When you sit down to practice the guitar, do you know what you should really be working on to improve?
Do you just pick it up do whatever comes to mind?
Do you go through the motions of practicing in hope you’ll get good?
Lacking motivation for practise?
Not knowing what to practice is one of the causes for lack of motivation. This is because you’re spending time trying to think about what to do which makes practicing stressful.
I never used to be great at knowing what to practice, after observing hundreds of players, I’ve seen them struggle with the same challenges.
We hear so many students who even if they have been “playing” guitar for years, if they don’t know what to practise, end up seldom picking up the guitar, and when they do, they don’t know what to practise and end up playing the same things over and over again. Rather than improving on areas that actually needs to be worked on.
Distinguish between practise and playing guitar
And often a lot of students when they first come to us, do not know how to distinguish between practising and playing the guitar. Many of them will play the guitar thinking they are practising and wondering why they are not improving at the rate that they should be.
What I’ve found is that there’s an easy way to remove some stress over the idea of practice, and to give you clarity to know what you need to do to get better right now.
I’m going to share with you a habit that the our most successful students have.
They specifically write down notes on what they need to practise and then go away to practise them.
This may seem very simple, but by preparing for the weeks practise by writing down specific things they need to work on their own, and without much effort of pre-planning. They know exactly what few things they need to work on that week.
So each time they sit down, all they have to do is look at their notes and know exactly what to do.
I don’t have a guitar teacher right now to tell me what to practise
If you haven’t got a guitar teacher at the moment, I would still urge you to get a notebook to keep a record of your guitar playing. Each time you practise and come across a challenge, write it down.
Next time you go to pick up the guitar again, you will save yourself time by not thinking about “where was I last time?” but know exactly what needs to be worked on and carrying on.
This approach will help you see significant improvements that is motivating and encouraging so that you pick up the guitar more often.
On top of this, the act of writing down your challenge will help your brain try to figure it in your subconscious.
Even if you are not doing it consciously, your brain is amazing at trying to solve problems, so you may find that next time you pick up the guitar, you are already better than you were last time!
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