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Guitar Lesson: Is It Necessary To Practice?

Apr 12, 2008
Have you ever wondered why you practice on your guitar? Is it really that important to practice? Let us take a look at your practice time!

When I started to play guitar I usually had my guitar laying on my bed so I saw it as soon as I entered my room. This made it impossible to forget playing guitar. Actually I liked it so I often took time to play short moments between other activities or when I got really inspired maybe playing for hours.

Maybe this can not be defined as actual practice time. I just played around but anyway I developed as a guitarist. Later on my guitar playing endeavors became more serious and I practiced with more concentration and purposefulness.

Let us talk about the more dreaded organized guitar practicing time!

I guess most people have experienced that they get better if they practice. You shape the physical facilities helping you to play the music you like. You can also develop your mental, emotional and spiritual capabilities depending on the way you practice.

But if you lack self-discipline?

Self-discipline is defined as the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you want it or not. It is something you can develop but there is one requisite. You must want to develop it.

Before you actually can develop self-discipline you have to set some goals. This is not so complicated actually. It is for example the act of thinking about why you are playing guitar, what you want to become as a guitarist and writing this done. When the wishes of your heart has become goals by being written down you can exercise self-discipline enough to accomplish the tasks that leads to your goal.

This long-term goal is a great help for you to find out what you should practice on right now. The things to practice on a weekly or daily basis are often referred to as you short-term goals. If you base you short-term goals on your long-term goals you will always have the confidence that you practice the things you have decided are most important to you.

Actually there are many guitar pupils who practice while they are doing other things like watching TV, eating, talking to people, etc. Maybe this type of practice is more like playing things you have learned already.

Your actual practice time will help you learn completely new things in the most favorable setting. This means for example:

1. A place without distractions. No sounds, TV or other things that can tempt your self-discipline.

2. A place with enough light to help you read sheet music, tablature or other things you are to practice.

3. A place with the necessary equipment. Of course your guitar and music books, music stand, paper and pencil, manuscript paper and most important, your written out long-term goals and short-term goals.

There are many things you probably wish and need to practice on a daily basis like improvising, scales, arpeggios, sight reading, composing and more. If you create a routine for the things you want to practice every day you will not have to worry over what to practice.

When your routine has become a habit you will find it much easier and enjoyable to practice. As you keep working on the same exercises over an extended period of time you will also be able to see progress and become more motivated.

I would like to testify that working with concentration on things you need to practice is a very enjoyable experience. It consists of the satisfaction of knowing that you are working at the best of your ability on things you like the most and seeing that you are actually on the way towards your goal.
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Peter Edvinsson invites you to download your free guitar sheet music at http://www.capotastomusic.com
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