It’s not a secret at all – practice is the only thing that will make you close to being perfect in whatever you plan on doing and learning, the guitar is not an exemption to that. If you really are serious in wanting to become a guitar genius, or a guitar god then the secret to help get you there faster is practice.
One main problem though, not all have the patience to really practice hard and when they do, they aren’t doing it right because they either lack focus, or they aren’t putting their mind and heart to it. Practicing the guitar isn’t really that fun at all, if you ask me. That’s really one big reason for not being able to reach our goals fast enough, more than what we ever dream it could be.
So I’ve come with these important tips so that you can really get the most out of your practice time, no matter how teeny tiny it is.
1. Consistency is the key. Make practicing the guitar a routine if you want to master this in no time. If you just sit and wait there until you have the free time to practice, mastering the guitar will be a thing of the past in no time. What you could do is to set aside 10 to 15 minutes every single day just to practice guitar. You have to really be disciplined to follow your designated time and you will soon realize that this will become a very good habit. What I personally recommend is early morning, or in the evening, like before going to bed. That was my routine when I was starting out – and I tell you what, it really worked.
2. Focus. Focus. Focus. Once you have set aside a time to practice, make sure you have undivided attention when you do. Distractions not only prolong the learning process, but it really is a big waste of time. Spending 5 minutes of seriously focusing on practicing the guitar is a whole lot better than an hour of just “playing around” the guitar while watching TV or doing chit chat with friends. Focus and give your full attention to it.
3. Create a “practice space”. A small, private space somewhere around your room will do. It should be nothing fancy, just a simple, private nook where you could prop up yourself and your guitar and start practicing. A simple, quiet place, away from other distractions like the computer, the TV and the fridge (just kidding) will definitely do.
4. Make your practice routine as easy as possible. Making things as easy as possible will really help you out. Your practice space should be very conducive for learning. One thing that is really effective in making it really easy to practice is to forget the guitar case! Leave your guitar in the guitar stand in your practice space and your materials open so that every time you pass by, you’ll be surprised how really effortless it is to practice. It will even seem that guitar will “call” you. Trust me, this really works.
5. Keep your motivations coming. If gasoline is what makes engines do their job, then motivation is your gasoline to completing your goals. Always think of the things that makes you want to play the guitar in the first place. Things are a lot easier and you learn faster if you really like what you are doing and if you have goals to achieve in mind.
So there you have it! Those simple, but very effective tips will really help a lot in making the most of your practice time. Don’t forget, enjoy what you are doing!