Boost Practice Efficiency (Matt Garstka)

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for another way to tackle practice. I got some good stuff from this video from Matt Gastka. Check it out. It’s long, but worth it.

I put the code in to start the video at 6:16, because that’s where the lesson with Matt Gastka starts. If you want to hear some killer drumming, click back to the top of the video.

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  1. Mark Spalding says:

    Thank you,
    I was wondering if you have tools for effective and efficient practice for guitar?
    I have The Practice of Practice and Practice Like This on audio, I really enjoy them!
    My goal is to play guitar and sing at the same time. ☺

    Thank you,

    Mark Spalding
    Broker
    Cell 678-776-1135
    Spalding Brokers, LLC http://www.spaldingbrokers.com

    From: Practice of Practice
    Reply-To: The Practice of Practice
    Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11:19 AM
    To: Mark Spalding
    Subject: [New post] Boost Practice Efficiency (Matt Garstka)

    Jon Harnum posted: “If you’re like me, you’re always looking for another way to tackle practice. I got some good stuff from this video from Matt Gastka. Check it out. It’s long, but worth it. I put the code in to start the video at 6:16, because that’s where the lesson with”

    1. Jon Harnum says:

      Hi Mark-
      A good question, and singing along with my guitar is one of my goals, too, every time I learn a new song. For me, it’s all about repetition of the guitar part, whether it’s the chords or the fingerpicking. I start with the guitar and get it down, even if it’s a small piece of the song, I mean REALLY down, deeper than memorized, if I can. I like to whistle, so I’ll often do that, too, because then I only need to remember the melody and not the lyrics, haha. Or I’ll hum since that’s closer to singing. Or, as I play the guitar, I’ll “sing” the lyrics or listen to the melody in my head. Usually I’ll do all of these over the course of learning a tune.

      Reminds me of something Sona Jobarteh said she does with her students. She makes them learn the kora part until they CAN’T forget it. And then they add another part. I think it’s something like that. It’s been a while since she spoke with me about practice, but that was one of the gems. Here’s some more info about her: https://thepracticeofpractice.com/2014/03/05/sona-jobarteh-multi-instrumental-musician/

      and her site: http://www.sonajobarteh.com
      on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oToZfPGMMBY&list=RDoToZfPGMMBY

      Hope that helped. The real trick is to just keep at it. Took me a few months to get this tune by Blaze Foley under my fingers and my voice. It’s been a bit over a year and the tune is now feeling really solid. It takes a lot of time and repetition, at least for me it does. Hope you can get it down faster! Best wishes.

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