Can’t Find Time To Practice Guitar?

As a guitar teacher, one of the most common issues I deal with is students not being able to find time to practice.  We all have busy lives and it can be hard to fit yet one more thing in our lives but with an honest look at how you spend your day and a change in how you approach practicing the guitar, you will be able to get quality practice time in and start reaching your guitar playing goals.

There are many guitar players who spend hours and hours reading about guitar playing, watching gear demos, surfing the web for the latest and greatest guitar lick lesson etc and complain that they don’t have enough time to apply all the information into their guitar practice routines.

The problem is- they never put the guitar in their hands.

Learning to play the guitar is a contact sport.

You will not improve your guitar playing skills by reading about it or watching videos of others doing it.  Sorry but you have to actually put the guitar in your hands and play it yourself.


But don’t get me wrong. I do believe that reading is fantastic, for me it is one of the most rewarding activities. It is also great to get advice from more accomplished guitar players and other musicians. But if you really want to get somewhere, you must apply what you have learned. It is your responsibility to find out how any piece of advice can help you to become better at what you do.

With that said, here’s are a couple of suggestions to help you get your guitar practice time in each day

Make it a priority.

This  means you should do your guitar practice session as soon as possible in any given day.

Let’s face it – we are all “busy”, we have all kind of commitments, there are far too many distractions in this world. If you want to make sure to get your guitar practice done, you have to decide to do it as early as possible.

In an ideal world you would always practice early in the morning, but that’s not always an option. Sometimes you have more time in the morning, other times in the evening. The key is to  complete your guitar workout as soon as you have time available.

Another is to break up your guitar practice sessions in smaller pieces

It is so much better for your playing to practice 10 minutes a day for 7 days then it is to practice for 2 hours in one day.  Now if you are doing the math you're probably asking yourself- “Wait a minute!  120 minutes is more than 70”
This is true but ask yourself- Will you really be able to find a solid 2 hour block of time in your day to practice guitar?  In addition, most people can't focus that long.  In fact studies show that the human mind can only focus on a task for 50 minutes.  It is so much easier for you to find little 10 minute blocks of time each day than it is to clear your schedule for 2 hours to practice the guitar
So keep a guitar handy and when you have 5 or 10 minutes where you're waiting for something else… grab it and play a little.
Do that 2 or 3 times a day and watch things get better…faster.