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Tutorial

The Mainstream Soloist

How to practice

Practicing and learning new No matter what sources you use to learn and no matter where you came from - classic, Berkeley-System or self-taught: There are biological laws that apply to our "brainhardware". Humans learn by repeating and their capacity for storing new information is limited. This generates consequences: 1. It is not very useful to learn/practice a little now and then and follow the motto "Oh my - now I again neglected practicing for so long - I'll do it for 5 hours today to compensate that". It is PROVED, that practicing 15 minutes on a regular basis is FAR more effective, than to add all the left-out times together and try to catch up on that on one day. This is because the brain is limited in it's ability to store the totally new. Just after a quarter of an hour the capacity for new learned facts is fading drastically. This is connected to the fact, that new experiences have to wander from short-time memory to the biological neuronal net. To build that up (the connections need time to grow physically/biologically to be effective) you need: food, sleep and time. This was a VERY simplified picture of the complex organic processes working together in bulding up the "memory". Persons who are practicing for years have a bonus in learning - learning can be trained. It is because their brains already gained many, deeply trampled-in beaten paths in their neuronal nets over the years. And these paths are "wired" with knowledge in the field that they are training. Therefore they can learn longer and more of what is already connected to their experiences. 2. All exercises for newly learned must be practiced in slow tempo. You will get faster later automatically. But when you have learned the wrong timing-phrasing and the wrong fingering from the start - then these errors are so deeply burned into your brain, that the effort to "edit" these errors by replacing them with the right behaviours is about 20 to 200 times higher, than if you had learned it correctly right from the beginning. 3. As I stated before: It is the goal of this tutorial to get the intuitive soloist! This ideal soloist is able to play everything that is drifting through his mind at once. To gain that, he learns every day something totally new in the course of his practicing schedule. This learning of the totally new takes only a short part of his time. After reaching that important goal - may it be boring and hard work - he improvises. Over EVERY source he can get his grip on! Learning objectives in short: - better practice short-time, but on a regular base, instead of practicing rarely and long-time - practice everything slowly first - but do it correctly right from the start - place a short, but fix part for the "duty" in your practicing schedule - freely improvise over any source you can get Training sources: - very suitable for practicing is every kind of Hip Hop from the many internet radios. Prefer the Afro-American Oldschool originals over contemporary attempts to reach the same quality - for practicing blues you take blues of course - also the oldest available original recordings - every kind of minimal beat, house etc - every kind of music in the genre that is your favourite and where you want to be good at - the music of the band where you are a member. For the latter I recommend to record all rehearsals. This way you have allways a good overview of the arrangements, you know what your mates play and you have self-controll over what you did and how it sounds in the band context.

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© All works and content under Creative Commons License BY NC ND

Tutorial

The Mainstream Soloist

How to practice

Practicing and learning new No matter what sources you use to learn and no matter where you came from - classic, Berkeley-System or self- taught: There are biological laws that apply to our "brainhardware". Humans learn by repeating and their capacity for storing new information is limited. This generates consequences: 1. It is not very useful to learn/practice a little now and then and follow the motto "Oh my - now I again neglected practicing for so long - I'll do it for 5 hours today to compensate that". It is PROVED, that practicing 15 minutes on a regular basis is FAR more effective, than to add all the left-out times together and try to catch up on that on one day. This is because the brain is limited in it's ability to store the totally new. Just after a quarter of an hour the capacity for new learned facts is fading drastically. This is connected to the fact, that new experiences have to wander from short-time memory to the biological neuronal net. To build that up (the connections need time to grow physically/biologically to be effective) you need: food, sleep and time. This was a VERY simplified picture of the complex organic processes working together in bulding up the "memory". Persons who are practicing for years have a bonus in learning - learning can be trained. It is because their brains already gained many, deeply trampled-in beaten paths in their neuronal nets over the years. And these paths are "wired" with knowledge in the field that they are training. Therefore they can learn longer and more of what is already connected to their experiences. 2. All exercises for newly learned must be practiced in slow tempo. You will get faster later automatically. But when you have learned the wrong timing-phrasing and the wrong fingering from the start - then these errors are so deeply burned into your brain, that the effort to "edit" these errors by replacing them with the right behaviours is about 20 to 200 times higher, than if you had learned it correctly right from the beginning. 3. As I stated before: It is the goal of this tutorial to get the intuitive soloist! This ideal soloist is able to play everything that is drifting through his mind at once. To gain that, he learns every day something totally new in the course of his practicing schedule. This learning of the totally new takes only a short part of his time. After reaching that important goal - may it be boring and hard work - he improvises. Over EVERY source he can get his grip on! Learning objectives in short: - better practice short-time, but on a regular base, instead of practicing rarely and long- time - practice everything slowly first - but do it correctly right from the start - place a short, but fix part for the "duty" in your practicing schedule - freely improvise over any source you can get Training sources: - very suitable for practicing is every kind of Hip Hop from the many internet radios. Prefer the Afro-American Oldschool originals over contemporary attempts to reach the same quality - for practicing blues you take blues of course - also the oldest available original recordings - every kind of minimal beat, house etc - every kind of music in the genre that is your favourite and where you want to be good at - the music of the band where you are a member. For the latter I recommend to record all rehearsals. This way you have allways a good overview of the arrangements, you know what your mates play and you have self-controll over what you did and how it sounds in the band context.

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