Is 1 hour of guitar practice enough?

Not if you’re a drummer. In fact, 1 hour of guitar practice is a bit excessive for a drummer. That extra hour is what you’d spend on practicing, on playing, on practicing something that you know how to do. If you wanted to play for one hour, that’s about 1 ½ hours practice!

You’d spend more time on that than getting something that’s not a major part of your practice routine.

So I do recommend that you spend a little time on learning scales. For instance, I have some tips for this on “Slick Guitar Scale Reading” [3].


For a beginner, it’s good to spend a few hours on understanding what scale patterns work in the key of C or D and what the minor or major chords are in the key. Once you know the theory, you can learn to play over any key of C or even D.

One more useful tip is that you need to really be listening and practicing what you’re doing while doing the scales. That is, don’t just play the scales from memory, look at scales in context and find out what works best in an overplayed key.

If you want to learn scales, there is only one good place to start. Look at how scales are used for each fret and get some idea of how to use scales.
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The other thing you need to get into now is playing simple chords. For instance, I play three chords and one root chord. For those, what do you play first?

Chords

Let’s take a look at some common chords and explain where they come from.

The I chord

The I chord is built just on one note and is a “rootless” chord. One note can play three notes.

When you play an I chord on the fingerboard, you basically play the root. This makes it the simplest chord in the key you play in. The other common types of I chord include:

Ionian

Locrian

Dorian

Dorian I

Ionic I.

It’s very easy in this chord to make a chord sound and use two strings. Most common Ionic I chord are:

Ionian Minor

Dorian I

C major or dominant 7th chord.

For this reason, it’s easy to add a third string if in doubt. It’s all about using rootless, and playing the simple chords first in the key