5 Things to Make Your Practice More Effective

Time is one thing money can’t buy.  No matter how much we have, it is never enough.  So when practicing guitar it is key to use our practice time wisely

1.  Have a goal
Many people’s practices wander from playing from one exercise, tab, or song to the next without any real direction.  Here a pencil and paper comes in handy.  Write down your goals, not only long term goals but short term goals as well.  Long term goals can change or not be ever realized, but they point us in the direction that we want to go.  Short term goals are also important, we need to ask ourselves, “what do I want to accomplish in the next 3 months, 6 months, or even year, that will get me closer to my ultimate goal.  Short term goals give us a light at the end of the tunnel.  Often with something like playing the guitar, it takes years to become a great guitarist.

2.  Practicing things that don’t help us
We can waste a lot of time just playing notes.  Try to practice exercises that will get you closer to the goals you wrote down.

3.  Use a Timer
Use a timer and set aside a certain amount of  time for each exercise, whether it is practicing a technique or a song or ear training., or anything else you are practicing.

4.  Play Other Peoples Songs
Just playing exercises or scales, can get boring and tedious, and may cause us to lose interest after a while.  Try to find songs that include a lot of the techniques that we want to learn, such as alternate picking, bends, or vibrato ect.

5.  Eliminate Distractions
Try to find an area to practice where you won’t be interrupted or distracted while practicing.  Turn off any televisions or any thing else that might divide your attention.  Even though some practicing can be tedious, it still requires our full attention.