I have been very structured with my practicing, i.e. I have a fixed routine of exercises, etc. I run through every day.
That usually leaves no time for writing/recording on week days, so I only work on writing and recording on weekends.
Lately I have been tailoring my practice routine a bit more towards my writing, by that I mean I would incorporate licks/riffs from my own songs into my practice routine, and use them as technical exercises, only difference being that they are actual licks that are part of say a solo that I'm writing and I want to record.
Why am I posting all of this? Well, I was just wondering how every body else approaches practicing/writing/recording.
I myself was wondering if my structured practicing might often get in the way of creativity, and if I should maybe just spend all my 'practicing' time on writing and recording and practice the songs/riffs/licks that are parts of my songs.
How do you guys approach this? What's your opinions?
For a long time I've written songs with a guitar in hand, but not always making the most playable of riffs. These aren't out of wanting to be intentionally difficult, just what I hear as what should come next. By practicing these riffs, I get better and then the next time I come up with something difficult, it takes less time to get it right.
There are some I have come up with which are still incredibly difficult, that I might not be able to play for a couple of years, or maybe never, but having them there means that I can try and get them to advance my playing. The same is true of my leads too, a bit harder than I can do without some work usually.
It makes my practice instantly applicable to the music I am playing, and also makes it a bit more "fun", rather than pure exercises.
I'm sure if I spent more time working on individual exercises, I could get better at some parts of my playing. I'm happy with where I am though, and any improvement is a bonus now.
That may not work for you, but it definitely works for me now.