From the “how to practice” topic:
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1 - Download Ben’s lesson sample MP3 and listen to the lesson until you feel you know it. The purpose of this step is to train your brain and your fingers to learn where the notes are on the neck just by hearing them. (Would you attempt to sing a song you’d only heard a few times?)
2 - Download the TEF file.
3 - Using the TEF file, highlight small sections of the song and memorize each section at a slow tempo (as slow as 20% of normal speed if you need to.) Keep repeating it until you can play it without looking at the tab.
4 - Highlight the next small section, repeat #3, then add those sections together.
5 - Reference Ben’s video if a section seems too difficult. The video will straighten out any fingering issues.
6 - Once all parts are memorized, use the TEF file to start speeding up the song. Once you can play the song through 3 times in a row without mistakes, up the speed 5 to 10%. Then work to play it perfectly 3 times in a row at the new speed. Continue to increase speed at least until you’re at the speed of Ben’s slowest MP3 jam track.
7 - Once you get it fast enough, download Ben’s jam tracks and play with them. They’re funner to play with than the TEF files. Also, if you use Audacity to play the MP3 files, you can speed up and slow down the jam tracks under the Effect menu using the Change Tempo function.
Remember to take plenty of small breaks during the learning process, especially if you feel yourself getting frustrated. You’ll be surprised how effective it can be to step away from the lesson even for a few minutes.