5 Key Traits Of Effective Guitar Practice Schedules That Make Your Guitar Playing Better

Sep 13, 2016 • By • 11 Views

To become an amazing guitarist, you have to use effective guitar practice schedules. These kinds of schedules are made up of five main elements that are needed for strong improvement in your guitar playing:

Guitar Practice Element #1: Fixing Problem Areas

In the process of achieving your musical goals you will come across many problems. These problems are specific to you and your musical goals. That said, the guitar practice routines you use must help you solve these problems, such as:

*Inconsistent guitar playing – this refers to being able to play guitar consistently without messing up.

*Poor guitar playing due to not being able to eliminate unwanted string noise.

*Poor hand endurance. Without good endurance, you’ll struggle to play guitar for a long time without making mistakes.

*Two hand synchronization problems – you can’t play fast with great accuracy until your hands are lined up in perfect sync.

*Not being creative enough – being creative is a skill you can practice and improve upon. There are specific routines using practice strategies that will make you a more creative musician.

*Bad timing – you’ll improve rhythm and lead guitar playing skills when you have better timing.

*Getting your guitar skills back after you haven’t played for a long while. You have to practice differently when you want to get your skills back versus when you are just practicing as usual.


Guitar Practice Element #2: Application & Integration Of Your Musical Skills

Don’t just work on musical skills in isolation. Combine them together. You must apply the skills you know in a variety of different musical situations. You should also be combining all the skills you know together (and practicing them this way). This is crucial for mastering in your guitar playing.

This video helps you apply and integrate skills while practicing:

(Optional) Guitar Practice Element #3: Building A Repertoire Of Songs

It’s not a requirement that you learn songs in order to become a great guitarist. However, you might work on songs if the following is true:

*You are working on songs that you will be performing live.

*You are using songs as a means to study musical creativity.

*You like learning songs for the fun of it.

To know how much time you want to spend on practicing songs, take the time to think about how this works into your ultimate guitar playing goals.

Guitar Practice Element #4: Skill Progression

It’s critical that your guitar practicing schedules lead you to improve your musical skills. These skills include:

*Completely mastering the guitar playing techniques for the style you want to play in.

*Learning about how to apply music theory into actual music. Music theory is key for helping you play guitar with emotion.

*Developing aural skills. By doing this, you will be able to hear what you want to play in your head and translate it to your instrument.

*Becoming tight with your rhythm guitar playing. This skill involves being able to play cleanly, accurately, and consistent in perfect time. This needs to be practiced just like any other guitar skill.

*Being able to play scales and arpeggios anywhere on the fretboard.

*Becoming better with guitar phrasing.

*Understanding how to record yourself playing guitar for maximum progress in developing your skills.

*Gaining the power to play in front of others without making mistakes.

*Improvising solos on guitar.

*Writing music.

(Every one of these skills can be broken down into sub-skills that need to be worked on.)

Guitar Practice Element #5: Review

Keep your guitar playing balanced by investing time into reviewing all the skills you’ve learned and instructional materials you’ve used.

Why It’s Necessary To Have Several Practice Routines Accomplish Your Guitar Playing Goals

You will not become a great guitarist using only one practice schedule. A single guitar practice routine is just the beginning to achieving your musical goals. Once you begin reaching your shorter-term goals, you should adjust your schedules to continue progressing more and more. Your guitar practice schedules have to change to meet the demands of new guitar playing goals and challenges.

Your guitar practice will be much more fun when you focus using it to achieve specific goals. When you do this, you’ll see yourself making progress every time you practice (making it more fun in the process). This will make you a better guitarist in less time.

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About The Author: Tom Hess is a professional touring musician, composer and successful rock/metal guitar teacher. He helps guitarists around...