They feel as if guitar playing have lost it’s magic. It is no longer an art, its just another drill.
It is not fun anymore. Everything is expectable and quite boring.
But I believe the exact opposite.
I think that keeping a practice schedule can make you a much better guitarist.
Do you want to know how?
Then keep reading . . .
By now you probably now that I am a big fan of deliberate practice. I really do believe that by perfecting your guitar practice habits, you can achieve whatever you want musically.
If you keep on working towards your dreams, if you keep improving your mindset and attitude, if you keep developing a laser focus, you can get there.
And deliberate practice is one of the tools that can help you get there faster.
No, it won’t be easy. But it can be done.
One of the traits of deliberate practice is that it is not much fun. Usually quite the opposite. Deliberate practice is mentally highly demanding. We are consistently trying to make strengths out of our weaknesses. We are always trying to improve some tiny detail of our playing.
And this is where a guitar practice schedule comes into play…
There is a number of benefits why you should start using one:
1/ It gives you control
Knowing how much time you need for your practice routine, what you need to work on, how did you progress since last week or how many repetitions you did, gives you control over your practicing. You know exactly what you need to accomplish and you do it.
2/ It saves time
You stop wasting your time thinking about things that you should do but you cannot remember. You just open your practice journal and know exactly what you have to practice.
3/ You won’t forget the fundamentals
In our world of distractions it is very easy to forget what matters the most. If you don’t schedule the activities that are the most important to you, there is a great chance that you won’t do them. Many guitar students got kidnapped by the latest lick but forget that rhythm, tone and ear development are much more important.
4/ It gives you a sense of accomplishment
Crossing things off your schedule is a great feeling. It means that you walk your talk because you do what you say you’ll do. Not only it gives you a sense of accomplishment and credibility, it also helps you keep your motivation up. And with a strong motivation and powerful habits, the sky is the limit.
5/ It gives you feedback
Many times people overthink things in their head without having the real data. Don’t do the same mistake. By keeping a practice schedule you know exactly what you practiced and what you forgot, what worked and what didn’t. By having this kind of feedback you can make much smarter decisions about what to practice in the future.
I hope that now you can see the benefits of keeping a practice schedule. Yes, it requires a discipline in the beginning but as you keep using it, it will become a second nature. It just makes sense to keep track of your progress on a paper and not in your head.
Starting to use a practice schedule is a great way how to take your practicing into the next level. Don’t wait until tomorrow, create one today and stick with it for 30 days. Adjust along the way. Let me know how that worked for you.
P.S. If you don’t know how to create a guitar practice schedule that would work for you, in my next article I will walk you through step by step process how I do it. So don’t miss it.
Photo: Marco Buonvino
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