13 January 2008

Practice Guitar In The Shower

How would you like some extra time to build your guitar skills? Here's a tip that will give you the opportunity to practice anytime and anywhere, even under the shower. Don't worry about your guitar though, it won't be getting wet...

Extra Practice Time

Imagine the extra practice time you'd have if you could practice while you take a shower or brush your teeth. And what if you could also practice when you're jogging, travelling to work, or cooking your dinner?

Well here's an exercise that you can do during any of these activities. All you need are a few spare neurones working on your guitar playing while the rest of you is doing the other stuff.

Obviously it's not practical to use your guitar in these situations, especially under the shower. The good news is that this exercise, and many others, can be done without a guitar. Read on to find out how...

Practice Without You Guitar

Start by visualising your guitar's fretboard; make sure you have a clear picture of it in your head. Now select one of the strings and name the notes at each fret - you can do this in your head or say them out loud.

You can start with the open string and work up the neck, or start at the 12th fret, for example, and work your way down.

As you do this, try to really 'see' the fingerboard in your mind as you move up or down. Visualise your finger at each of the frets. If you do this you will find that you can instantly recall the frets for any note without thinking about it.

Fretboard Knowledge

This simple exercise will build your knowledge of the fretboard making it available for easy and instinctive recall when you want to play. You can use it anytime, anywhere, and it takes only a few minutes.

Why not give it a try during your next shower or the next time you're waiting at a supermarket checkout, for example. I like to do it while I'm dozing off to sleep at night. I find it a great way to relax.

There are plenty more exercises like this one that you can use to work on other aspects of your guitar skills. If you'd like to read about them just sign sign up for the site feed so you'll be notified when new posts are published.


Lucas said...

Really good tip. You should add a warning to people to save a few neurones to the actions they are doing...It would be really bad if they fall in train lines, burn the house while cooking, waste all their water in the shower...things like that. :)

Gary Fletcher said...

Copin, you're right. Always pay attention to the main activity, especially if you could hurt yourself or others. Keep practice for the easy stuff - washing, brushing your teeth, housework, supermarket queues... :-)


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