Odd-Arne Oseberg wrote:I think it's more about how than what.
Keeping a log is always key. That way you easily see what you're working on and the connection with other stuff you do will be much more clear as well giving chart of progression that works over any length of time or daily effort. Is there a change in your playing?
There's also this strange thing where one sort of has to keep the same progression as a book suggests. When we've been playing a while we should be able to see the overlap and then augement or add to what we already do, not ivent the wheel.
However, it's sometimes nice to just choose something new and work on it. Having reached a certain level and wanting to focus on e.g. something purely technical can be a nice break a change of pace and something you now finally feel ready or motivated to do.
With SC you only have to 1-4 to see that there maybe could be a couple of lines more of doubles, right? That's just a start. After using that book for ages who cares what the initial intention was. Can things be adjusted to fit your current needs. Can it be used creatively? How does it connect sith other stuff you'r working on. Are there things not worth spending time on or should you spend more time on one exerccise than another even to the point of skiping some? Some manu books ae just different ways of doing the same thing.
Working through all of SC is one thing, but then the overlap for anyone with a bit of methodical experience is pretty big.
It's not the exercises that ae the problem, it's when it becomes mindless repetition one might wonder.
It takes just a little bit of creativity to make it work for other areas. To me it's especially useful to combine things and make longer pharses.
Techniquewise I really only work on things that don't flow which are aexosed when going through a whle page. I then isolate that. This way you also expose things that can be worked on at any time. It's about the mind as much as the hands disconnecting it from stick technique into something puely based on sound or coordination with just clapping and stomping etc. will generally have a positive effect.
I think this is probably in reply to a post I made in this thread but later deleted because I thought it veered too far off topic... which Pocket has kind of pointed out. I appreciate your comments though, they offer good insights and perspective.