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    I recently posted a number of videos on ideas for practicing more efficiently. I hope these help some folks get more out of the time they spend on the instrument.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISHvWO7rqKE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Auh6JwpTg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMtVAUz2FHw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvuu6ohbuB4
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    This is wonderful! Thanks Pete!

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    Pete,

    I wonder where you think playing with a metronome falls in the "practice" vs. "play" spectrum? Is it just practice or somewhere in the middle?

    A very nice video series and one that is motivating me to dial in my practice more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dadsaster View Post
    Pete,

    I wonder where you think playing with a metronome falls in the "practice" vs. "play" spectrum? Is it just practice or somewhere in the middle?
    I think it could be either, depending on
    1) is it just a sound to sync to (play)
    2) is it a tool to force myself to play more accurately, especially very slowly (practice).

    And there are plenty of areas in between...
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    Are there main topics you can list for each video?
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    This is helpful. Thanks for posting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Martin View Post
    I recently posted a number of videos on ideas for practicing more efficiently. I hope these help some folks get more out of the time they spend on the instrument.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISHvWO7rqKE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Auh6JwpTg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMtVAUz2FHw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvuu6ohbuB4
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    Great videos, Pete. I liked the challenge of thinking about short, medium, and long term goals. I set a short term goal of having 20 jammable songs, meaning songs that I can play an intro to, have two different breaks, I know the chords, and of course can play smoothly (I’m coming up on 3 years of playing). I have about around 10 at the moment, with other songs in various stages of developments. Now that I write that, maybe 15 is a more realistic goal.

    I have some ideas for medium term goals (adding some cross picking, being able to improvise occasionally in a jam..). I found the long term goals harder to think about — I feel like my ignorance starts to loom larger (you don’t know what you don’t know). I could only come up with being able to be capable of playing in a band, improvising regularly, trying a genre other than bluegrass....

    Anyone else have some goals you would share?

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    Pete,
    Many thanks for the videos. I've been floored by how well the 10 minute thing works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by johngdon View Post
    Anyone else have some goals you would share?
    A long term goal might be:

    Improvise comfortably in Sam Bush style
    Compete at the Winfield mandolin contest
    Learn enough Gypsy jazz to be solid at my local jam
    Be in a semi pro Bluegrass band
    Write and record my own music

    And etc.
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