My infatuation with Paul Gilbert’s solo albums may have dissipated (just slightly) the past few weeks but that humble, shred-tastic man is rarely far from my mind. Since I have a blank canvas for five more days until I see Danny, I’ve been doing what I want. In other words, focusing on lead with a few chords whenever I get an itch to play my acoustic.
Yeah, yeah, I know. I know I should continue a balanced practice regimen but screw it. This one time (don’t quote me), I’m going to ignore the rule of remaining “balanced” all because I want to take advantage of what energizes and inspires me to practice and improve.
What you may or may not realize is that I’m in limbo. I’m stuck between teachers and I don’t know what to practice because my current practice materials are concepts I’ve been looking at since the last time I saw Danny–January. No, that doesn’t mean I’ve been practicing that material since then, but I see it in my folder everyday and mentally urge myself to review it instead. Okay, I’ll get real with ya… the mental notes do not help. I’m simply bored of the January material and want to see something new and change things up a bit! Since I have 5 days until Danny assigns me something new, I’m going to do what I want!
I know what you’re thinking–this girl is wild and out of control. Yup, I’m being a daredevil and breaking all the rules. Hopefully, nothing more than just that. Okay, but seriously, I do fear adopting poor technique habits but what’s a measly 5 days going to do to me? I shall find out…
Inspired by Andy Wildrick playing lead guitar in the early 2000’s emo/rock band, The Junior Varsity, I taught myself segments of “Park Your Car.” Of course, it’s sloppy, significantly slower and disappointing but I am hopeful. Then I decided to take a break and work on some lead exercises to strengthen the connection between my brain and fingers, and of course, increase speed. So naturally, who do I refer to? Paul Gilbert. Surprise, surprise.
I just cannot get enough of him!
Anyways… if anything, have (extra) fun with practicing this week because that’s what I’m doing. If you’re in a rut or bored, play music that’s fun or inspires you to remember the reason why you fell in love with playing music in the first place.
So tell me, how do you spice up your practice routine?