Finding the Time to Practice Your Guitar

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Manage Your Free Time

You are a young guitar student. You have a guitar, a teacher, and a date set for lessons. However, one thing has seemed to escape your thoughts… creating your guitar practice schedule. When should you practice? Between work, school, friends, and family… where is the time to practice? Thank goodness that with just a little planning and time management, you will have enough time to practice and enough time for all of your other tasks.

Cut Out The Clutter

The first step is to find out what’s cluttering your time. Sadly, you can’t cut out school. However, there are other factors which come into play (these include your friends, family, and down time). Once you identify all of these factors then you can start rearranging your schedule to incorporate it. Try reducing friend time by about thirty minutes or so and reduce time with family by the same or more and then you have at least an hour to practice. This doesn’t have to be a daily occurrence. However if you wish, you may put in practice time daily. It also may be helpful to form a five day schedule during the week, leaving the weekend free, or you can make a schedule incorporating every other day. Choose whatever form of practice schedule it is, as long as it makes you feel comfortable and works within your lifestyle. One thing that may offer a slight hindrance to your practice flow is a work schedule. If so, try your best to make a practice schedule work around the job.

  • Janice Carlin

    Finding time to practice is tough for us grownups, too. Family, job etc all make for time constraints. So, we all need to follow those suggestions when playing and practicing gets away from us.

    • Hi Janice, That’s a good point. I guess Corey was gearing the article towards kids just starting out, but everyone young, old, new or advanced could only improve by a structured practice schedule. I’m going to setup my calendar today!

  • Jamorama Guitar

    I agree. Ever since I started my first full-time job, my guitar skills have been waning. I didn’t realize how much I used to practice and I feel like I’m losing all my zest!

    • Amazing how regular practice makes all the difference. It doesn’t have to be two hours each day, just put in whatever you can… 20-30 minutes a day while watching TV or what not is enough to keep your fingers loose and your chops improving!

  • People in general always feel they have no time for anything. Some of my students week after week come into the lesson saying they had no time to practice. If you feel you have no time to practice, carry around a little pad of paper and log everything you do for a couple days. I asked one of my students to do this and by the next week they realised that they could probably cut back on the 2 hours a day watching TV. If you really want to get good at playing guitar – you will find time to practice. Even if it’s only 15 minutes a day.

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