Dave, I scrolled through some of the Old Dog threads and found this one from Kasper that I found very relavent to the practice routine I have fallen into.
Kasper does a better job expaining it so I am reposting the meat of his post:
When playing the guitar I think it’s important to be conscious about the fact that there are two “modes” - there is “practice mode” (scales, OMC, finger dexterity, theory, new chords etc etc)… and then there is “playing mode” … actually playing songs.
When you practice it’s about being precise and seeing measurable improvements. When you play it’s about making beautiful music and having fun. When playing it’s totally ok to be a little sloppy (although we should, of course, try to avoid it and play as best as we can)… but it’s better to play a full song from A to Z, making a small mistake or two, than not trying it at all.
So going back to that word “needlessly”; the way I see it… when you’re practicing there is not a sufficient need for you to try to go further. What would you gain? It’s easier to stay safe and just practice the same scales, same OMC etc.
But when you pick a song you love and that you really want to learn how to play (again, allowing yourself a little bit of slop, if necessary) then you really have to push yourself until you can play it from A to Z. And there is a result in the end - that you can perform a song for your wife (or just for yourself).
G’day Dave and welcome. I’m from Melbourne too and 59 so a bit of a late starter like you. I know exactly what you’re saying about the whole lockdown experience. We set the world record here. I started learning almost 4 months ago and am enjoining the structure of Justin’s course. It always seems to be at just the right pace and brings in new concepts just before I start to think I’m going a bit stale. I wish you smooth and fulfilling progress. Cheers, Dale
Thanks for the welcome Richard. I’ve “lurked” in the background for a while. I have seen that the community here are welcoming and always helpful, and with moderator/teachers, such as yourself, providing enjoyable incites into theory topics, this make the site special too.