Dance Like No One Is Watching 7-9-2016

What to practice? Thinking about my upcoming 3 months. No studio. No work. This is a planned situation. I CAN have a temp studio but choose not to. I'll be spending my time reconnecting with my guitar. 3 months of solid practice. But what to practice? I am a bit lost, having done so much production work. Most of that time I held a mouse instead of a guitar. And doing guitar session work is rarely challenging. So back to my question: What to practice?
It is a question I get asked quite often as a guitar teacher. The answer is always different. But the guideline is always the same: What is your goal? My personal goal is to become a solo artist. A Guit-Artist, if you will. In my case, composition and Interpretation are the keys. To express yourself best, to find your own voice, to tell your story you must either compose your own music, or interpret other's compositions in your own style. Both will lead you to the answers to the question "What to practice?'
The songs will dictate your needs. Techniques necessary to execute the piece. Chords and reharmonization necessary to reinterpret. Rhythms and speed. Tonal Centers to map out improvisation. Yes. This is what is necessary for a successful and productive downtime.
Another thing I need to be honest with is what my music is and where it comes from. I am not going to try to reinvent the wheel. My roots are Chuck Berry, BB King, James Burton, Tony Mottola, Joe Pass, Larry Carlton, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Vai, Greg Howe.These are the main guys who made me love the guitar. I may have advanced through the years and sessions as guitarist, but I have stagnated as an artist. And especially as a Guit-Artist.
I think moving back to NY will be a great thing artistically. Connecticut has been pretty, but it's also pretty boring. For me. I need some noise to make some noise.
So, much of my next time will be reconnecting with me and the city and state I love. Then I'll reconnect with friends and fellow musicians. I expect more than a few drinks will be hoisted. I missed everyone these past 13 years. But I've neglected me for the past 30. Me first. I don't want to be influenced away from the journey ahead. My friends will understand.

4 comments

  • Dan

    Dan

    Well what to practice is good. I have been on vacation for a week had plans on playing practicing haven't touched my guitars once. Im ok with that. What to practice you ask? How about go to the roots of those who inspire you. Their inspiration. 20s 30s big band swing classical. Practice how you feel. Happy play some big band some swing. Kinda blue play some blues some pre B B king chuck berry stuff. It is proven that metal can motivate and stimulate creativity not anger. Jazz is always fun. Play to your emotions and let your fingers guide the way.

    Well what to practice is good. I have been on vacation for a week had plans on playing practicing haven't touched my guitars once. Im ok with that. What to practice you ask? How about go to the roots of those who inspire you. Their inspiration. 20s 30s big band swing classical. Practice how you feel. Happy play some big band some swing. Kinda blue play some blues some pre B B king chuck berry stuff. It is proven that metal can motivate and stimulate creativity not anger. Jazz is always fun. Play to your emotions and let your fingers guide the way.

  • Kevin R. Scholl

    Kevin R. Scholl

    Gr8 read Ron. Practice is something I desire to do daily... I want a routine, mix it up. You are very articulate with your thoughts and descriptions of ideas and theories. Always have dug your guitar playing/writing prowess ! Excited you and your bride get to move back to the state you love. Peace...Kevin

    Gr8 read Ron. Practice is something I desire to do daily... I want a routine, mix it up. You are very articulate with your thoughts and descriptions of ideas and theories. Always have dug your guitar playing/writing prowess ! Excited you and your bride get to move back to the state you love.

    Peace...Kevin

  • Tom

    Tom RI

    Good Luck in your quest Ron!

    Good Luck in your quest Ron!

  • mark grove

    mark grove london,Ontario Canada

    Hi Ron. Some good insight from you on what to practice and how to create your own material from improvising cover material your own way as a solo artist. I'd like to see more from you on the other side of that coin,being how to set up your rig as well,to develop the right tone. Much success to you back in New York Ron!

    Hi Ron. Some good insight from you on what to practice and how to create your own material from improvising cover material your own way as a solo artist. I'd like to see more from you on the other side of that coin,being how to set up your rig as well,to develop the right tone.

    Much success to you back in New York Ron!

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