Finger Workout User Guide

Finger Workout™ User Guide

Track your Progress



Keeping Track of Your Progress

In this page, we'll run through the tools provided to you so you can track your progress in the Finger Workout™ program. As before, I'll show you a few screen shots to demonstrate what is available to you. Also, when I say "record a practice session," I am referring to filling out a little form that will remember that particular practice session in the database for future reference.

It's very simple. You just indicate how long your session was (in minutes), what the average beats-per-minute was, and rate yourself from 1-10. 10 meaning you played the exercise flawlessly, and 1 meaning you found it extremely difficult to impossible. It is very important when rating yourself to be honest and consistent so that your results are accurate and useful. The form looks like this...

Screen Shot - Practices session logging form

Simple enough right? You might be thinking it's silly, or not worth the hassle to rate yourself like this after each session. Well, it only takes a few seconds literally to complete the form. And you should bet your bottom dollar that it IS worthwhile to track your workout sessions because of what follows...


The Results

Over time, your session logs will build up and formulate patterns that you can review to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie. That is HUGE when you are struggling to improve as a player. There might be some things you do well... that's all fine and dandy. But what mechanics do you have trouble with? Those are the mechanics that need the most attention for you to make the biggest strides! The tools provided to you (should you decide to use them) will reveal exactly what your weak points are. All of your sessions logged are averaged out, to calculate your tendencies and trends, so you can have visual graphs illustrating exactly how you are progressing and what you need to work on. Have a look at these. This is the left column of the "My Progress" page. It's broken into 2 images because the column is long.

Progress 1 Progress 2 (cont.)
Screen Shot - Progress Results Left Column (part 1) Screen Shot - Progress Results Left Column (part 2)

Great, so what does that gain me?

It gains you a lot my friend because - and this is the beauty of the whole Finger Workout™ Program - you can now go back and pick out exercises that specifically address your more difficult mechanics and attack those weak spots! Get over those hurdles and watch your overall playing grow in leaps and bounds! (Filtering the database to find exercises for specific mechanics and skill levels was covered in the "About the Exercises" chapter of this guide.)

In the example given, I can clearly see that my overall weakest mechanic is Lateral. Armed with this knowledge, I can now go and seek out lateral exercises to improve in this area.


Time-Based Progress

Progress tracking does not end with the overviews shown above. The right column has tools to view your progress over time, and actually see how your improvement is coming along in a particular mechanic, skill level, or even on a single exercise. Here's a few more screen shots. The first one is a graph of all longitudinal exercises over the past 2 months. (I could have further narrowed the search by skill level). The second shot is a graph of progress over the past 2 months of exercise 1002 in particular. (Note: obviously this option is only available for exercises that you have logged multiple times). The 2 month time span is just a random example. You can choose your own time spans for whatever you want to see. The time-based progress tool is very flexible.

Time-based Progress Time-based Progress by Exercise
Screen Shot - Progress Results - Time Based by Mechanic Screen Shot - Progress Results - Time Based by Exercise

Summary

As with all the Members' tools, this is certainly not something that is a requirement in order to gain tremendous benefits from these exercises... but the tools are there, they are easy to use, and they help you become a better player by locating your weak spots for you. So I highly recommend that you track your progress. Doing so will put you on the fast track to getting results and growing as a musician.

This is a training technique that you cannot get from a book or a teacher or a private lesson. And yet, it involves nothing more than taking 2 seconds to keep track of your practice sessions. The rest of it is done for you automatically... and all you need to do to reap the rewards is make a few mouse clicks!



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