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Having Discipline In Blues Guitar Practicing

Apr 26, 2008
Any professional blues guitarist will tell you this: Discipline is very crucial when it comes to practising the guitar. Learning to play the guitar is one of the most gratifying things I have ever done in my life but it was also one of the most difficult. The reason is that I became adept with my instrument is simple. I practised! Not only did I practise, I practiced a great deal; every day in my bedroom.

I spent nearly all of my time practicing the fundamentals initially. Affairs like running up and down scales, switching between chords and trying to improve my repertoire of songs. Occasionally it was easy to make time to practise because I was in a good mood and I genuinely wanted to play. At those times I could spend hours just listening to how cool it sounded when I shifted from the chord D to the chord G.

But on other days, when my mood wasn't so good, it was my discipline and desire to play and improve that made me practise and develop as a blues guitar player. There are two main factors when it comes to discipline in practice. They are practicing regularly, and practicing well. Both of these are important points.

Practicing regularly is the most obvious and easy thing to do. Basically, you should play the guitar every day. These don't need to be mammoth, three hour long sessions, 30 minutes will generally be fine if you are focused during that time. Doing regular, small amounts of practice throughout the week is far better than doing one or two long sessions.

I know that in a busy life it can be hard to make the time to practise but to be honest, 30 minutes a day is accomplishable for anyone. There is no set time that is best for practice but I choose to do it in the evening simply because I find that playing the guitar is a great and relaxing way to wind down after a hectic and long day.

Practicing well is a much harder thing to do and there are many reasons why this is the case. Before I go on, I just want to say that bad practice affects even the most experienced players but it can be overcome with some help.
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