18 November 2009

7 Ways to Make Guitar Practice Fun

Does your guitar practice feel like a tiresome series of drills, exercises and long repetition of mistakes? If so then finding ways to inject some fun into your practice will benefit you.

When you enjoy practice you'll do more of it and improve faster. When practice seems like a dull and uninspiring activity you are unlikely to look forward to it. You'll find excuses to put it off and one day you might discover you're not practicing any more at all.

Here are seven ideas that can help you to make your guitar practice more fun.

1. Variety is the Spice of Life

There are many guitar methods in book, CD and video form and they cost relatively little. Whatever you're working on don't hesitate to get several tutors on the same topic. The change of exercises and different perspectives of several sources will make learning and practice more fun.

2. Practice in short bursts

Limit your practice sessions to 15 or 20 minutes maximum. When the time is up, stop and do something else. You can do several short sessions per day, but by keeping them short, you'll maximise concentration and minimise boredom.

3. Limit Repetition

Don't repeat any exercise more than 3 to 5 times maximum. Focus on doing the best you can those few times and then you're done. Move on to something else.

4. Plan in Advance

Spend a little effort to plan interesting practice activities. I recommend you set aside a dedicated time for this each week, 15 to 30 minutes should be enough for most of us.

5. Playtime

When you plan your practice you'll want to include a maximum of effective activities to move you forward. But don't cram your practice time 100% full, leave a little space to goof around with a song you like, explore some idea or just see what weird sounds you can get out of your guitar.

6. Backing Tracks

Practice with jam tracks or play along to video lessons. You get more involved and the practice is more like making real music in a band.

7. Practice Partners

Backing tracks are convenient for working at home any time you want. But practice with live musicians is another good way to improve your skills and have fun at the same time. If you have a guitar teacher as if they can suggest another student with similar musical interests you could practice with.

Learning guitar is supposed to be fun. Don't fall into the trap of putting yourself under too much pressure to be better, enjoy what you can play today and better will take care of itself with time. The more fun you have the more likely you'll stick with the guitar and reach your playing goals.

Do you have a favourite trick for making your guitar practice more fun? Share your experience in a comment by clicking the link below. Thanks, Gary.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It really is supposed to be fun! Dedicate yourself to practice the stuff you need to and then let loose and play just for the fun of it. The fun factor is very motivating for me!

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