Hello there, first time poster here, I'm just a bedroom musician, listens to Old School Heavy/ThrashMetal, Blues and dabbling on Jazz occasionally...pretty isolated here and nobody to jam or study with obviously. I'm just wondering if you guys can give some advice regarding the most efficient ''how-to'' practice regime, with my current state, I feel like I'm progressing slowly and oftentimes finding myself in a rut, been playing for 7 years now btw
Anyways...here's what I do...2-3 hours a Day...I mainly improvise
1. Find something interesting on YouTube
2. Warm-up for 15 min. (chromatic staccatto/legato runs, riffs etc)
3. Jam-Along with a backing track (Ballad , Jazz or Rock using a Major/Minor scale) I purposely avoid the Blues or any Pentatonic based solos because I already grew tired of it.
4. Study a guitar solo or phrasing, from a lesson or from my fav guitar player...break it down, then come up with my own.
5. Once I feel comfy...I record my sessions (every once in a while) using my phone
6. Rinse and Repeat
Although majority of what I study I can execute it fairly decently, I feel something's lacking and I feel less fulfilled most of the time..Is it because I have NO foundation for theory? OR Should I hire an online teacher for a theory course? Although I already tried reading/watching theory courses, I COULD NOT understand a thing .... Please let me know if this'll widen my musical perspective immensely, thanks.
I'm pretty sure you've already got a better practice regimen than 95% of people here, myself included.
If you feel you're stuck in a rut, learning some theory may help you in composition type stuff as you learn about various progressions and formulas for composing. I also find trying to rearrange tracks into a different style can be helpful too. Like learning How High The Moon and arranging it for a thrash version, or the Flintstones theme in an early 90s goth metal variation. Just completely crazy things that help you to better understand what makes these genres what they are and the hallmarks that define them.