Albert

What to practice: Au Clair de la Lune, and dexterity exercises.

Recommended practice time: 10 minutes daily

Tips for effective practice: Warm up with the dexterity exercises first (1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4, etc…), as well as by turning on the metronome to pick along to, aiming to sync as accurately as you can playing 1, 2, 3, or 4 notes per click. Once you’ve warmed up aim to transfer that smoothness into the songs at hand!

Eliana

What to practice: Symphony of Destruction, the Trooper, and Dexterity exercises.

Recommended practice time: 15 minutes daily

Tips for effective practice: Warm up with both the dexterity exercises and The Trooper. Once those are feeling good, start tackling Symphony of Destruction, breaking it up into verses and dissecting as needed with a focus on good tone and rhythm first and foremost!

Aarnav

What to practice: Page 17 chords, and Tom Dooley.

Recommended practice time: 10 minutes daily

Tips for effective practice: Start by playing the chords in their simple form as shown in the diagrams (1 finger each chord), and once those are coming out well challenge yourself to play the full version. Take it slow with a focus on minimal time switching between chords – look for patterns and similarities in the chord shapes to help!

Aarna

What to practice: Worried Man Blues

Recommended practice time: 10 minutes daily

Tips for effective practice: Check your dropbox folder for an updated blank version of the tune which you can fill out yourself! Write in the notes as needed and go ahead like always, just be sure to start on the right note (pickup bar)!

Simon

What to practice: Black Dog, Trooper, No Bullets Fly

Recommended practice time: 15 minutes daily

Tips for effective practice: Warm up with the songs you’re familiar with: Black Dog and Trooper. Try playing along with the recordings with a focus on emulating it as closely as possible. It may still be necessary to chunk the Trooper a bit as it’s still pretty new, so do so as necessary. Otherwise, start tackling the Sabaton tune, perhaps starting by really digging into the rhythm (maybe even without a guitar in hand), and then start tackling the melody bar by bar.

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