June 27, 2022

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Make Time to Practice Guitar


If you’re serious about improving your guitar playing, you need to make a dedicated time and place to practice on a regular basis. If that’s not possible, then there are other less obvious but equally important things we can do to help getting better. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to do this is to spend some time practicing in your own room.

Why Practice at Set Times?

Yes, it can be hard to practice guitar when you’re under time pressure. But if you want to improve your skills, that’s the way to go. Practicing at set times will help you get better at playing guitar and also make you more worthy of having a guitar sitting on your desk with a big sign above it saying  “I practice here every day.”

Where is the Best Place to Practice?

It’s one of those things that is either obvious or it isn’t. You can get better by practicing, by playing. If you’ve made a decision about where to practice, then the best place is the place you have to play. Practice is essential to developing any skill. It’s a good place to start. But if you are serious about getting better there are some significant advantages of practicing in your home or at least in a convenient location near your house. You can do it anywhere – not just near your house but anywhere you have access to a reasonable amount of space and the ability to connect your guitar directly into your computer (a simple USB cable). This means that your practice space must be pretty quiet and well ventilated (there are noise cancelling headphones which will help with that) and it must also be relatively easy to transport/transport around – so if you’re doing any sort of traveling you could use them as part of your practice kit. Practice time can also be dedicated to specific exercises (e.g., chords for playing different sections of songs), improvisation (e.g., using chords from the song “Sultry Sultry Song”) or jamming with other musicians (e.g., playing solo guitar parts from other songs).

A Word on Full Concentration

It is popular to suggest that, if you want to be a better guitar player, you need to practice more than you think. But it turns out that the best way for most people to get good at anything is to do it in short bursts of full concentration, rather than in long sessions of half focus. This is especially true of practicing on guitar. When I was a teenager I used an old technique called “full concentration” — basically doing the most boring thing you can imagine, then taking a break and focusing on something else until it became fun again. When I started playing guitar seriously I quickly realized that this method didn’t work for me. Even though I wasn’t getting anywhere — or even as far as some of my colleagues — when all I could think about was playing the damn thing and making music with it, I made a point of doing it anyway. In fact, this might have been the single biggest factor in improving my playing — because no matter how bad things were at the time, when I played and had fun doing so consistently enough to generally improve (sometimes by leaps and bounds), I got better.

If you’re serious about improving your guitar playing you should do what’s best for you and make sure that your mind is focused on what needs to be done at any given time — even if it’s just sitting there saying “I am so good at this.” Don’t spend all your time thinking about how much better you are at guitar than anybody else; focus instead on how much better your skill could get (and try not to think about how much more difficult things will get).

What Should I Practice?

In the world of consumer electronics, a lot of the focus seems to be on what you should buy. And when it comes to guitar, the focus is not necessarily on what you should buy, but on what you should practice. So many beginner guitarists start out by buying a cheap acoustic guitar and potting it with some strings and some tuning. This is a dead end and they quickly find themselves mired in frustration as they’re forced to play sloppily and feel terrible about it.

I have noticed that guitarists who have reached more advanced levels (say, long-time guitarists) tend to have an easier time getting into their practice routine because they spend a lot more time preparing for the next day’s lesson or gig than the ones who just play around with their current setup. So practicing at home can serve as an additional motivational tool for both players and teachers alike. The most important thing about practicing is that you need to stick with it every single day. A week here or there won’t do anything significant — if you’re serious about improving your playing, you need to make progress every single day if possible. That’s why I made this list: because I want everyone reading this post to start practicing seriously within one month of reading it!

Conclusion

Although there have been several studies on the subject, most of them have not shown any statistically significant results. This means that they cannot be used to support any claims that trying to improve your guitar playing will make you a better musician or performer. It’s a safe bet that our goal here is to get better, true, but all too often we forget about practicing and we put off the practice so we can get more done.

We can’t do this without setting aside a dedicated time for practicing and then we need to practice in a place where it is safe and convenient for us to do so. When you practice you should be able to play with minimal distractions such as background noise, you should be able to work out the most difficult parts of your songs without worrying about getting distracted by other people (or just being distracted by the idea of playing music). We also need to remember that practicing doesn’t mean just sitting in front of the guitar – there are lots of other things we can do too like practicing scales, learning songs or doing exercises while listening to music. So it’s not at all surprising that some people think practicing with your feet on a chair is good for improving your guitar playing; it certainly seems like an effective way of doing so! But there are risks involved: if you spend too much time doing this then your nervous system will get overactive – which in turn can make it harder for you to concentrate on what you’re doing!

And don’t forget that sitting down while playing will mean less time available for listening – unless you’re very good at listening… The bottom line is that if these practices seem useful then great, go ahead and try them out. Just don’t expect them to transform your life overnight. The truth is that new exercises are likely simply going to get your head moving again after a long break from them – especially if they involve having fun!