Practice Guitar Properly And Stay Motivated

Mickey | Music | Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

It’s easy to make progress when you first start playing the guitar – it can seem like you come on by leaps and bounds every day. However, most people find that once the novelty has worn off, and their progress has slowed a little (as it inevitably does), it can be difficult to maintain that initial enthusiasm for playing the guitar. Fortunately however, a solid guitar practice regime will help you stay on track and keep your motivation up. Here are some guitar practice tips for getting the most from your time.

A good practice routine has a number of characteristics. For one thing, it’s consistent. This is obvious really, but you need to practice every day (perhaps with the occasional rest day, but most days should involve some guitar practice). It’s amazing how many people only pick up their guitar at the weekend, or a couple of times a week, and then wonder why they aren’t improving. It’s hard to stay motivated without seeing improvements, so practice daily.

You should also practice in a mindful manner, and really pay attention to what you’re doing. If you’re mentally ‘not there’ when practicing, you’ll probably just be ingraining bad habits and mistakes, and your playing will get worse not better. So slow down and make sure you play as well as you can at all times when practising.

It’s also important not to overdo things. Regular practice is vital, but sometimes your body may need a break, and ignoring its signals could lead to overuse injuries, which can be catastrophic for a musician. So if you’re feeling pain or discomfort, stop. And if this is a recurring problem, your basic technique could be flawed – in which case getting advice from a professional teacher will be invaluable.

Knowing exactly what to practice each day can be a problem, but if you follow a well-planned course of
lessons, such as with a private teacher, or by following a good online course like Jamorama, this won’t be an issue. Just make sure you do practice all the necessary exercises for each lesson, and don’t be tempted to skip the ‘boring’ bits in favour of playing riffs and melodies – if you do your progress will be limited.

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