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    30 Pushups and Squats, three times a week.

    Seriously, I've been playing 40 years, and I still play exercises, based on what I think I need work on at the time.

    Right now, I'm doing the warmup exercises from Scott Tennant's "Pumping Nylon", but on an archtop acoustic with a pick, not classical.

    And I found an Allen Hanlon book of Kreutzer Violin Studies for guitar - I'm working on #3. It's great for moving around the neck and there's actually some potential for lines based on the patterns.

    I'm doing both of these daily right now.

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    With the exception of a few rare musicians, technique is an ongoing pursuit in a serious musicians life. Maestro Segovia was known to practice 5 hours a day while in his 80's. Coltrane was known to practice and gig all day, every day. Do you think they knew something? Here's a great list of practice tips by Wynton Marsalis. Good playing . . . Marinero


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    Tennant's book is a gem.

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    For disciplined 8th note studies (which I'm very remiss about doing, but I'm making myself now), and to master the fingerboard in a practical jazz-usage way I love Barry Galbraith's Fingerboard Workbook. It's not boring like scale/arpeggio drills, but incorporates them in common jazz phrases, and it's all 8th notes, so good for your chops.

    When I studied with Barry, ca '81-82, I wanted something to help my right hand. He had an interesting comment: he was getting feedback that it helped the left hand. I can see why: there's a lot of 1st and 4th finger shifting, and you can take the studies in many positions.

    I'm also interested in his Bach 2-part Inventions that he arranged in guitar-friendly keys.

    The publisher years ago was Weybridge. I'm sure they're in print, probably with a different publisher...