How To Practice Guitar And Get Results
What’s the best way to practice guitar so that you can get the results you really want?
The truth? Well, there’s really only one way to do it (whether we like to admit it to ourselves or not):
By practicing sensibly.
Usually, the reason you aren’t moving forward in your playing is because a) you’re practicing wrong or b) you’re practicing the wrong stuff.
If A, you should find a really good teacher to help you figure out what you need to improve on. If B, you’ll want to try the method explained below.
Think about it: how often do you really spend practicing the hard stuff? The stuff that might not be too fun, but you know deep down inside that you NEED it if you’re going to get ahead in your playing. Even if you are practicing the hard stuff, how long do you spend time on it? Are you working at it on a consistent basis?
I’ve been looking for ways to improve my own playing and recently skimmed through a book titled, the 10 Minute Acoustic Guitar Workout. It sounds a little cheesy, I know, but it actually contained some pretty cool tips, this one being my favorite…
The next time you practice guitar, I want you to take out a notebook and jot down whatever problematic material you come across – whether it’s nailing trills, or that a certain song requires barre chords and you’re having a difficult time holding down those last two strings. Literally anything and everything you’re having trouble with no matter how small or big. No, this isn’t supposed to be a self-demoralizing list that makes you think you suck at guitar (just read a little more – this will help you, I promise ).
The fact is, most of the time, we don’t practice what’s really important. And what’s really important? Well, it will be different for every guitarist because every guitarist will have talent in some areas where others will lack. The important thing is that you figure out what you already know and what needs improving. If you spend all your time working on something you’re already pretty good at and little time on what you’re not, you aren’t likely to get far in your playing.
That’s where this list will really come in handy!
The whole point of the 10 minute guitar workout is to take 10 minutes of intense practice every day, only focusing on the areas of the guitar where you’re most lacking in ability. It gives you an easy way to incorporate all that hard stuff into your daily practice routine so that you can really start to get somewhere with your playing without making things boring.
Just remember to take things one at a time. If you have a long list of what you want to improve on, it may be hard to get a nice “workout” (too many things will lead to too little time to practice). Start with the first few most important items on your list and work your way down.
This is a really awesome practice method that can (and, if done right, WILL) work for anyone. To delve a little deeper into this 10 minute guitar workout idea and (if you’re looking for it) nice practice material, you may want to check out the 10 Minute Acoustic Guitar Workout by David Mead (many of these tips will also apply to the electric guitarist!).