So often we get caught in the trap of practicing only the stuff
we’re good at. Unfortunately, this also happens to be the stuff you
already know. We tend to practice this material more, simply because
it’s encouraging to our self-esteem to know we are still capable of
playing well, and are not inadequate in our own eyes. The good news is,
if you are practicing this way, guitar has become an emotional
connection with you, helping to improve your self-esteem. The bad news
is, if you continue to practice this way, you will seriously hinder
your progress in the future. So here are few brief tips to help you
maximize your practice routine, and get the most from every minute.
1. Warm-up. Enough cannot be
said about this. Too often guitarists think a warm-up session is an
unnecessary waste of time. Well, take it from someone who never used to
warm-up before playing; you can develop tendonitis, and other
repetitive motion injuries. It’s very important.
2. Stick to a Goal Each Practice Session.
For example, a goal may be to nail a particular part down, memorize a
chord, or even organizing your material. The idea is, every time you
walk away from your guitar, you know you’ve accomplished something and
can do things you couldn’t do before.
3. Try the 75/25 Method. Spend
75% of your practice time on new and developing material, while only
practicing 25% of the time on material you already know and can do
well. This means if you practice an average of an hour a day, you
should be working about 45 minutes every day on developing material,
and only 15 minutes on old stuff. This balance will help you maximize
your time, as well as keep your confidence high.
Until next time, keep practicin’