How to practice

Taking guitar lessons is an important step in learning how to play the guitar. However, what do you do after your lessons? You probably already know the answer: practice what you learned! Unfortunately, many people do not know how to practice what they have learned in their previous guitar lesson. Here are some quick tips to help you understand what you must do.

1. Recall your lesson.

Your teacher wants you to come back to your next lesson knowing what you have previously learned. For that week in between lessons, you should practice what he tought you. It may be scales, finger exercises, modes, solos, etc. Regardless, your teacher will probably show you what you must practice during the week and how you should practice it.

Don’t stray from what he told you to do. There is a good chance that your guitar instructor understands where you are in your level of learning, and he has given you something on your level.

2. Stay focused.

It’s easy to stray away from your original goal while practicing. If your goal is to perform 10 finger exercises in succession, you may become bored half way through and decide to start playing a popular riff that you know. However, doing this accomplishes nothing. If your guitar teacher gave you finger exercises, you should stick to practicing those exercises.

One easy way to stay focused is to keep yourself away from anything distracting, such as televisions, iPods, friends, games and anything else that may distract you. When you notice that you are straying from your original practice goals, stop playing and start over.

3. Take breaks.

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. If you are practicing too much, your brain may become tired, thus resulting in an unproductive practice. Give yourself a rest and let your brain and fingers recuperate. For every 48 hours that you play, you should be resting 24 hours. Additionally, taking a couple of days off won’t hurt you.

I have personally taken weeks off from practicing and noticed great results when I resumed. What I found was that I am much more enthusiastic when I start playing again after weeks of not playing. Being enthusiastic helps you to play the best you can.

Hopefully these tips help you to understand the correct way to practice. If you are in the Dublin, Georgia area and need guitar lessons, don’t hesitate to call me. I’m always available for new students.

-Tom Hooper

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