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Getting The Most From Your Guitar Practice Sessions

Aug 17, 2007
Playing the guitar is probably one of the great hobbies anyone can have. There is something to be said about picking up the guitar and letting the music lead you. If you intend to make a career out of or grow as a guitarist, practice is essential. You have heard the saying practice makes perfect. Well, it applies in all areas of your life, even your hobbies.

Here we will show you just how beneficial guitar practice can be, just what you can hope to gain, and how you should organize your practice sessions in order to experience a successful practice session that will help you grow as a guitarist.

The Importance of Practice

Practice, in any area of your life, is extremely important. You cannot hope to grow, excel, or better yourself without routine practice. Practice can help you fine tune and advance in your areas of strength, as well as improve on your areas of weakness.

When you pick up the guitar and decide to start learning how to play you have goals. These goals could be anything from just learning to play because of your love of music, a hobby, or even something more advanced in life, such as one day become a member of a band, recording music, or writing music for others.

The only way to excel in your choice is to practice, practice, and practice some more. Even advanced guitar players need routine practice sessions. Just because they are at a higher level of experience, does not mean that they do not have to practice routinely and fine-tune their art of playing.

Approaching Practice with the Right Mindset

When it comes time to practice on your guitar, it is important to have the right mindset. Your mindset can either make or break your practice session.

First, remember why you are practicing. Remember your love of music and the enjoyment you get out of your guitar. If you look at your practice sessions as if they are a chore or a job, you definitely will not gain the most insight out of the session.

Secondly, remember that you are not perfect. You will make mistakes on your journey to perfecting your guitar sessions. Mistakes are what makes us human. Do not dwell on one mistake, simply work to correct it or move on and come back to it after a while. Do not beat yourself up over the mistake.

Try to clear your head of all the day's worries. What happened at work or in class today should not be on your mind, preventing you from really making the best out of your practice sessions.

Understand your goals for this practice session. Before you start, realize your goals. What do you want to work on? What do you want improve? Is it a new song or an old song? These are all important. Achieving your goals first require understanding your goals.

How to structure your practice time

Scheduling your practice sessions should first be a priority. Even if you work or go to school on a full-time basis, your practice sessions should be scheduled around them, on a daily basis. It is far to easy to because too busy in life and lose track of time. Without scheduled practice sessions, it will be extremely hard to reach your full potential and advance in your skill level. Therefore, be sure that each and every day you set aside specific time to practice.

Make sure the time you schedule is not going to be interfered with visitors or phone calls, or rushed by appointments and commitments.

At the start of your practice session, make time for warm ups. Stretch your fingers and prepare yourself for the session. Warming up can help you work through muscle tensions, so either start up with a few warm up chords or a song you already know.

Then you should start working on your goals, both the long term and the short term. Practice sessions should always be beneficial. While working on things you already know is a great way to fine-tune your skills, you should also, at every practice session, attempt to learn something new. Push yourself to extend that song, learn a new chord, or try something a tad more difficult.

With each session, if you attempt something new, you will find yourself achieving your goals in no time, mastering the concept and moving on to bigger and better things.

In the End

Not everything about playing the guitar is easy. It is important you continue to practice, learn new things, practice some more, and increase your level of difficulty. Practice sessions will help you flourish as a guitarist and find some intense satisfaction as well.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of musicianhome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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