You are a young guitar student. You have an instrument, a teacher, and a date set for lessons. However, one thing has seemed to escape your thoughts… creating your guitar practice schedule. When should you practice? Between work, school, friends, and family- where is the time to practice? Thank goodness that with just a little planning and time management, you will have enough time to practice and have time for everything else.
The first step is to find out what is cluttering your time. Unfortunately, you cannot cut out school. However, there are other factors which come into play (including friends, family, and down time). Once you identify all of these factors then you can start rearranging your schedule to incorporate it. Try reducing time with friends by about thirty minutes or so and time with family/down time by the same or more and then you have at least an hour to practice. This does not have to be a daily occurrence. (However if you wish, you may put in practice time daily.) If you want, you can form a five day schedule during the week, leaving the weekend free, or you can make a schedule incorporating every other day. You may choose whatever form of practice schedule it is, as long as it makes you feel comfortable and works with your lifestyle. One thing that may offer a problem to this flow is a work schedule. If so, try your best to work around your work schedule. If you do not work weekends, plan to practice guitar on the weekends.
Practicing Your Guitar Each Day
Now, once you figure out how to fit your practice into your life, you have to figure out what you are going to practice each day. Most of the time, the teacher will tell you what they want you to practice. However, if this is not the case, then feel free to work on your trouble spots first. Whether this is scales, chords, or chord progressions, start with where you have the most trouble. It is recommended to start easy then progress harder over time. For example: start with scales, chords, chord progressions, and then songs. Try not to do all of this in one practice, especially if you are a beginner but incorporate each into each practice as you take on harder aspects of guitar playing so as to refresh yourself constantly to keep it fresh in your mind. Naturally, you should start with scales until you master them, and then build up as you go. When you get to learning songs, it is best to start with an easy song and work on it constantly until you can play it with perfection.
Creating Your Guitar Practice Schedule
Creating your guitar practice schedule sounds like a daunting task, but with a little bit of time and effort you can create a schedule and a routine to suit your needs and aid in what you need to do to improve your guitar skills. Just remember to commit to your schedule and you should be playing like a pro in no time. It also helps to remember the time honored phrase… “Practice makes perfect.”