Thoughts on Guitar Practice
In this lesson I will show you how to master the guitar in twenty minutes. Learn all the tricks , techniques and scales the pro’s use.
We have all seen the ads that claim to show you how to do this. Well here I am going to show you how to do it for free.
OK now for the truth.
You cant master the guitar in twenty minutes. To learn to play an instrument takes time, a lifetime in fact, there will always be something that you can do better. You will reach different levels of playing along the way but once you reach one level you will find there is a higher level to aim for.
The only way you will improve your playing is practice,and good quality practice. Speak to guitarists you admire, the guitarist in you favourite local band, your teacher, or read articles by your guitar heroes and you will find one common thread running between them. They all practiced, a lot.
Some thoughts on practicing.
You should practice as often as you can. Twenty minutes a day is better than two hours every Sunday. If you practice infrequently you may find that the improvement you made in your last session is gone by the next time you pick your guitar up.
Order Your Practice. Put together a routine with your teacher which focuses on the areas you want to improve on and sustains the areas you are currently happy with. If you practice nothing but sweep arpeggios for six months you may find the rest of your playing suffers.
Set Targets. By setting targets you can clearly see how much your playing is improving over time. Seeing your improvement provides good motivation for further practice.
Practice Slowly and Accurately. If you practice at a speed which is too high for you, you will end up making more mistakes and playing sloppily. In the long term you will succeed in becoming a very good sloppy guitarist who makes lots of mistakes.
So there you go. Master the guitar in twenty minutes….a day.