Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
The Wheel of Perfection
I just thought I'd share this with you guys, maybe its common knowledge, I don't know.
A classical performer name of Carlos Bonell has developed this system for advanced practicing called the Wheel of Perfection.
Basically you draw a circle, in the centre of which you place the attribute you are working on, say arpeggios, sweep picking, whammy bar antics, whatever.
Draw spokes out to the edges, at the end of each one place the following aspect of perfection:
Accuracy, Clarity, Slow/Fast, Dynamics (Cresc/Dim), Dynamics (Loud/Quiet), Tone, Accents, Voicing, Intonation, Staccato, Legato, Apoyando, Tirando, Mixing Apoyando & Tirando, Rythmic Precision, Co-ordination.
Now some of these are classical/fingerstyle terms you could make the following replacements for electrics:
Apoyando: RH anchored, or downstrokes, or upstrokes
Tirando: RH floating, or alternate picked
You then practice your exercises, solo piece, other person's tune, your own tune, particular technique - whatever - concentrating on each one of these aspects.
When you're done each one, you try to combine two, then 3, then four at a time, until each aspect can be applied to the attribute you are working on without thought.
It looks like a good system, I'm going to be using it to start preparing for a classical teaching diploma, if it helps anybody else out there in any way, great.
Hope its useful guys,