Effective Practice Habits For Adults (Guitar Lesson)


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David Isaacs

Effective Practice Habits For Adults

Dave lays out his life long experiences related to practicing and guitar. If you have limited time to practice and want to get the most out of your time, you need to watch this lesson.

Taught by David Isaacs in Effortless Guitar seriesLength: 8:30Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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pete81pete81 replied on September 26th, 2015

Wow, yes what a great lick in the example. I'd sure add a vote to see that in some form, even a more complete or longer example. Thanks for the guide on practicing. I get up early, so my focused time is when I have to get up. Having that precious early 3:30 to 4am practice time really helps me get through the day sometimes. No matter what happens, at least I've gotten in my selfish, quality practice time. Thanks again.

Gee27Gee27 replied on September 27th, 2015

See how inspired we all are - it's so great!

karolkakarolka replied on September 23rd, 2015

Thank you. I'll be back.

Gee27Gee27 replied on September 23rd, 2015

Very sound advice, thank you. Is there music or tab for the example you were using? It's beautiful and I'd love to learn it!

Don.SDon.S replied on March 24th, 2015

Great series. I enjoyed David's well thought out, progressive manner of teaching.

Lilac LionLilac Lion replied on February 4th, 2015

Really helpful series. Thanks.

jfdpdxjfdpdx replied on February 6th, 2014

Very thoughtful lesson set. Is there a tab somewhere for the last chord progression in lesson 11?

orangeloverorangelover replied on November 7th, 2013

Excellent lesson. Super useful info for an intermedite player.

hansghansg replied on February 24th, 2013

excellent lesson set -- I thought it was extremely useful, after already playing the guitar for more than two years. The style is focused, realistic, informative and hugely instructive... Agree, having that great lick might be nice!

gharringtongharrington replied on November 7th, 2012

Splendid series. Tight clear focused. Efficient. Economic. Lesson5 is one of those aha lessons like nick's CAGED lesson

hp33hp33 replied on October 29th, 2012

Great lesson Series David. Thank you for this vital advice - worth the whole jamplay subscription rate right here and more. Aim directed focus is a key for life.

bob rinshedbob rinshed replied on July 28th, 2012

Great lesson from an excellent teacher.

MikeSmithMikeSmith replied on June 26th, 2012

great lesson, definitely useful for us older guys. Any chance that lick could be added to the lick library or we can get some tabs in the sup for it?

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied on June 26th, 2012

http://ideas.time.com/2012/01/25/the-myth-of-practice-makes-perfect/ might be of interest just to reinforce David's excellent advice.

mangomango replied on June 26th, 2012

Thank you that was very useful! - I have indeed been struggling continuously with one little part and this gives me an approach to getting it.

Effortless Guitar

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Effortless Guitar With Dave Isaacs.



Lesson 1

Effortless Guitar Primer

JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with a focus on efficiency of motion.

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Left Hand Technique

Dave Isaacs takes a look at left hand technique with this lesson. He explains how the hand works with the neck and fretboard and corrects some common mistakes most beginners and intermediate level players...

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Flat Picking Technique

In this lesson, David Isaacs explains the mechanics of picking with a flat pick. He shows the differences between using your arm and wrist for the picking motion.

Length: 9:39 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Drummer In Your Right Hand

Dave Isaacs teaches right hand rhythms with this lesson for solo acoustic guitar. He explains that when playing by yourself you need to make up for the lack of other instruments by spicing up your right...

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Building Chords From Scales

Dave teaches you how to open up the fretboard by learning chords built from scales. In this lesson and most lessons in his series, Dave assumes that the student knows the major and minor scales as well...

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Economical Chord Changes

Building upon his last lesson, Dave shows you some ways to change between chords efficiently. This lesson is aimed at self-taught intermediate players but may benefit beginners as well.

Length: 7:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Barre Chords

Dave Isaacs continues his lessons on chord technique with this lesson on barre chords (also known as bar chords). In this lesson he shows simple but effective ways to play barre chords efficiently. He...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions

Dave shows you how to connect a chord together in a progression even if it is not in the same diatonic key of the progression. In this lesson Dave assumes you have some basic knowledge of scale and chord...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Fingerstyle Technique

David Isaacs explores the intricacies of fingerstyle picking and the different methods that can be used. He explains how your right hand works while fingerpicking and how to find what works for you.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Adding Melody To Your Arpeggio Patterns

Dave Isaacs shows you how to add melody lines to your fingerstyle arpeggio progressions. As with all his lessons in this series a certain amount of knowledge is assumed and Dave focuses on helping you...

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Effective Practice Habits For Adults

Dave lays out his life long experiences related to practicing and guitar. If you have limited time to practice and want to get the most out of your time, you need to watch this lesson.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About David Isaacs View Full Biography Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

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