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Fixing Bad Practicing

February 20, 2013

I was working on Big Love by Fleetwood Mac today.  Not the album version - the live version from The Dance.  It’s a workout to say the least.

I used to be good at practicing.  And sometimes I still am.  But if I want to be a better guitarist, then I need to be good at practicing all the time.  I don’t mean being good about practicing.  I mean actually being good at practicing.  I can sit with my guitar on my lap all day and say that I played it all day.  Or practiced all day.  But did I really?  No.  Will I get better that way?  No.

So it’s back to keeping a practice log and writing down what I’m going to practice.  I’ve been waking up earlier for whatever reason.  I think it’s a sign: practice.  My soul knows what’s happening, and I know I feel better when I play guitar more.  And practice more.

My callouses have gone down.  If nothing else, I have to remedy that.

Oh, and this also applies to singing and writing.  I’m the most diligent about writing and the least diligent about singing.

That being said, it’s 11:35PM.  I’m gonna go be musical.