In part 1 of “Improve Your Practice time, I gave 3 key ways you can get the most out of your guitar practice time each day- learn new material, review old material and play time. In part 2, I will give you 3 more things you should do during your guitar time so that you can make the progress you want in your guitar playing.
Dedicated Practice Space
It would be great if we all had a separate room in the house that could be deemed our “music” room. A place that we could go and lock out the world while we get lost on the fretboard. Unfortunately, many of us do not have that luxery. Find a designated spot in your home though that you can keep your guitar out on a stand, your amp plugged in and your practice material out on a music stand so you dont waste time setting up each time you want to practice.
It may be a corner of an office or bedroom, a bonus room, a utility room, a garage or closet! Anywhere that you can take a few minutes periodically and be alone with no distractions.
“Do Not Disturb”
Try to have an understanding with family members that when you close the door to your practice area you are not to be disturbed for anything short of an emergency. Turn off the cell phone, the email and the TV. Create a quiet atmosphere where you can focus completely on playing guitar.
In addition to your guitar, it is also a good idea to keep nearby some other items that you may need during practice. If you are taking online lessons then you obviously want to be close to your computer. Make sure your guitar tuner is close by, as well as a metronome and some picks. It is a good idea to start a note pad for jotting down lesson highlights and always have that within arms reach. Try to keep all these things close to your guitar “workstation” so that you don’t have to interrupt your practice time chasing them down.
I highly reccommend a practice log. A practice log will allow you to track your progress and you will never have to wonder what you should be working on. I created a free blank practice log form that you can use to help you get started. Click here to download.
The key to good and productive practicing is to dedicate your time to a variety of practice elements, to dedicate a space to undisturbed practicing, and to dedicate your mind to focused practice time. By doing this you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish on the guitar, even with a limited amount of time to devote to practice.