If we want to become better guitar players, we must practice.
Here are some excellent “practice tips” that I have compiled over the years:
1.) Set aside a certain amount of practice time every day. At a minimum, it should be 20 minutes. Longer is better, if your day allows. 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening is another option.
2.) Select a location that will be comfortable and totally free from distractions. Turn the TV off and if possible (without offending anyone) ask others to not disturb you during practice time except for emergencies. You do not want to become a hermit, but you need to focus and stay focused on your practice efforts.
3.) Commit to practicing every day. Make it a part of your daily routine. If you miss a day, it’s not the end of the world. Just don’t miss the next day! Remember, the result of continued practice is that you will become a better player. Isn’t that what you really want?
4.) Choose specific things you will practice each week. Memorize a new chord shape, work on a new strumming pattern, develop faster chord changes, learn a new lick, etc…
5.) Use a metronome! A great guitar player with poor timing and rhythm is not a great guitar player. If you do not own a metronome, buy one! If you cannot buy one, then search Google.com for the words “Free Metronome”. There are many options available. No excuses!
6.) Record yourself playing the guitar. This is the best way to monitor your progress. You do not need to invest in elaborate recording equipment; you can use a simple little cassette tape recorder. Keep a history of tapes, at least one per month. Go back and listen to recordings from 6 months ago. Your improvement will inspire you to keep practicing as you realize how much better you have become!
7.) Take breaks. Never practice for over one hour without taking a break. Your fingers (and your mind) need a rest!
8.) Finally, end each practice by playing your favorite song. It does not matter if you play alone or play along with your favorite backing track. Just play… and smile… because you are getting better every day!
I came across this video on YouTube – “10 Tips From Joe Satriani“. I was very impressed with the variety of these tips and will be incorporating several of them into my daily practice routine.
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