a timer, so you don't run out of your allotted practice time.
Each practice exercise will be between 5-10 minutes long, depending on the complexity.
Once the time runs out for a given exercise, you can continue to the next one.
Randomized practice exercises
If I counted correctly, there are presently 179 exercise sets the website will thrown at you.
This is made up of variations of given subjects, so for example, there are 15 variations of exercises for learning the minor pentatonic scale.
A lot of the exercises involve practicing a given lick or technique, which was made more efficient with the online metronome that's embedded at the bottom of each exercise page. Unfortunately, the author did not convert it to HTML5, so it does not work anymore.
You can use this online metronome instead.
If you create a free account, the system tracks what you've practiced, so it doesn't give you the same exercise twice. I didn't test this though, but it sounds like a smart feature. I would maybe modify it a bit, so that it doesn't give you the same exercise for let's say 5 sessions, after which it's OK to repeat.
Have a look at MusicDiscipline.com if you're feeling out of ideas on how to fill your practice time, it's a very useful and fun way of filling your session.