When mastering a musical instrument, the amount of things to learn can be overwhelming:

  • Ear Training
  • Theory and applications
  • Transcribing
  • Sight Reading
  • Improvisation
  • Technique

I understand that such routine should be in constant change, but I don't exactly know what to emphasize.

I play the electric guitar and my goal is to become an able jazz improviser and session musician.

Is it possible to plan a good routine - considering long-term evolution and based on available time - to effectively narrow it down to a realistic learning plan?

closed as too broad by Dave, Tim, Doktor Mayhem Mar 2 '15 at 10:16

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    It might be difficult to provide a reasonable length answer to your question. Learning technique alone is one aspect. Learning applied theory is something different. Sight reading and improvisation are also two different subjects in their own right. Perhaps you could re-word the question to limit the answer's to one specific area or create a separate question for each. – Rockin Cowboy Mar 2 '15 at 6:23
  • Get a competent teacher whom you like. Tell the teacher what you find important. Practice every day if possible. As soon as you can join a group and play together. Oh, and practice. – RedSonja Mar 2 '15 at 8:40
  • Costagero - if you have a look at all the questions here on learning or technique you will gain an appreciation for how broad this topic is. – Doktor Mayhem Mar 2 '15 at 10:16
  • I can see why my question was broad. I was actually trying to narrow all this down to a realistic practice routine. I reworded the original question so it focus the practice planning itself and not it's subjects. – Costagero Mar 2 '15 at 15:52
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    @Costagero Your edits are good but you don't really explain what your goal is. What do you want to do with your instrument. Do you want to play in an orchestra, play professionally, play for your own enjoyment, compose music on your instrument. What do you want to be able to accomplish? And can we narrow it down to one type instrument as the action plan could vary with each type instrument. – Rockin Cowboy Mar 2 '15 at 17:09

The only way to constantly improve is to spend time with musicians with skills at a level higher than yourself (unless you are a prodigy) because any source can only teach you so much. The most reliable way to do this is with a teacher. When you feel like you are not learning you need to move to something / someone else.

Basically, your requirements and needs will change over time.

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