John McCarthy and the team over at RockHouseMethod.com put out a great article on 12 things that you can do right now to improve your guitar playing.
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12 Things You Can Do To Be A Better Guitar Player Right Now
All musicians want to get better with their instrument as quickly as possible. Whether you play guitar, bass guitar, drums, keys or tambourine here are 12 things you can do to be a better musician right now.
11. CREATE A PRACTICE ROUTINE AND PLAY CONSISTENTLY…Soooo important, this may be the most important thing on this list, set a daily practice schedule with a well thought out practice routine. Have a well balanced diet of exercises, scales, techniques and challenging musical pieces. Some students think that they can miss four days of playing and practicing and practice 3 hours one day to make up, this is a misconception. Set up a daily practice schedule that you will be able to keep.
Repetition is the mother of skill and with daily practice you will become a great player
12. DON’T GET FRUSTRATED…Guitar is not and easy instrument and there will be times that you will want to throw your instrument out the window (I lost a few good instruments this way) I have found that the best thing to do when you are feeling defeated by a piece or techniques is to take a break and either play something that you can do well for a few minutes or just put the guitar down and allow yourself to clear your mind and give your fingers a break. When you came back to that particular problem you will have a “fresh perspective” and will have a better chance of mastering it.
Space and perspective will help you not get overwhelmed and frustrated.