This is inspired a bit by the On revision in creativity thread that I just saw from a recent bump.
A few months ago I made a conscious decision to devote a lot more energy towards making music: practicing (guitar, monome, singing, keys) writing, composing…
In this process, I’ve also been thinking a lot about what and how to practice. With the traditional instruments, there is some convention: scales, arpeggios, chord changes, and maybe some repertoire run-throughs. With the music I’ve been making, I’ve found that practicing singing and guitar individually is important, but only gets me so far. In many ways, it’s more helpful to practice with the whole rig (which right now is just Block Party with a footswitch, and some level and pan mixing), since the grid components are newer to me than the guitar and singing. I’m also about to start practicing with a metronome, even though the music I’ve been making is extremely loose rhythmically.
I haven’t come to a clear understanding of what the grid equivalents of practicing scales and chord sequences are for me yet, but I also still feel like the full run through is providing enough in the way of development that I haven’t gotten into breaking down components to practice individually.
How do you approach practicing? What are your etudes, sketches, scales, and warm ups? How do you focus on and refine techniques?
Do you draw a line between a practice and a jam session? And if you work with improvisation, do you draw a line between a jam session and a finished recording? Or between a practice session and a recording session?