I need some advice about practicing. Unfortunately I have only two hours for practice during weekdays, weekends is much better if I don’t work.
Normally I divide the time in 30 minutes intervals, where I usually first do 30 minutes of rhythm practice, and then 30 minutes of some exercises from Michaels Gypsy Picking (arpeggios and other stuff). After that I usually practice some licks that I transcribed, at the moment I am working on Gonzalos version of Djangology. So far I have only transcribed half of it. I am trying to get it under my fingers before I do the rest. Transcribing takes time so I think that I will do that on weekends only so I have more time to practice on weekdays. The last 20 minutes I try to do some improvising over different backing tracks. When practicing I almost always use a metronome.
I have played guitar (folk, rock, blues and heavy metal) since I was a kid and played in a lot of bands. I’m not a beginner and are consider to be a experienced guitarist by many musicians.
I started to play Gypsy Jazz a year ago and to be honest it sounds really crappy when I play. Especially when I try to improvise solos. Like a complete beginner. I don’t have any problems transcribing solos from other musicians and play them in songs, but I want to be able to improvise. I have always improvised solos in the bands that I played in before, but this GJ is really difficult.
My main goal in this music style is to be a solid rhythm player, and so far I have been concentrating my rhythm (read guitar) practicing almost exclusively on the straight pompe. But I also want to play solos as much as I want to be a solid rhythm player.
I feel that for the last three months or so that there have been very little, if any, progress in my guitar playing.
Is there something that I should change in my practice routines?
Answers are deeply appreciated.