Finding the Time to Practice Your Guitar

Put Your Game Plan To Work!

Now, once you figure out how to fit your practice into your life, you have to figure out what you are going to practice each day. Most of the time, the teacher will tell you what they want you to practice. However, if this is not the case, then feel free to work on your trouble spots first. Whether this is scales, chords, or chord progressions, start with where you have the most trouble. It is recommended to start easy then progress harder over time. For example: start with scales, chords, chord progressions, and then songs. Try not to do all of this in one practice, especially if you are a beginner but incorporate each into each practice as you take on harder aspects of guitar playing so as to refresh yourself constantly to keep it fresh in your mind. Naturally, you should start with scales until you master them, and then build up as you go. When you get to learning songs, it is best to start with an easy song and work on it constantly until you can play it with perfection.

Creating your new guitar practice schedule sounds like a daunting task, but with a little bit of time and effort you can create a schedule and a routine to suit your needs and aid in what you need to do to improve your guitar skills. Just remember to commit to your schedule and you should be playing like a pro in no time. It also helps to remember the time honored phrase… “Practice makes perfect.”

Corey Palmer is a guitarist from Woodstock, NB Canada who has been playing for the past 20 years.  During this time, he has been a member of many different bands ranging from rock, metal and even a little country.  He currently jams with a band called gNosh.

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  • 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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