Daily Musician's Resources

Updated: Sep 21, 2021


Different tools to help with guitar practice. Resources for Musicians.
Guitar Practice Resources

Introduction

In this article we will cover vital resources for musicians in the practice room. These are a culmination of tools I have accrued throughout the years, and I want to spend a bit of time digging deeper into why I use them and their significance in the long-term. Split into 3 categories, we have tools for: Overall Practicing, Repertoire, and Soloing. While this is a fairly combo (guitar, bass, piano) heavy list, I have included some resources for woodwind, brass, and orchestral instruments as well!




Practice Room:

  • Metronome - You will not always be playing alone, using this develops your timing and shows maturity as a musician (you thinking you’re in time does not always equate to you actually being in time.

  • Free Phone Apps / Or for higher quality and volume you can buy the real thing.

  • Youtube: “Drum Backing Track 60bpm”

  • Adjust the number to the speed you want, this is a good alternative to a metronome.

  • The Amazing Slow Downer (Lite) App- Allows you to slow down a song without distorting the pitch, great for really capturing every note / rhythm.

  • There is a paid and free version of the app (highly worth the investment if you’re serious about your instrument)

  • Modacity App (Apple Only) - The most organized practice scheduler I’ve ever encountered. Allows you to schedule a very detailed practice session and even organize them while taking notes and more!! Highly Recommended.




Repertoire (Songs):

  • Ultimate Guitar - This is a classic, and I have found the Pro version an incredible asset as both an Instructor and Gigging Musician.

  • Songsterr - Use on computer so it is free, while their library is limited, it does allow you to play along with the song, helps with timing.

  • Musescore - Great for finding arrangements for Woodwind, Brass, and Orchestral instruments.

  • Youtube: “Song Name Guitar Only” - This will cut out the vocals, drums, and other instruments from the track so you can really dial your ear on the guitar part.




Soloing:

  • Youtube: “Genre Backing Track” - This will give a generic groove set in whichever genre you choose, and in some cases will provide a picture of the scales to be used over the chord changes.

  • Incredibly useful for exploring new ideas and working on your rhythm.

  • All-Guitar-Chords.Com - From scales, to chords, and many things in-between, this site is incredible for diving into music theory on your guitar and mapping out the fretboard.



Parting Advice:

  • When practicing, go a mile deep not a mile wide; small focused practice sessions will provide more progress than running over everything twice.

  • Pick 1 thing to learn that involves theory (a scale, triads, new chords or voicings), then Pick 1 song that you can implement the above thing on. This will help better internalize the new information and make it more fun!!

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