5 Things You Should Do When You Practice Guitar
1: You need to have a goal when you practice guitar.
Get a song, a guitar hero, even a riff… and work towards mastering it. It helps with the repetition aspect of practicing. It also trains your ear. You compare what you’re playing to what you’re trying to replicate. But don’t expect to sound like Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton immediately. That’s a mistake and will kill your motivation. You’re in it for the long run.
2: Make a commitment and be consistent.
Look, you need to practice at least 15 minutes per day. It doesn’t have to be all at once. Eventually you should WANT to practice longer each day. This happens when you follow step 1. Oh and avoid marathon sessions. They’re actually counter productive.
3: Structure your practice.
Start each practice session on a positive note. Then review what you’ve previously worked on. Next, move on to deliberate practice. This is where you work on your weaknesses. Try to always learn something new with every session. This will prevent you from hitting a plateau. And then finish on a positive note. Play your favorite riffs and songs for a few minutes.
(NOTE: Need ideas for making your practice sessions fun? Click here to read “5 awesome ways to make your practice sessions fun”)
4: Repetition is your friend.
Again, make sure to practice your weaknesses more than your strengths. If you can play 90% of a solo or song up to speed. Focus on the 10% that gives you trouble. Make it a loop, start slow on the metronome and build it up to speed. It sounds simple but most people don’t do this! That’s not you right?
5: Review yourself honestly.
Record yourself playing a piece that you’re working on. Then sit the guitar down and listen critically to what you are doing. It might sound like too much to bother with but do it. You’ll be amazed at how you can hear things when you aren’t focused on playing. This is a must for any diy guitar player.