Here’s our practice system which includes 10 areas for activity. These are implemented/realized in many, many ways. To build practice routines, for students, this is my meta-map, whether they are aware of this big map, or not.
There are all kinds of areas of focus for our practice, and they can & do blend in endless combinations. Using the following 10 areas, all of us should be able to design unlimited practice routines. And that’s the primary teaching: learn practice design. Once we treat it as a prism, it refracts endless beams of light.
And consider how each area can be broken down as well as provide a framework for the others. Eventually all of this fuses into one experience. To get there and to convey it to others, is worth the effort.
One session could include them all. Or, 2-5. Practice design means seeing the ceaseless options and run with them. There’s not enough time.
Each practice session ideally contains some training & jamming.
Training (the blue circles or semicircles above) = practicing specific things, in specific ways, to improve as a guitarist. We can train our technique/s, and/or specific pieces of music. We challenge weaknesses. A metronome or drumbeats are good ways to benchmark and track improvements.
Techniques are our playing methods. Types of techniques include fretting, strumming, picking, fingerpicking, tap-touch.
Jamming (the cyan semicircles)= making music, being creative, letting go and just playing. Typically, at the end of [during] each practice session, we play some music. This can be playing a song or piece of music that we are working on, or improvising, or writing some music.
Improvising is making music up on the spot. Just as in conversation, we aren’t working from a script, rather we are playing [saying] what emerges, in real time.